Sol’s ARC | 25 May 2018
“Half of the pressure from the parents’ mind is taken off when you know that your child is in an environment that you can trust completely, and the child also starts responding, when the child feels so free. He has learnt so much , he can read, he can write, he can understand. But as far as the school, I think this is one of the schools of this kind where they put an importance on academics, because 90% special schools in India, don’t.”
— Mrs. Dhir, parent of a student with special needs at Sol's ARC
Since it was founded in 2003, Sol’s ARC has done innovative work in special education through its Therapy Center and Parallel School, with centers and schools in currently located in Mumbai and Pune. Their mission is to nurture the innate abilities of children and youth with special needs through a research-based approach to curriculum development, implementation, and therapy.
From strategic planning and fundraising to implementing HR, finance, monitoring & evaluation programs, Atma conducted multiple projects for Sol’s ARC to improve their sustainability and scalability.
With its partnership with Atma, Sol’s ARC has exponentially scaled in terms of its internal organisation and number of enrollments. The impact that Sol’s ARC has had in terms of increasing awareness and mindsets as far as autism, special needs and resource building in this area are concerned has also increased a great deal.
- Launch of Special Edge Curriculum: A curriculum with standardised learning outcomes for students with special needs, that accommodates different learning methods to arrive at those outcomes. Atma facilitated the creation of cluster of special education organisations with Sol’s ARC as the pivot, to implement Special Edge.
- Atma is assisting Sol’s ARC with Strategy & Goal Setting, Division of responsibilities within the cluster, and Site visits to observe implementation.