Bala Vihar is a pioneer in the field of education, training and rehabilitation of mentally challenged children. Over the past sixty years thousands of differently abled from under privileged sections of society have benefited from the services offered by Bala Vihar.
Education and rehabilitation of intellectually challenged children is the primary focus at Bala Vihar. Apart from the Special School, there is a Residential Care Center and a Day Care Center for the special children. Catering to the economically backward sections of society, free transport service and lunch is provided for the special children attending the Day Care center.
The Day Care Centres give individual attention and training to children with autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. Each child starts with the early intervention program and moves onto Pre-primary, Primary, Pre-vocational and Vocational training. Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy have helped students integrate into society. Emphasis is given to sports and the number of medals won by the children in state and national level games is truly remarkable.
Bala Vihar at Veppampattu reaches out to mentally challenged adults and houses over 100 residents. Recognised as a nodal institution by Department of Disabilities, Govt of Tamil Nadu, the Home provides vocational training in
Residents are involved in small-scale production of items such as candles, paper envelopes, cleaning liquid and woven mats. They have a green side to them as a fair number have taken up agricultural activities, which cover growing vegetables, fruits and rearing livestock. The products are used by the residents, and the excess is sold to the nearby villages.
The MCJ Special High School offers quality education to hearing impaired children from Classes I to Class X. Trained special educators and an audiologist help develop the potential of these children. Hearing aid is provided to the children so that they can follow the class better and integrate easily into society.
Since most of the children are from economically weaker sections, vocational training is provided from Class VI onwards. This helps children who cannot study further to get jobs as soon as they complete school. The sponsorship program of the school covers their education, mid-day meal, micro nutrients, books and field trips.
The Home provides a safe haven for the physically challenged children. It runs a Special School for the Disabled upto Class V and ensures all the children are computer literate. Older children are either sent to other residential Homes of the Guild or are admitted to schools nearby and continue residing at the Handicapped Home till they finish school.
Surgical corrections are done wherever necessary for the children and they are then provided with callipers, crutches or artificial limbs.
To help physically challenged adults, vocational programs in cell phone servicing and tailoring have been introduced. This training imparted to them helps them gain a foothold and become financially independent.