The recent trend in the field of Mental Retardation is integration of the Mentally Retarded population into the mainstream of the society. Sincere efforts put in by the professionals and management of Dakshinya lead to the conclusion that mentally retarded persons can be economically independent either partially or fully if trained properly.
Thus the mentally retarded individuals can lead a successful life by becoming independent in personal, social and occupational spheres if proper training is imparted from the beginning. For the achievement of the goal, a carefully planned training programs is carried out at different levels such as pre-primary, primary, secondary, pre-vocational and vocational - with appropriate emphasis on the curricular goals at different levels. By this way of training students at each level lead a step towards achieving the final goal, i.e., preparation for adulthood.
Above all to meet the increasing demands of the Adult mentally retarded individuals, 'Dakshinya Bhava Samithi " started Vocational Training Center for the Mentally Handicapped Children in 1998 -1999 with 5 trainees, The main objectives of this centre are
To develop work habits and right attitudes towards work.
To inculcate punctuality and regularity
To create opportunities for the development of personal skills, social skills and functional academics.
To provide opportunities for generalizing the learnt skills to daily life and work situation.
To improve skills for receiving and carrying out instructions
To improve communication skills
To improve skills to work an in group setting with necessary adjustments.
To inculcate task completion behavior.
To develop life survival and safety skills
Gradually the strength increased to 23 trainees in the following years and developed into "DAKSHINYA VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED ", where Mechanized leaf plates, Candles, Chalk piece, Phenyl, Detergent powder and Vessel cleaning powder are manufactured. The vocational training center has a screen -printing unit, where printing of greeting cards, visiting cards etc., are done.
Dakshinya is providing empowerment programme for 10 adults with Mental Retardation & Multiple Disabilities. The main objective of this programme is to develop adults with special needs for a better Quality of Life with appropriate livelihood programme. This project has got the support from the SHAKTI FOUNDATION, USA.