CENTRAL INSTITUTE ON MENTAL RETARDATION (CIMR) is a voluntary, social service organisation, one of the large national level NGO in India working for the welfare and rehabilitation of mentally challenged persons. Rev. Fr. THOMAS FELIX CMI, a Catholic priest, who devoted his life for the cause of mentally disabled children in India, founded this organisation. The governing board members of this NGO are parents of mentally challenged and their friends and well-wishers.The aim of this organisation is to work for the total development of the mentally challenged persons in India by acquiring and disseminating information on methods of normalizing them; and to promote awareness of this problem among parents and public.
CIMR was founded in 1980 for education, training, development and rehabilitation of the mentally challenged. It works closely with the families of the mentally challenged, professionals working in this particular field and various governmental agencies. Through its dedicated and committed service for the ‘poorest of the poor’, it has earned itself an international reputation and is today a National Resource Centre. Drawing from its vast experience and research-oriented knowledge base, CIMR is an established organization par-excellence in the area of human development with special reference to the mentally challenged. CIMR is an answer to the call of life – each and every human being by his or her very existence has a right to live. Unfortunately, the mentally challenged have been traditionally relegated towards
the darker corners of the human mind and society. CIMR and its various activities have delivered many mentally challenged persons from the bonds of misery and darkness; and thrust them into the sunshine of the Almighty as well as normal human endeavours.
Types of Education Provided
The Three C’s Concept – Creativity, Comprehension & Competence.
The process of teaching is Knowing the Shapes (concept building), Making the Shapes (Carpentry and Stitching), Selecting the Shapes (Cycle Assembling) and Combining the Shapes (Home Management Class which includes Cooking, Washing and Ironing Clothes, Bed Making, Cleaning Classrooms, Bathrooms, Toilet, Surroundings etc.). The education also covers, Drawing and Painting, Health and Hygiene, Horticulture, Time and Money Concept, General knowledge, Sports and Games (both indoor and outdoor), Dance, Vocal Music and Instrumental Music (Tabla, Mridangam, Guitar, Jazz, Drums, Organ, Bongos and Harmonium) and Band.
Knowing the shapes – It is the first class based on ‘shapes-based curriculum’. Here idea formation according to basic shapes and colours is done. The shapes of concrete objects are understood by the five senses. Learning through shapes, aims to teach letters, numbers, reading and writing.
Making the shapes – It is the second class. This class focuses on ‘Making the shapes’ and ‘Giving shapes and forms.’ The intention is to prepare the person to make different shapes in different materials like wood, metal, paper or fibre and thereby making the person eligible for earning a living.
Selecting the shapes – This is the third class. This class teaches the person to select the shapes according to the need. Here the students achieve the ‘decision-making’ power to select the necessary shapes and to eliminate the unnecessary ones.
Combining the shapes – This is the fourth class. Here the process of ‘combination of measurements’ is understood. They learn to combine different shapes in order to make new materials. It mainly aims at ‘Home management’. The class also prepares the students in Cooking, Cleaning, Working, Ironing, Bed making etc.
By attending the four classes, a person becomes eligible for a job, a comfortable home and acceptance of the society. ‘Knowing the shapes’ class teaches the person reading and writing. ‘Making-Selecting the shapes’ class prepares the students to achieve a job or earn for their living without depending on others and be self-sufficient.The classes provide the students with self-confidence without which they may not be able to achieve anything in life. These classes equip to face the challenges in life and fulfil dreams.The result of this method of teaching helps them to attempt activities such as Horse Riding, Car Driving, Farming Techniques, all types of Classical Dance, playing Instruments and Music.
Watch the journey of Joy Mathew, An extraordinary personality who have achieved impeccable goals in life.
He gathered the courage to fight his disabilities and acquired practical knowledge under the trainings of CIMR institute
Odissi is one of the pre-eminent classical dance forms of India, which originated in the Hindu temples of the eastern coastal state of Odisha in India.
Watch the Mind-blowing performance by our students @ CIMR.