AHEAD, Rehabilitation and Research Institute for Autistic and Mentally Challenged Children


Our achievements

We promote “Inclusive Education”. Some students after necessary rehabilitation & training have gone back to mainstream schools. Some are attending school partly here and partly mainstream till they are totally mainstreamed.

Our institute has special focus on students belonging to the economically poor section of the society. We offer 100% freeship to special children belonging to BPL (Below Poverty Line) families while those from low income or middle income families pay only nominal charges as per their ability.
We aim for “Total Rehabilitation” of our student by providing pre-primary, primary, and secondary and Open Basic education for those who can advance as well as vocational training, according to their interest and abilities, to help them achieve economic independence. We have a pre vocational and vocational training unit where we train students to acquire independenceas far as possible. We have conducted government approved training courses in computer and making of handicrafts items. Our students regularly appear in job-fairs organized by us, various other organizations and Government of West Bengal. Many of our students have been successful in getting jobs in companies like KFC and Dominoes, while some have started their own enterprises after completing their training.

Under the expert guidance of our special educators and various therapists, most of our students acquire independence in daily life and social behavior to give relief to the parents and family.

Our students have won many scholarships, certificates and prizes in sports conducted by Special Olympics and also in various music, dance and art competitions.

Singapore International Foundation collaborated with AHEAD to organize training workshops in Singapore and even sponsored teachers’ training on Autism and other disability aspects.

AHEAD is the proud recipient of the “Bharat Nirman Award, 2013” a prestigious Institution Award in recognition of its exemplary contribution in the field of Rehabilitation of Autistics and mentally challenged Children.
AHEAD received the state award in 2012 for creating “Outstanding Barrier Free Environment” in school premises. AHEAD school buses are also barrier free and wheel chair accessible.

Very recently, we have been conferred The Telegraph School Awards for Excellence for the year 2014 under the category – “A School That Cares”.
Sri Soumitra Chatterjee, the iconic Bengali film and stage actor and poet , awardee of  Padma Bhusan and Dada Saheb Phalke awards for his contribution to Indian cinema, has agreed to be AHEAD’s Brand Ambassador. He said he is proud to be associated with the noble cause and AHEAD. He praised our organization and expressed his admiration for the work AHEAD is doing for last three decades, of which he himself is a witness.

33rd Foundation Event celebrated at Kalamandir in August 2012 was graced by the presence of HE Shri M. K. Narayanan, Governor West Bengal and SmtPadmini Narayanan. Representatives of Shri Narayanan visited the school before the event and were highly pleased with AHEAD activity and have promised to be by our side. Shri Narayanan praised AHEAD for its goodwork and encouraged us to march forward.

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