Welcome to WARDS
We at WARDS believe that “Every child is special”. WARDS is a NGO providing support to individuals suffering from autism, cerebral palsy, multiple disabilities and mental retardation. In this endeavour to bridge the gap between these children and others in the same age group, WARDS has come a long way helping these children cast aside their weaknesses and fight their way through life, without a trace of inhibition.
While the challenges these children experience last for a life, much can be done to help them enjoy life and participate in the society. The symptoms of these disabilities are treatable-there are many interventions that can make a significant difference. With the help from agencies and individuals, WARDS has the potential to translate their vision to reach a larger section of the disabled population in the society and can make a difference for these individuals who face heart-breaking challenges every moment of their lives.
We offer various programs like Special Education, Therapy, Digital Skills Training, Vocational Training, Early Intervention, Welfare, Outreach Program and various other programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities We are currently providing services to 86 children between the ages 5 to 25 years and 8 Adults from various socio-economic backgrounds.
“Promote Understanding, acceptance and full community inclusion for the challenged.”
Wards is the brain child of Mr. C.M.Kathavarayan, a visually impaired person who started WARDS in the year 1992. He was born in a village called Gingee, South Arcot District, Tamil Nadu on 15th June, 1949. He migrated to Bangalore when he was seven years old. When he was a child he once suffered from high fever and became totally blind due to the usage of local medicines. The world virtually looked to him as if he has lost his life with no respect in the society. He grew up with the smear sympathy and pity from the people around. However he was not knowing the effect of the sightless world in which he grew with symbol of laughter, poverty and stigma.
Though these label of sympathy and pity affected his personality, he gained his strength to over-come these sympathy and pity. At the age of 10, he joined a blind school in Whitefield, Bangalore. He completed 10th grade in eight years. He continued his education and completed B.A, M.A and B.Ed. He specialised in teaching the blind (DTB) and worked as a high school teacher for the visually impaired. He taught teacher trainees for ten years.
As it is in the books of Helen Killer “Charity is the biggest burden. I am angry at charity and we are hungry for opportunity”. He strongly believed in this statement as it was ringing in his mind whenever he was discouraged hearing the negative statements made by the people around him. His desire to do some thing more for the physically challenged, CP and autistic individuals led him to take voluntary retirement in the year 2000 after serving 25 years teaching the visually impaired and start WARDS.
WARDS was registered in the year 1991. The first project for mentally challenged children was launched in the year 1992. Many NGOs like KPAMRC, National Trust, and Parivaar stood by him and guided him whenever he needed advice in this line. He got the right inspiration from the right people who had inspired him with their teachings and examples to go in the right direction to plan, execute and implement the rehabilitation programs at WARDS.
After a life-long struggle for WARDS, he passed away on Sep 12, 2018. His daughter Mrs.Aruna has taken over as the new secretary of the school from 18th September 2018. With new infrastructure WARDS has restarted the journey to reach the untouched sections of the society and realise his vision. WARDS management will strive hard to keep his memory alive and continue to realise his dreams for a brighter world for the challenged.
Members on the Board
With the combined efforts of dedicated and committed members from different walks of life, the dream of Mr. Kathavarayan has turned into reality and taken shape in form of WARDS.
Mr. Bandla VishwanathChief Finance Manager, Vakil Housing Dev Corp Pvt Ltd
Mrs. ArunaBachelor of Arts
Mr. Nagendran Padmanabhan PadikkaraCivil Engineer (Rtd)
Mr. Lakshmi Narayan Narasinha HegdeCivil Engineer (Rtd)
Mrs.Pradeepa AnchalaM.S. (Computer Science)
Mr. Alexander NinanTeacher (Rtd)
Associate Vice President, Tech MahindraBoard Member
Mr. Byraiah. A
Ex Employee, Rane Engine ValvesBoard Member
Head Mistress, WARDSBoard Member
Process Leader, Capita India Pvt LtdBoard Member
WARDS has been accorded with all legal documents of Government of Karnataka and Government of India to function as fulfilled organisation.
- Registered as a society under the Societies Registration Act of Karnataka in the year 1991.
- Recognised by the Director of Employment and training ,Karnataka Government to function as a Vocational Training Centre in the year 1998 for M.R.Persons.
- Accorded with Exemption under section 80G of Income Tax Act of India.
- Accorded with FCRA number by the Home Ministry, Government of India in the year to receive foreign Donations.
- Accorded with permission to run a Special School for MR Children up to the age of 16 years by the Government of Karnataka.
- Accorded with registration certificate under Persons with Disabilities Act in the year 2005 under the Government of Karnataka – Office of the Deputy Director, Women and Child Development And Department for the Empowerment of Differently abled And Senior Citizens, Bengaluru Urban District.
- Registered with The National Trust.