About Multiple Disabilities

When a child has several different disabilities we say, that he/she has multiple disabilities. For example, a child may have difficulties in learning, along with controlling her movements and/or with hearing and vision. The effect of multiple disability can be more than the combination of two individual disabilities.

A child who is multiple disabled should receive help as early as possible so that she can be helped to achieve her potential, and so that her disabilities will not become worse.

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National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities

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  • A client given training in Occupational Therapy Unit
  • Physiotherapist assessing  a Person with Disability
  • Adult with Multiple Disability given training at Vocational training unit
  • Psychological Assessment to a client
  • A Client given training in Special School
  • Children with Disability given training at Early Intervention Unit
  • Children with Autism and additional Disabilities given training at Special School
  • A Deafblind client given training in Deafblind Unit
  • Yoga Performed by Persons with Disabilities
  • Assessment  of a client at prosthetic & Orthotic Unit
  • Adult with Multiple Disabilities Performing different activities in Vocational Training
  • Parents of Persons with Disabilities given training on Tailoring & Embroidery

National Institute for empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD) established in the year 2005, on East Coast Road, Muttukadu, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, (about 30 km from Chennai Central railway station, Mofussil bus terminus and airport) Under Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India, to serve as a national resource center for empowerment of persons with Multiple Disabilities such as those with two or more disabilities in a person. The Disabilities enumerated as per PWD (1995) Act, are Low Vision, Blindness, Locomotor Disability, Hearing Impairment, Mental Retardation, Mental Illness, Leprosy Cured Persons and as per The National Trust (1999) Act, are Cerebral Palsy and Autism.

Objectives

  • To undertake development of human resources for management, training rehabilitation, education, employment and social development of persons with Multiple Disabilities.
  • To promote and conduct research in all areas relating to Multiple Disabilities
  • To develop Transdisciplinary models and strategies for social rehabilitation and to meet the needs of diverse groups of people with Multiple Disabilities.
  • To undertake services and out reach programs for the persons with Multiple Disabilities.

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Vision

The Persons with Multiple Disabilities have equal rights to lead a better quality of life. This may be enabled with committed professionalism, accessible environment, equal opportunities, positive attitudes and appropriate, affordable, acceptable and available technological interventions.

Mission

To provide need based comprehensive rehabilitation through team approach facilitating inclusion, ensuring empowerment of persons with Multiple Disabilities and their families and by substantiating field based research and development of human resources.

Value Statement

Promoting quality of life for persons with Multiple Disabilities through equal participation of clients, families, professionals and community agencies.