"When we serve others, we serve ourselves. Do not think, ‘I will help others’–think rather,
‘I will help my own, my world, because I cannot otherwise be happy"
- Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda
PYSSUM is founded on “How to Live” principles of life given by Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda. Yogananda Ji emphasizes on the unconditional service to mankind as the service to GOD. All activities for education and rehabilitation of Individuals with Special Needs at PYSSUM are inspired by the suggestions made by him about the balanced life and healthcare saturated with the ancient spiritual principles.
PYSSUM CENTRES AND WORK HOURS
PYSSUM Child Development Centre (PCDC)
PYSSUM Child Development Centre, first of its kind in Uttar Pradesh, has been set up in a historical city of Lucknow, the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh. Primarily known as the city of Nawabs Lucknow is famous for its politeness, humility and the grandeur of the past. The centre was inaugurated on Sunday 24th July 2005.
We believe, a school must be a happy place for every child, with or without special needs. Therefore, every effort has been made to provide a Pleasant and Spiritually Charged environment to children coming to the centre. Since its inception more than 145 special need children and adults have been registered for the Day Care as well as Home Based Programme. Of the total registered children, approximately 65 children are visiting the centre for the day care. Those who can't reach the centre, our Home Based Programme helps them as far as possible, without any extra charges. Our angels come from all parts of the city. The centre is supported by an extremely dedicated team comprising of Qualified Special Educators, Administrative staff along with the visiting experts and voluntary workers. As a policy, we undertake the responsibility of developing an inclusive environment by adopting the socially challenged children for their educational needs from the local areas.
For PCDC, Socially Challenged individuals are those who either cannot afford to go to a school or have not been able to go to a place of learning due to their social background. PCDC offers to uphold Paramahansa Yogananda Ji’s ideal of unconditional services to all seeking our help. Individual support is considered by the panel of Centre Management Committee, based on the income details provided by the parents/guardians of Mentally/Socially Challenged and are supported by PYSSUM’s Scholarship Scheme.
PYSSUM Vocational Training & Rehabilitation Centre (PVTRC)
Every parent wants their children moving into a worthy occupation that works well for them to lead a socially acceptable life. This is not different for parents of a child with special needs. All working in the social sector related to special need individuals would vouch for this fact that the parents’ aspirations and concerns towards their future life remain the same. As the special need children start growing into adults, howsoever severe may be their challenges, the parents want their special need adult to learn a skill and earn something.
PYSSUM Vocational Training & Rehabilitation Centre (PVTRC) was an outcome of such a need for those who have been with us since the beginning of PYSSUM activities. After eight years of working with our children, there was an emergent need to handle the forthcoming adulthood of our adolescent children. They needed different treatment, different learning methods and above all absolutely different content. They needed occupational skill development according to their needs. Initially, educators along with parents of these children showed concerns about the difficulties they were going to face in near future. Gradually PYSSUM functionaries took a major decision to work on the future needs of these adolescents and pre-vocational and vocational classes were started, which prepared their students for the vocational training.
Along with their behavioral assessment and modification, PVTRC is successfully training the adults in its charge with various vocational activities, namely, Office Management, Domestic Food Production, Handicraft Items Production and other service areas.
PYSSUM Research & Training Centre (PRTC)
Regular quality training and knowledge up-gradation of its team of disability workers has been one of PYSSUM’s primary goals. PYSSUM Research & Training Centre, is an outcome of these efforts and aims to develop a quality work force not only for its own needs but also the need of the state in general through its regular in-house and outstation training programmes.
In the year 2006, PRTC’s collaboration with Centre for Development & Disability and Envision New Mexico at University of New Mexico, USA through the instrumentality of ECHO Project, brought new direction and enthusiasm in our Training Programmes. Realizing the dire need of evidence based quality training of disability workers, the able guidance of Emeritus Prof Catherine McClain and Ms. Patricia Osborne of Centre for Development & Disability and Prof Jane McGrath, Director, Envision, PYSSUM introduced a special project namely “India Autism Project” and initially began regular training sessions through Tele-Conferencing which was later extended to Zoom Video Conferencing.
Through many Telehealth sessions, PRTC has been able to introduce Evidence-Based Knowledge of Autism and train around more than 500 disability workers from varied backgrounds. The tireless efforts of team extended our collaborative projects India Intellectual Disability Project and India Autism ECHO Project beyond the boundaries of Lucknow connecting with Special Educators, the Main Stream School Educators, the Administrators of various institutions, Parents, Employers and Pediatricians in the other parts of the continent.
In 2010, the Rehabilitation Council of India approved PRTC to become a training centre for Two Year Diploma Programme in Intellectual Disability.
PYSSUM Early Intervention Centre and PYSSUM School for Inclusive Education
In October 2018, PYSSUM formally began another activity important to support the children at risk in the age group from birth to 4 yrs. Early Intervention is the foundation of the mainstreaming and inclusive education of children with the risk of learning disabilities. If undertaken willingly by mainstream educational institutions, most children may not require the support of the special schools and thus can help in the mainstreaming with the society in general.
PYSSUM Vocational Training and Rehabilitation Centre
Individual Cleaning Assignment: 09:30 am to 10:15 am
Individual Skill Development Assignment One: 10:15 am to 11:15 am
Tea / Coffee Break: 11:20 am to 11:45 am
Individual Skill Development Assignment Two: 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
Preparation for Prayer Session: 01:00 pm to 01:30 pm
Lunch & Free Time: 01:30 pm to 02:30 pm
Music / Academic Session: 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm
Individual Assignments: 3:15 pm to 3:45 pm
Healing Prayer Session: 3:50 pm to 4:00 pm
Kindly help us serve you better by seeking an appointment before you reach the office.
Weekdays: From 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Saturdays: From 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Sundays between: 2 pm to 4 pm
Visiting Hours: 11 am to 3:30 pm
PYSSUM Child Development Centre
Morning Prayers: 10:15 am to 10:45 am
Class Room/Individual Sessions: 10:55 am to 12:30 pm
Lunch: 12:30 pm to 01:30 pm
Lobby Rhyme / Song / Dance Session: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Please visit RCI website for more deatils about various disability courses in India. For the information regarding D.S.Ed., IAEP or IIDP programmes, please contact Course Coordinator Mrs. Anju Misra @ 0522-6545944, Mob: +91 (0) 9839329642/9044037476.