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Disability is when a loss or reduction in any physical or psychological function results in a partial or total inability to perform any bodily or mental functions in a manner or within the range considered normal for a human being. Within the range of disabilities, mental challenges are felt as one of the serious problems affecting the family economically and emotionally. Kudumbashree initiated the Disability Mainstreaming Program namely Buds. To avoid the sin of labeling and stigmatizing towards the mentally challenged, the school was named as “BUDs”. The first BUDS institution was started at Venganoor Panchayat in 2004.

With the policy focus on inclusive and integrated education more and more mentally challenged children began to enroll in government schools. This has provided the mentally challenged children an opportunity for schooling in an inclusive atmosphere where they can learn upto the age of 18. However there was no institution to take care of the mentally challenged above the age of 18 especially in rural areas which became another problem and issue for the family. The neighborhood groups began to demand for day care and training for mentally challenged adult persons within the local areas. The panchayats also demanded for such an initiative. It was in these circumstances that Kudumbashree mission came up with the concept of BRC and the Government of Kerala approved the proposal. Thus Kudumbashree decided to focus also on post school age group. The Government of Kerala accordingly approved the innovative model. Thus in 2015 BUDs Rehabilitation Center was formed. The centre focuses on the rehabilitation, training and day care of these mentally challenged persons.

At present there are 181 BUDS institution in Kerala. The detailed list of BUDS institutions in all the districts of Kerala as follows.

Number of BUDS Institutions as on 15-March-2018
Sl.No. Name of the District BRC BUDS Total
1 Thiruvananthapuram 28 2 30
2 Kollam 13 2 15
3 Pathanamthitta 3 0 3
4 Alappuzha 9 7 16
5 Kottayam 1 0 1
6 Idukki 1 1 2
7 Ernakulam 11 17 28
8 Thrissur 6 2 8
9 Palakkad 6 2 8
10 Malappuram 8 8 16
11 Kozhikode 10 12 22
12 Wayanad 2 1 3
13 Kannur 6 14 20
14 Kasaragod 2 7 9
  Total 106 75 181
BUDS Students District wise
Sl.No District No. of students
1 Thiruvananthapuram 91
2 Kollam 67
3 Pathanamthitta 0
4 Alappuzha 308
5 Kottayam 0
6 Idukki 47
7 Ernakulam 684
8 Thrissur 102
9 Palakkad 46
10 Malappuram 412
11 Kozhikode 503
12 Wayanad 41
13 Kannur 601
14 Kasaragod 429
  Total 3331
BRC Students District Wise
Sl.No District No. of students
1 Thiruvananthapuram 870
2 Kollam 339
3 Pathanamthitta 99
4 Alappuzha 212
5 Kottayam 63
6 Idukki 33
7 Ernakulam 245
8 Thrissur 182
9 Palakkad 203
10 Malappuram 193
11 Kozhikode 236
12 Wayanad 30
13 Kannur 97
14 Kasaragod 38
  Total 2840

At present 6171 children are studying in these 181 BUDS institutions. The children within the vicinity of respective Local Self Government Institutions are enrolled in these BUDS institutions.

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No.43145-FM-1-2010_26-07-2010 BUDS Special School
No.77737-FM-1-2011 _ 01-04-2011 BUDS Special School
P No.162-2011_29-07-2011 BUDS Special NHG
M.S No.144-2013_06-04-2013 BUDS Rehabilitation Centres
KS No.H1-17778-2013_17-06-2013_Circular_DSJ-Recognition BRC
G.O - 0206-2016 (BUDS, Malappuram_BUDS_School_BusDriver)_04-08-2016
Circular_4466_DB_09 Nutritious Food Distribution Project-Ratification
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G.O_148_09 Buds School Formation of Advisory Committee
G.O_236_2017 200 New BUDS School
G.O_2517_2011 BUDS School Educational Grant Guidelines
 

With the policy focus on inclusive and integrated education more and more children with mental retardation began to be enrolled in government schools. This has provided the mentally retarded children an opportunity for schooling in inclusive atmosphere where they can learn upto the age of 18. However there was no institution to take care of the mentally challenged above the age of 18 especially in rural areas which became another problem and issue of the family. The neighborhood groups began to demand for day care and training for mentally challenged adult persons within the local area. The panchayats also demanded for such an initiative. It was in this circumstances Kudumbashree mission evolved the concept of BRC and the government of Kerala approved the proposal. Thus Kudumbashree decided to shift the focus from school age group to post school age group. The government of Kerala accordingly approved the innovative model. BUDs Rehabilitation Center was formed thus in 2013.The center focuses on the rehabilitation, training and day care of these mentally challenged persons. It follows a unique rehabilitation approach which ensures the participation of all the stakeholders associated with it.

Related Downloads
List of BUDS Rehabilitation Centers

 

BUDS / BRC Monitor Progress