FOUNDER : LATE SMT. PADMAJA GODBOLE
She had been working in the field of special education since the early 70’s. She did her B.A. from S.P. College, B.Ed from Tilak College, M.Ed from Tilak Maharashtra Vidyalaya and completed PG Diploma Exceptional Children from University of Saskatchewam, Canada. Before setting up Prasanna Autism Centre, she visited an institution, that was catering to autistic children, in Mumbai. Returning to Pune, she met with some parents of autistic children in Mumbai. She realized that a lot of work was being done in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi. However these organizations were providing services in English only. A decision was made. She must provide education, specifically in Marathi for such families.
To increase awareness about ‘Autism’ amongst people, she conducted various workshops all over Maharashtra for teachers, parents, teachers, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, neurologists, medical practitioners etc. She wrote a book in Marathi, providing the basics of Autism Spectrum Disorder. She wrote articles in newspapers and magazines for teachers, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, neurologists, medical practitioners etc. Recognising the work done by the centre, the “SAKAL SOCIAL FOUNDATION” honored Smt. Padmaja Godbole with the ‘ADARSH GRIHA MATA” award and was also honored by the SURYAKANT PAWAR FOUNDATION. Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan Samstha, bestowed ‘Baya Karve Puraskar’ to Late. Padmaja Godbole in the year 2011-2012 for for her exemplary contribution in educational field.
MANAGING DIRECTOR: MRS.SADHANA GODBOLE
Mrs. Sadhana Godbole, Managing Director of Prasanna Autism Centre completed her B.A. (Psychology) from Fergusson College, Pune. She initially started working as a volunteer in ‘Prasanna Autism Centre’. Her interest in the work developed to such an extent that she decided to make this work as a mission of her life.
She obtained professional training from her mother-in-law and founder- chairperson of ‘Prasanna Autism Centre’, Smt. Padmaja Godbole. Under her guidance, she got the opportunity to visit many organisations working in this field. Subsequently, attended workshops on the same subject organized at Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Pune, Solapur etc. In order to help sensitize the society, regarding autistic children and their issues, on behalf of Prasanna Autism Centre, she conducted a community sensitization programme on the World Autism Awareness Day on 2nd of April.
Alongwith some of the teachers from ‘Prasanna’, she participated in an ‘Awareness Rally’ on 26th April 2015 arranged by her son Varadraj Godbole along with Jaiho support Group for Autism – coinciding with the eve of the ‘World Autism Awareness Day’ on 2nd April as declared by the UN. In addition, she actively participated, delivered lectures and interacted with the audience in various exhibitions organized by various institutes, clubs and rotaries like Sakal Papers Ltd., P.M.Shah Foundation, Ajanta Avenue Senior Citizens club, Rotary Club of South -west, Pune etc. In the year 2010, written an article on ‘Home and Career’ in Marathi for Diwali Magazine for which she bagged 1st prize and this year on ‘Suvichar’ and ‘Prasad’ magazine.
CHAIRMAN: MR. PRASAD GODBOLE
Shri. Prasad Godbole, Chairman of Prasanna Autism Centre is a Consultant Paediatric Urologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer. He also have an MBA from a reputable UK business school. He is a Medical Director of Pioneer Healthcare Limited. He has many years experience in management. He has led his Division in the hospital in the UK for the last 4 years. He is mainly based in the UK.
Padmpurush Foundation is set up to bring special education one step closer to children who suffer from “Autism Spectrum Disorder”. The main objectives of Padmpurush Foundation are :-
- To look into the overall growth and development of children with autism spectrum disorders.
- To initiate “Early Intervention” in the life of autistic child.
- Raises awareness and creates a better understanding of autism throughout Maharashtra.
- Offers specialist diagnosis and assessment services.
- Encourages research into the intervention of autism.
- Organises workshops and training programmes in the rural area.
- Provides consultancy to professionals and organisations working in the field of autism.
Padmpurush Foundation really believes that special education and structured support can really make a difference to a person with autism’s life, helping to maximize skills and achieve full potential in adulthood.
Prasanna Autism Centre runs under Padmpurush Foundation a Public Charitable Trust No. F – 22867. Prasanna works daily with children suffering from ASD, their families and other concerned individuals.
The Centre provides full time services to children between 3 to 13 years of age and for children between 14 to 17 years of age pre-vocational school has been started in the year 2012. The academic year commences in June, however, children are admitted throughout the year.
Prasanna Autism Centre has about 38 children and works from Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm. They begin with one-on-one session along with therapy sessions with their teachers or for other related activities. Lunch time is between 12.00 pm and 12.30 pm. As per dietician menu plan, the children are served hot, nutritious meals freshly cooked in the centre’s kitchen. Thereafter, it is rest time till 1.00 p.m. Therapists and Psychologists are contionous on the floors serving these children with different therapies such as occupational therapy, speech therapy, behavioural therapy, etc. From 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m., they are kept busy with various activities like music, arts and crafts, self-help skills, and yoga. At 3.00 p.m. it is time again for a glass of milk before their day, at the centre, ends with prayers at 3.30 p.m.
In additional, Prasanna runs an ‘Outreach Programme’ for “mother & child” who attend the Centre for minimum three weeks wherein the mother gets the training for handling the child and the child is assessed thoroughly. A programme for next three months is prepared with the mother and for the mother and child. It is requested that mother should keep a journal of daily activities and may get further advice through e-mail or phone.