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Integral Education
Therapy Centre


Education and Therapy – The need

Disability is very common among children in the area, including Cystic Fibrosis, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Downs Syndrome, Autism and many other problems. There is little provision for these children who are often kept indoors and restrained while their parents go out to work - if they can find it.

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A Ray of Hope

In 2017, a new 10,000 square foot facility was built to provide education and innovative therapy to over 100 children with special needs.

The project is directed by Sylvia Wright, in cooperation with the Rangammal Memorial Rehabilitation Society and has been championed by Miss Lee Morgan from the US and by the Sylvia Wright Trust.

The architects, GNA from Bangalore have supervised the build and have given their services free of cost and the builders and many other suppliers have offered their services at discounted prices. 

The funding to date has come from The Sylvia Wright Trust from the UK, the US and the generosity of donors from around the world including a number of Indian supporters. This multidisciplinary Centre is the first wheelchair accessible facility in Tiruvannamalai, and also includes a hydrotherapy pool. It is hoped that in due course the centre will be promoted as an outpatients clinic and a centre of excellence for the whole district, becoming a model for the treatment of the differently abled. 


The Facilities

The children are bussed in each day to the Centre which is is in the grounds of the school for the hearing impaired and it has been purpose built to provide space, light, colour and a stimulating environment. There are 9 classrooms, with both Indian and Western toilets. The classrooms and dining room surround a large, sheltered courtyard, and there are long external walkways, all to encourage play and exploration.


Some of the classrooms are designated for particular education and therapeutic purposes including academic, sensory, music, art, occupational and physical therapies.There is also a warm water pool, funded by Rotary which is especially beneficial for those children with spasticity and related difficulties.


Care, Education and Development

The Centre aims to integrate care, development, physical therapies and education. Care includes medical attention where required and appropriate nutrition. Development includes occupational therapies to help the children with the tasks of daily living. Physical therapies, include hydrotherapy and speech therapy, which are given as required.

Education is integral to the programme and will be taken to whatever extent each child can manage. The children are all encouraged to explore, to discover themselves and their environment and to realise their potential”

The children are bussed in each day, 5 days a week.

The children are given medical care, two meals ech day and nutritional supplements.
They make huge progress in learning and social integration thanks to the kind and dedicated staff, whilst the parents are given much needed respite.



Children with spasticity are treated in the warm water pool to minimise pain whilst the pools is available for all the children for play and relaxation.

Parents are given support and advice
The centre costs around £5,000 per month to run


Please contact Angela Clark (tel: 0113 26677 660) if you would like to sponsor one of these disabled children. Their education and care costs about £40 per month - truly amazing value for what is achieved. The costs for a deaf child at Sylvia’s boarding school are higher. Again, their achievements far outweigh their costs. Sponsors give what they can afford.