They are different… They are called Mentally Challenged, but we prefer to call them DIFFERENTLY ABLED. By definition they have I.Q. less than 70, meaning thereby, that their mental abilities are less than 70% of the average person of their age. However, they may have better development of some skills than the others.

They need to be assessed properly to find out the level of development of their different abilities. Then an educational program needs to be drawn to develop the abilities to their maximum limit. This can be done in a normal school, or in a special school, or at home with the guidance from a special educator. After the age of 18 yrs. They need to be given vocational training to suit their abilities and help them become self-sufficient and thereby fit into society.

They are about 2%-3% of the total population, which means that there are about 2000 to 3000 differently abled children in and around Ratnagiri City.

Considering the need of the Mentally Challenged persons in this region who had some help available only in the big cities like Mumbai & Pune at that time, we, a group of people interested in the development of Mentally Challenged, came together in 1986 to form a Voluntary Organization.

It is named ‘Aavishkar’, which means 'blooming' or 'bringing out the hidden talents. Presently there are about 300 members in our organization, who contribute towards carrying out our various activities.

Executive Committee

  • President: Smt.Neela Palkar

  • Secretary: Dr.Uma Bidikar

  • Vice-President: Mrs.Deepti Bhatkar

  • Treasurer: Mr.Bipin Shah


Committee Members

Members
  • Dr.Shashvat Shere

  • Dr.Sharad Prabhudesai

  • Dr.Manisha Wandkar

  • Mr.Nitin Kanvinde

  • Mr.Sachin Sarolkar

Ex-officio
  • Mrs.Shamin Shere
    PRINCIPAL: SOU. SAVITA KAMAT VIDYAMANDIR

  • Mr.Sachin Waigankar
    CHIEF OF: SHAMRAO BHIDE KARYASHALA
We offer all the services needed from early detection to rehabilitation all under one roof. All our activities are housed in specially designed building i.e. ideal for special education. The building of about 11000 sq. ft. was completed in March 2008. This includes the School, Workshop, Smt. Pramilabai Parulekar- Hydrotherapy unit. It also has Smt. Kamlabai Ajgaonkar - Prasanna Parisar which has flowering plants and trees. There is also a stage in the corner which when the need arises converts the garden into open air theatre and child guidance clinic. The garden has a stage in the corner and also doubles up as an open air theatre.

Aavishkar Workshop

  • Mr. Sachin Sudam Waigankar
  • Mrs. Neha Amol Shivalkar
  • Mr. Sachin Sadashiv Chavan
  • Mrs. Valkabai Haribhau Borhade
  • Mrs. Pratiksha Pramod Pathare
  • Mr. Virendra Govind Chavan

Aavishkar School

  • Mrs. Shamin Shashvat Shere
  • Mrs. Vaishali Sharadchandra Joshi
  • Mrs. Lina Uttam Ghude
  • Mrs. Mansee Rajesh Kamble
  • Mrs. Teja Ravindra Mulye
  • Mr. Babasaheb Rajaram Kamble
  • Mr. Nitin Pralhad Chavan
  • Mrs. Puja Purushottam Dongre
  • Mrs. Shubhangi Gajanan Shinde
  • Mrs. Vidya Sandip Kolambekar
  • Mrs. Vinita Vishvas Pawar
  • Mr. Ravindra Govardhan Khobarkhede

Rehabilitation Center

A full fledged production center where about 50 mentally handicapped persons could be gainfully employed is our next planned project.