“The greatest waste of our natural resources is number of people who never achieve their potential”
Till late in 20th century, persons with disability were considered a burden on society. They would survive on charity and family care. It was only for the first time in 1981 census that the number of disabled persons was separately shown. It included only physical disability and not mental disability.
In last decade of 20th century there was paradigm shift in disability sector from a model of charity and compassion to medical care and from medical care to Right- Based Social care and finally Social Integration into mainstream. The entire narrative on care, education and rehabilitation of persons with disability underwent a major shift. To address it government of India brought new legislations.
For desired outcome active participation of people and NGO’s was a must. It was the time when in 1994 few professionals of Meerut, who were parents of disabled children, decided to establish a centre for complete care, education and rehabilitation of disabled children in Meerut, particularly intellectually disabled (mentally challenged). Thus Meerut children welfare trust came into being. Among various category of disabilities, intellectually disabled are worst affected. It takes much more efforts to educate or rehabilitate them. Also they are the least beneficiary of government schemes and legislations. It was for this reason that Government of India with another legislation set up National Trust for the welfare of persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities (National Trust Act 1999). All these disabilities can be termed as developmental or Intellectual Disabilities. Meerut Children Welfare Trust is completely dedicated for comprehensive care of intellectually disabled for last twenty five years.
“It is the prime responsibility of any society to ensure highest attainable standards in the development of human resources to its each and every individual irrespective of cast, creed, gender and degree of the ability or disability”.