special school for mentally challenged children is established in 2004 in
Rajapalayam (a small town in backward Virudhunagar District), Tamil Nadu,
to serve the students in the town and its nearby villages. Ritham School is registered under the
Tamil Nadu government.
started its first step with 4 children in 2004. Now Ritham has more than 100
special students and 24 staff members.
What is the need of Special
Mentally Challenged (MR) and Cerebral Palsy(CP) children have trouble
speaking, understanding social rules, solving problems and thinking
logically. They find it hard to remember things. There is no known cure
for these medical problems. medical intervention is limited to the
treatment and prevention of complications possible from MR's
If these kids are not identified early and given physiotherapy their
muscles will contract and will attain a permanent deformity. Identifying
the condition early and starting education early is the only option.
Today so much is being written about early intervention. Every day the
children lose by sitting at home, is a day lost in their lives.
Training/educating any child, with or without disability must start
early, even as the brain is in the formative stage. The later they come
to school the more difficult it is for them to catch up with the process
And we sincerely believe the kids deserve a chance, they can be educated,
and they are trainable, depending on the severity of the disability. All
it takes is an open mind.
Our motive is to teach them how to improve their daily living skills,
such as getting dressed, using the bathroom, and eating on their own;
communication skills, such as understanding what is said and being able
to answer; social skills with peers, family members, adults, and others.
And where possible educate them for an independent, productive life.