SWAYAM is an institute for mentally challenged. It was founded on the 25″ day of June in the year 1990 at Kasaba Bavada, Kolhapur, under the guidance of the Red Cross Society of India and is duly recognized by the government. It is a registered Public Trust organization presided over by the Dist. Collector. The school has a strength of 97 students, 40 of them are taken care of through government aid while the remaining 57 being provided for from the funds available to the Red Cross Society of India.
Early intervention and provision of special education required for children with disabilities are the main aims of the institute. It helps each child develop adaptive skills also known as life skills such as daily living, social skills & occupational awareness.