Doors opened April 2013
The origin of the clinic was in response to the great demand for the service in Malawi as a lot of kids with special needs were left unattended. The official name, Able Kids Rehab, came about after looking at the stigma attached to the term disability.
- Education: we offer pre school education to kids with special needs with a goal of preparing them for public school, this is a very unique service as kids with disabilities don’t have preschool access thereby stopping them to start school on time.
- Speech Therapy: we offer intensive speech and language stimulation to facilitate independent communication.
- Physiotherapy: we offer intensive muscle and movement stimulation to facilitate mobility and posture.
- Occupational Therapy: we offer intensive gross and fine motor stimulation, and training in activities of daily living.
- Audiological Assessment: we offer basic hearing screening and assessment and referral for further management.
- Specialised Equipments: We design and fabricate locally made adaptive equipment for use in class and at home.
- Counselling: we offer parent to parent and therapist parent counselling to offer social support to parents and avoid denial/stigma that can lead to neglect.
- Feeding Program: we offer a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack to all children attending school.
The needs going forward include expanding the infrastructure of the clinic (e.g. building wells).
We feel need to need to expand the clinic’s reach into the community.
Able Kids Rehab is currently looking to relocate and build a larger school to be able to serve more children and to decrease the size of the wait list. The City of Blantyre has offered a plot of land free of charge for just such a building.
Able Kids also would like to become more securely funded as we are often going from month to month not knowing if they will have enough funding for the next month.
This is a not for profit organization, but they would love to be able to pay all of their staff, currently there are some staff members being paid with sugar and soap.