Tamil Nadu State Government – Under the National Programme for Rehabilitation of Persons with disabilities, the Office of the Special Commissioner for the Disabled, Chennai has established a State Resource cum Training Centre at K.K. Nagar.
The main objectives of State Resource cum Training Centre center will be
1) Rehabilitation services
2) Referral services
3) Information on other services
4) Training programme
5) Man power development
6) Research activities
The following services will be provided initially at the Centre by the Non Governmental Organizations and Governmental Organizations.
1. Providing out patients services to all type of persons with disabilities
2. Issue of National Identity Cards and Disability certificate.
3. Awareness creation on training on employment opportunities available for persons with disabilities.
4. To set up legal unit for persons with disabilities.
5. To conduct training programmes.
6. Initially participating NGOs will provide services at least once in a week.
7. Showcase best practices of Governmental Organizations.
Persons with disabilities of all categories will be provided specialized services under one roof. The expertise of various NGOs in the field of disability will be availed. Various kinds of training programmes will also be conducted here. The Training Hall at SRTC can be used as a multi-purpose hall for various activities like training, interactions of parents, leisure club, as a convenient locationt to display aids and appliances as well as the products made by the persons with disabilities, exhibition, and sales event to promote marketing of products made by persons with disabilities.
Under Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995, State Co-ordination Committee and State Executive Committee have been constituted and are functioning to monitor the rehabilitation schemes and to suggest to the Government new schemes to be implemented for the disabled.
As per the National Trust Act, local level committees have been constituted in all the districts to protect the interest of persons with cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation and multiple disability.
As per the section 52 of the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 all the NGOs functioning for the disabled persons are registered by the Special Commissioner. Special Commissioner is having judicial powers under the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995.
The private institutions functioning for the psychiatric rehabilitation of the mentally ill persons are being registered under Special Commissioner for the Disabled.
Under this department, 10 Government Rehabilitation Homes are functioning for the care of leprosy affected persons for their rehabilitation and one Government Care Camp is functioning to look after the needs of the beggars.