DSA on its existence
In the year of 2043 BS I, Daya Ram Maharjan started my teaching career in Adarsha Shaula Yubak Higher Secondary School.And three years later came a blind boy,Jeevan Dangol; who is presently a teacher and music instructor, to be enrolled in the school. By then, I was oblivious to braille scripts. Yet I thought I could teach him for which I taught myself braille. I started teaching him but had to face problems with the books and teaching materials. So I used to emboss the books by hand and make audio books too for him.
Later on, in 2049 BS three Deaf students also came to the school, but without any provision and facilities for teaching the deaf students, we had no alternative than to send them back. This made me unhappy. I wanted to teach them too. So I learned Nepali Sign Language and started to teach them. They were doing satisfactory with their studies and once they passes grade 5 and were upgraded to class 6, it required that they go to the secondary wing of the school, where there were no teacher accustomed to Sign language. That kept an end to their craving for formal education. Guardians of those students suggested that, they be provided with some vocational skills so they can make a living. Hence, I arranged for sewing ad knitting courses for them.
Later on it was realized that it would be good to institutionalize as an organization to render better services, following to the establishment of Disabled Service Association (DSA) in 2054 BS.
We conducted survery in khokana, Bungamati, Dukuchaap, Setidevi and Champi VDCs of Lalitpur to discover there were 268 people with various disabilities. It was when we started home visit services, found Anil Acharya, a left side hemiplegic child in a dreadful condition. After consulting with his parents he was brought to DSA to stay here. Since then it has also been providing residential facilities to the students from faraway.
So DSA at its core believes that even children with disabilities are an integral part of our society and it is their inherent right to lead and live a meaningful life at par and equal to that of a person without disability