Special School for Disabled and Rehabilitation Center (SSDRC) is a non-governmental and non-profit making, registered center for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that was established in 2010-October by Ms Sabita Upreti to provide special education, Therapeutic and related services from deprived family of Nepal. It was founded on the belief that each person with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has the capacity for growth and development, a right to services that enhance well-being, quality of life, and opportunities to learn.  In the changing context, being an organization working in a specific area of disability, the primary aim of the center is to rehabilitate the children with autism in the community like normal children by teaching basic social and practical skills they need in their daily life. This is the pioneer organization working for the children with autism and providing the related services to special need services to adult as well. This center is located in Pepsicola area of Old Sinamangal, Kathmandu.
Autism is a form of disorder related to brain development. The disorder is characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, veryrbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Although the disorder may present at very early ages of children, the most obvious symptoms tends to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age. and affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills. However it was identified in in 1943 by Dr Leo Kanner, Under the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), there are other sub groups: Autism Disorder, Asperger syndrome, Rett syndrome, Childhood disintegrative disorder and Pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified. Children of this condition exhibit different characteristics and demand different behavioral treatment. The cause of autism could be hereditary as well as both environmental and genetic factors. Although there is no known cure for autism, early diagnosis and subsequent intervention with proven behavioral therapy can greatly improve the outcomes in later stages of growth. If this condition is identified prior, their behavior can be modified earlier. Several modes can be applied to create awareness in different levels of people.
Our vision is that every autistic individual is unique and has its own qualities. Some autistic individuals might have serious problems with social and verbal interaction while others may suffer physical disabilities and unable to live independently. At SSDRC we know and see the strengths of the children and help them develop the areas where they need more help.
Our mission is to spread the word about autism, to make Nepal aware of autism. To help dissolve the autistic biases in the society and families and to encourage people to pay attention to the symptoms of autism instead of hiding it. Because everybody deserves to be heard and seen.
Here at SSRDC, children with autism are taught by the Montessori Methods, using multiple technologies with different devices such as computers and other audio/visual aids as per their severity of the disability. We use music and art to develop skills, conveyed by our experienced staff. We mainly focus on children from 3 to 13 years old but we also have several trainings and support programs for adults
Our therapeutic services: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, sensory integration, music therapy and medical massage; as well as regular health checkups, excellent vocational trainings, transportation services and daily morning-day meal are provided.

About Founder
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Ms. Sabita Upreti is the founder as well as Executive Chairperson for Special School of Disabled and Rehabilitation Center (SSDRC). With her vision to alleviate the pain and sufferings of person with Disability (PWDs), especially those related to autism, she established this organization in October 2010. Since then, she is paying her full dedication and effort to reach the objectives.
Ms. Sabita Upreti holds Masters in Sociology and Anthropology thus having been possessed with strong knowledge in human behavior and social structure. Her prior education includes the fields in Management. She is well-read and well-spoken with remarkable background in journalism. From being a host in Buddha Channel Television media to reporter in several newspaper. She has served as Sub-Editor in Educational news national monthly magazine.
She exudes professional skills in teaching and managing educational environment. She has spent about seven years of time as a teacher in Saraswati Secondary School, Jorpati (Besigoun)-Kathmandu, Nepal from 2000, till 2007. Her early inspiration to choose the field of social work comes from National Disabled Fund (NDF) – a Nepal Government-Social welfare Council. Where she has spent two years as a Centre Management Officer (CMO). During the same period, she also encountered the worst case scenarios of autistic children being burden to their guardians, locked in rooms and sometimes even left alone with their feces and urine. There she determined to dedicate her life for the betterment of autistic ones.
She has, as yet attained more than a dozen of trainings, both as a trainee and trainer and has visited about five countries. Her repository of awards and honors includes innumerable lists including that from Upreti Samaj Sewa Samiti (2012),Nijamati Karmachari Sangathan-Krishi Bibhag (2013) Wife association of Nepal Police (2014), Children with Autism Support Campaign (South Korea)-2015, Women for Women-South Korea (2015), SONSIK –South Korea (2015), NRNA-South Korea (2015),Overseas Nepalese Forum (ONF)-Victoria, Australia (2016), ICT award (2016), Nepali Patriotic youth society(2017) and many more.
Her Message
Along with this Special School at Old Sinamangal, so far we are spreading Autism Awareness campaign all over Nepal. Our aim is to extend our network throughout the nation so as to touch the life of those in need. Still in every step there are formidable challenges and problems to be dealt with.
Financial shortage, insufficient dedication from skilled personal in this field, societal biases are common. It is from good support of various donors and philanthropists that we are able to provide free of cost services to the children with marginalized economic family background. Those parents with strong economic background contribute a certain amount for doctors and therapies as per their wish. Thanks to all Nepali brothers and sisters who are inside and outside the nation for their kind donation for helping us to continue. However, we greatly are behind the funds to extend our programs, number of children and required spaces to incorporate them.
It is my appeal to all the helpful hands to contribute to us via either volunteering, providing funds and required tools and equipment or any other kinds of resources that will help us to manage sufficient spaces and infrastructures so that our services reaches more children and parents. We are running fundraising for the expansion of space and building where you can make immediate contribution. We also aim, soon, to facilitate training as well as research center for autism disability. With your help, I confidently hope to attain the minimum required goals of this organization. You can either donate to our Akshya Kosh for; or building fund for space extension; or for any other helps.

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