Composite Regional Centre for Skill Development, Rehabilitation and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (CRC-Kozhikode), Kozhikode is a service initiative under the Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India with the aim of creating resources and infrastructure required for developing services for persons with disabilities in the state of Kerala. It became functional since November 2011 and is functioning under the administrative control of National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities[NIEPMD], Chennai.
This centre is functioning for the following purposes :
1. Generating Awareness
Pamphlets, brochures, booklets, publications, print media material and electronic media programmes, exhibitions, grass root workers and officers’ training programmes, talks with schools/ colleges students, conducted group visits to the Centre, and miscellaneous programmes.
2. Building links with government organizations
Government of India, Ministry of Labour; Kerala Government, Department Health, Education, Panchayat & SSA, Department of Panchayat, District Administrations; Rehabilitation Council of India.
3. Providing support to NGOs and parents’ groups
Outreach identification & distribution camps, programme development, assessment of beneficiaries, self-help groups, capacity building, parents’ organizations, legal guardianship issues, barrier free access consultations.
4. Human resources development
Long term training courses approved by Rehabilitation Council of India will be initiated following recruitment of professionals. Short term training programmes and CREs for professionals/personnel and parents’ training, internship and students placements, faculty exchange, and training of mobile resource teachers of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan are been conducted.
5. Services for persons with disabilities
Comprehensive diagnostic assessment, therapeutic, educational and vocational services to persons with all disabilities by a team of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation Specialist, Clinical Psychologist, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Prosthetic & Orthotic Engineer, Audiologist, Speech & Language Pathologist, Special Educator, and Orientation & Mobility Instructor, besides parent guidance and counseling, designing, fabricating, and distributing assistive devices are been provided at the Centre.
6. Enhancing special education & vocational training
School readiness training for children with locomotor disability, hearing impairment, blindness, mental retardation, autism, remedial education programmes for children with low vision, and dyslexia, referral for vocational training & guidance.
7. Research & Development
Long-term research project, short researches, innovative appliances, product appraisal, printed material, CDs of training material.