We believe every individual deserves an opportunity to engage in their community. Our objective is to empower individuals with developmental disabilities and provide information and emotional support to their parents and caregivers

About Jeena:

Jeena is:

  • a source of emotional support for parents and children
  • a conduit of information for services and resources for parents
  • a communication bridge between professionals and parents
  • a friendly and safe environment, sensitive to South Asian culture, so individuals have an opportunity to engage in life skills that are necessary for self-care and constructive relationships.
  • a volunteer based parent-driven organization
  • an organization guided by Respect, Integrity and Commitment.


  • 5 to 7 families join Jeena every month because their child has a rare genetic disorder or is diagnosed with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Global Developmental Delays, or Seizure disorder.
  • Jeena currently supports approximately 500 members.
  • By some estimates, there are close to 6000 individuals in the Bay Area with some developmental disability who are of South Asian origin.
  • Approximately 30% of the families in Jeena have children 5 or younger. 40% of the families have children in the age range of 6 to 10 years. Approximately 30% families have children who are teens.
  • 52% of the children in Jeena have Autism. 13% are diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and 33% have a diagnosis of Global Developmental Delays and 2% have rare genetic disorders.


Programs in Bay Area     

  • Social Skill Development: Evidence Based Practice indicates an individual is likely to develop constructive relationships when there is a systematic and supportive exposure to various activities. Based on this philosophy, Jeena offers activities such as weekly dance and yoga classes, classical music lessons, vocational art classes, camp and field trips.
  • Outreach and Resources: Research has shown that quality of parent-child relationship improves when parents meet their information and emotional needs. Online forum, regular peer group meetings and informative workshops provide the emotional and informational support for parents and caregivers.
  • Intervention Support: Jeena understands the value of generalizing skills and offers support to families at home in form of private tuition to children whose parents are monolingual.

Programs in Southern Ca

  • Information and Emotional Support: Established in May 2012, Jeena SoCal chapter is growing. The families meet once a month for activities and provide mutual support for one another and opportunities for their children for social interaction.

Programs in India

  • Partnership with KPAMRC:
    Jeena is collaborating with Karnataka Parents Association of Mentally Retarded Citizens to offer support to families and individuals with developmental disabilities.

Board of Directors

Rajni Madan (founder)

Meena Bedekar

Cheruvalath Prabha

Kavari Patil

Jayanthi Dixit

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