“How do you know if one treatment will work better than another or if it will do more harm than Good?”

• Cerebral palsy - Traditional medical techniques (physiotherapy, bracing, and orthopaedic musculoskeletal surgery) remain the mainstay of treatment strategies at this time.

• Autism –
Sensory integration therapy for autism spectrum disorders: A systematic review
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Volume 6, Issue 3, July–September 2012, p.1004-18 Current evidence-base does not support the use of Sensory Integration Therapy (SIT) in the education and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

Behavioral Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Pediatric Clinics of North America, Volume 59, Issue 1, February 2012, Pages 147-16 This article describes the core features of behavioral treatments, summarizes the evidence base for effectiveness, and provides recommendations to facilitate family understanding of these interventions and identification of qualified providers.

Physical exercise and individuals with autism spectrum disorders: A systematic review
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Volume 4, Issue 4, October–December 2010, p.565-76 Results suggest that programs for individuals with ASD may benefit from including components designed to incorporate regular and specific types of physical activity

Effects of physical exercise on Autism Spectrum Disorders: A meta-analysis
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Volume 6, Issue 1, January–March 2012, Pages 46-57 Conclusion that in terms of motor performance and social skills children and adults with ASD benefit most from individual exercise interventions


How to apply for a disability certificate in Kolkata?

• To go to 45 Ganesh Chandra Avenue, Kolkata- 700013, Telephone no: 033-2237-4731/5379, near Chandni Chowk, near Income Tax Bhavan/ Khadi Gramodyog Office cum shop and look for the Transport Department Building. On the 3rd floor of this building is the Social Welfare Department.
• The Social Welfare Commissioner will give a form and will guide whom to approach at a Government hospital.
• The ‘form’ and the person for whom we are seeking the certificate will have to be taken to the Government hospital and approach the doctor or medical personnel named by the Social Welfare Commissioner or Officer.
• They will conduct an examination of the concerned person and duly stamp and authenticate the form.
• The duly stamped form will have to be taken once again to the Social Welfare Department again and need to be submitted to the Social welfare Officer there.
• In 21 days from the date of final submission, the certificate is issued.
• A prior appointment from the Social Welfare Department might be helpful.
• office at Taratala on any Thursday by 8:30 a.m. to get registered for check up.
• They will provide all information necessary and after a referral that can speed up the process for obtaining the certificate.

the papers to be submitted are:
• Application form duly attested by a Gazetted officer.
• Attested photocopy of Medical Certificate in respect of Disability from any Government Officer
• Two recent pass port size photographs, two full body photographs
Proof of Residence-
a. Ration Card
b. Voter ID card
c. Driving License
d. Bank Pass Book
e. Pan Card
f. Pass port
g. Telephone, Electricity, Water and any other utility bill indicating the address of the applicant
h. A certificate of residence issued by the Panchayat, municipality, Cantonment Board, any Gazetted officer or the concerned Patwari or Head Master of a Government school.
i. In case of an inmate of a residential institution of persons with disabilities, destitute, mentally ill etc, a certificate of residence from the head of such institution.

In West Bengal, Commissioner for persons with Disabilities coordinates with Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of West Bengal and arranges for regular medical boards, outreach special medical camps for issuing disability certificates to persons with disabilities. There are total 64 Medical Boards in West Bengal, 18 at District hospitals, 42 at sub divisional hospitals and 4 at teaching hospitals of Kolkata.