CARING FOR THE DISABLED
IS A MARATHON, NOT A SPRINT
At FIG, we work via four entities that directly serve disabled children and adults. In each of these institutions, we approach our efforts with the conviction that caring for the disabled should be a long-term commitment not merely for family and caregivers, but for also organisations that serve the community. The people that we work with at FIG, have moderate to severe NDD. This means that they as well as their caregivers will need to prepare not only for the typical growing years, but for the several decades that come after. And it is in these years that the most significant life changes occur: the departure of siblings, the ageing of parents, and their own physical decline. It is a lifetime of adaptation and learning both for the person with disability as well as for the caregiver/s. And at FIG, we aim to be a resource that both of them can draw learning, support and reassurance from, during that journey. We call this our LIFESPAN APPROACH.
Our focus and methods at the Centre for Children, respite care centre (Karuna), and day activity centre (Swavalambana) are informed by a scientific understanding of disability, but we derive our everyday energies from a desire to infuse everything with do with respect for the DIGNITY OF EACH PERSON in our community. We believe that intentions matter, and that they animate each task, each decision, and each outcome.
We believe that social and economic status must not be allowed to form a barrier to a LIFE OF EQUALITY . To this end, we have worked to ensure that the FIG welcomes and provides for persons from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. We subsidise or waive charges for nearly 75% of the members at our Centre for Children and Karuna, and are keen to increase this number in the near future.