|At the age of 18, students
transfer to the Vocational Training
Center to learn market-driven
skills and crafts. Regularity, precision, innovation and
creativity are the keywords at the center.
Thus, the pure white 300 gsm acid-free deckle-edged
handmade paper produced by some of our papermakers has
found great favor with the artist community.
Specially made works by leading Indian artists using
the paper as their canvas are showcased during the Art
for Prabhat exhibitions and a part of the proceeds
are used to further develop the programs of the Society.
But the road to development is not about school and
vocational education alone. At SFCD we have for long
lamented the difficulty in accessing information related
to disability issues. In 1999, we took matters into
our own hands and embarked on a unique website called
the Disability India Network.
Encouraged by the enthusiastic responses we added an
Online Legal Aid Cell which
provides pro-bono counsel to the disabled and their
SFCD conducts research and develops accessible reports
and publications for wide dissemination. The
World Bank, National Commission for Women, and Handicap
international have been among our sponsors.
To expand the scope and extend our reach further, in
2004, we set-up a Parent Support
Network to provide a forum for parents to benefit
from each others' experience and to bring home the truth
that "a well informed parent makes a better parent."
Because of this expansion, the Society for Child Development
now includes a variety of programs and initiatives to
promote the rights of persons with disabilities from