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POSAT was the brainchild of Dr. Chhabria. The rehabilitation of physically and mentally challenged patients was his passion. He loved to accept challenges of nature which helped him get amazing improvement in his patients. His theory of C.S.R.(Cortico-subcortical Relay) has opened up a new horizon for rehabilitation professionals and achieve qualitative results for the victims of neurological impairment or orthopaedic problems. Dr. Chhabria is a legend in the field of rehabilitation medicine.He will always be remembered for his contribution by his patients as well as his students.
Dr. Nanavati is an occupational therapist . She accepted the challenge of the two stalwarts – Dr. Chhabria and Dr. Oza – to start an academy of rehabilitation professionals. The expansion of POSAT became her mission and she succeeded in making Dr. Chhabria’s dream come true – A life of dignity for the differently abled.
Dr. Oza is a founder of the profession of Speech Therapy and Audiology in India. He persuaded and worked hard to help start the first college of speech therapy at B.L.Y. Nair Hospital in Mumbai. He is an excellent therapist and has trained hundreds of speech therapists. He is a trustee of “Shruti”- a school for hearing impaired children at Vile Parle , Mumbai . Dr. Oza too believed that rehabilitation professionals always have to work as a team to help their patients live life with dignity. He supported the idea of starting POSAT in the year 1978.
POSAT was the brainchild of Dr. Chhabria. He always wished to keep our rehabilitation professionals at par with their western counterparts and that too in an era where internet and google were unheard of . With this vision , POSAT was founded in 1978 to offer a common platform for rehabilitation professionals to share their knowledge and complement each other in the treatment of the patients. POSAT organized courses, seminars, workshops and lectures by eminent national and international speakers to disseminate knowledge of scientific research in the field of rehabilitation medicine.
A few years later POSATians felt the need to have their own rehabilitation center so as to apply this theoretical knowledge into practice through specific therapeutic intervention for the management of their patients. This led to the start of a rehabilitation center in Borivali in 1993 in a small 300 sq. ft room.The therapy sessions were provided for a nominal fee of Rs 30/- and committed therapists worked here seven days a week without any financial expectations.<
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Since it was the only center in the suburbs providing all required therapies under one roof, it soon became popular for pediatric as well adult patients with neurological impairment. A larger space was the need of the hour and by the year 2000 POSAT was providing its services from a 1400 sq. ft center. Presently counselling sessions , somatosensory and craniosacral therapy sessions are also provided apart from therapeutic intervention and remediation. The center has succeeded in expanding in Borivali just like a banyan tree . It has no other branches yet.
Soon the need arose for Special Education as the number of dyslexics and children with learning disabilities from normal schools had started rising. Hence a remedial educator was appointed . However there were a few kids who could not cope in academics in spite of remedial therapy. So a special class with 6 children was started in 1995 at the Railway Welfare Center, Borivali . Unfortunately we had to vacate the place after a year and a half due to project feasibility issues. The class was shifted to Varsha Nanavati’s house for 2 years. She truly obliged the organization by continuing the special class till the number of children went up to 22.
We had a breakthrough in 1998 when Mary Immaculate Girls High School allotted a class for us and there was no looking back. Today POSAT runs two shifts in two classrooms allotted free of charge by Rustomjee International School, Dahisar . Another class which was being run in Balbharti school , Kandivali has been recently shifted to S.V.P. School in Kandivali .
At present 120 children are enrolled in these special classes receiving all facilities that a normal school would provide. We , the trustees , therapists, teachers , the children and their parents are very grateful to the management of all four schools for supporting our activities.
The trustees are truly grateful to all the dedicated staff – therapists , teachers , front desk staff and helpers and also to the patients and their families for their constant and overwhelming support
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