In a unique initiative, Muskaan in partnership with National Trust (a statutory body constituted by Govt. of India for taking care of the needs of people with Autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability & multiple disabilities) has developed a residential facility for adults with intellectual disabilities. Located in south Delhi, our model of residential facility moves away from ‘care model’ to an empowering model of ‘Assisted living’. Muskaan has endeavoured to create a residential facility that could set an example showing the possibility and practicality of the model where residents are participants in running the home. The journey of establishing this facility was arduous but it reconfirmed our faith in the capabilities and sense of responsibility of adults with ID.
The need for a residential facility for people with disabilities can be hardly overemphasized, they need support and supervision throughout their lives, particularly when parents are old, sick or pass away. The challenge is to conceptualize and create good models of assisted living that recognize not only the basic survival needs but also a whole range of other personal, social and psychological needs for fulfilled lives.
- The model of residential facility adopts an empowering model of ‘assisted living’ and moves away from the ‘care model’.
- The residential facility is run with active participation of the residents. Opportunities for Vocational rehabilitation are also provided to all the residents
- The Residential complex strives to be eco-friendly and ‘Green’ and is run and managed in an environmentally sustainable way.
- The residential facility model also includes active participation of the local community of Dera village, and strives to integrate the residential project into the surrounding communities, thereby creating community acceptance and ownership.