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28 11, 2019

JUJU – An extraordinary life in CIMR

Joy Mathew (Juju) is one of the students from Central Institute on Mental Retardation (CIMR) with Down-Syndrome. Juju has participated in the Para-Olympics Basketball competition which was held in Spain, 1992. In this competition, Juju was representing INDIA and was also a member in the Republic Day parade. Juju’s achievements were spread in many fields for the disciplined life, attractive personality, achievements in physical and cultural activities. Being independent and efficient in lifestyle, Juju has become a role model for the mentally challenged persons to have an extra-ordinary life. Juju was born in September 1972, as the second son of Adv.Vivekananda and Dr. Glorine at Kottayam district, Kerala, India. Juju was raised up with good facilities and care and it took some time for Dr. Glorine to notice the signs of mental disability in Juju. Like every mother, Dr. Glorine [Read More]

28 11, 2019

Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam gifts horses to CIMR

As an expression of his concern for the special children, the former President of India Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam gifted two Army horses to the Central Institute on Mental Retardation (CIMR). In 2007, the horses, Fairluck and Victor were formally handed over to Father Felix at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan and were brought to CIMR Trivandrum by the trainer Mr. Pradeep Kumar in an Army truck. The President’s generosity enabled the vision of the founder-director Fr Thomas Felix to use horse riding as a therapy to sharpen the skills of the special children. It has been scientifically established that allowing children to ride, groom and mingle with horses would sharpen their senses as horses were known for their mental agility and physical dynamism Pradeep Kumar, a national equestrian champion from the Army and his colleague Netram stayed in CIMR premises [Read More]