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  The Millennium Institute for Children with Special Needs was opened in Colombo in January 2000. It provides educational programs to students with intellectual disability to improve their numeracy and literacy skills, their independence in self care and daily Living skills and their quality of life.
   
  The Millennium institute is incorporated as a non-profit Limited company under the Companies Act, No. 17 of 1982. The school is also registered with the Social Services Department of Sri Lanka, There are currently 45 students enrolled, aged from 6 to 40 years, and 11 special education teachers. The student
   
  The students are from diverse communities and have varying diagnoses of Autism, Down's Syndrome, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy and other forms of intellectual disability impairment. Each has different abilities and strengths.
   
  Please Note: The term "intellectual disability" has replaced the term "mentally retarded" in many countries.  
   
  Intellectual impairment is a condition that occurs due to medical problems during pregnancy, at birth or after birth. Intellectual impairment means a peers may have difficulty in learning, NOT that they are unable to learn. Extensive training is needed to assist people to cope with difficulties in learning. The Millennium Institute for Children with Special Needs aims to provide this training for children and young adults in Sri Lanka, regardless of their language religion or ethnicity.
   
  Children and young adults with special needs benefit from education that focuses on building skills for life rather than concentrating purely on academy success. The special education the Millennium Institute offers is of an individualized nature requiring numerous well trained teaching staff.
   
  The teachers, many of whom are also the parent of a child with special needs, have been trained by Special Education specialists from Sri Lanka, India, United States and Ireland.
   
  A Sri Lankan Occupational Therapist, a Speech Therapist, and a Special Education Consultant (Mr. Jonathan Solomon) now visit the school on a weekly basis. We have arranged speech therapy with Focus Ability. In spite of the fact that alt the staff working there are fully occupied, they agree to have sessions once a month - that is on poya days' This we started from November 2006. physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist - starting from January 2007 - sessions - twice a month. They are also working full time but willing to help in Swimming - twice a month - we take the children to’ Swiss Villa' swimming pool at Moratuwa' Up coming training programs: - Making envelops and packing rice, dhal, and other spices in 1kg, 500gms and 250gms packets which would be sold to parents, friends and others.
 
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