Projects

 Anandini’s first project was a Research based study on ‘Institutional Care Facilities’. This study was funded by ‘The National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities’ [under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India. ]

 The  research study focused on looking at the issue of institutional care from various perspectives :

 -  From the perspective of families – it tried to understand the need for institutional care;

 -  From the perspective of persons with disabilities who are in these institutional care facilities - it tried to get an insight        into their thoughts and feelings; and what facilities, skill-building and other inputs are extended to them there and

- From the perspective of the organisations running these institutional facilities – it tried to understand the  thoughts and   ideas behind starting; facilities that they have and the standards that are maintained; It also looked into how much      emphasis and focus there is on skill and capacity building of persons with disability.

Anandini conducted another Research based study in this area of Institutional Care facilities in 2012. It interviewed Heads of 120 Organisations running institutional care facilities and tried to gain an insight into their plans for their residents there. It delved into aspects of independence training of the residents; the links the institution maintains with the community and how the Rights of the residents are being respected in light of The UN CRPD. The research study was done for The National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities, under The Ministry of  Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India. The recommendations given are being incorporated by them in their plans for the future. 

Anandini has written training modules for and with Aarth-Astha on the following :

– Independent Living

- Mobility- covers the various dimensions of mobility, Schemes and Facilities.

Anandini also wrote a Training Module for Child Protection Agencies entitled, ‘Guidelines on working with a Child with Disability for Child Protection Agencies’.

Anandini was a consultant with Aarth-Astha for a study on ‘The Child Protection Systems in India with a focus on Children with Disabilities’.  Anandini researched the Laws for Children with Disabilities and The Juvenile Justice Act to look into how children with disabilities are seen under these Acts. A detailed Report was submitted for this. The study pointed to the fact that there are no specific measures or focus on protection for children with disabilities even in our special laws.