Saturday, March 19, 2011

Special efforts are made to give quality education to children with special needs, aids and appliances are integral part.

With the mandate of providing education to every child with special needs, irrespective of the kind, category and degree of disability, in an appropriate environment, Inclusive Education For Disabled (IED) project has been implemented in  SEVAI in Trichy District since 2003 with the support of SSA and  SEVAI has a total 3246 identified Children With Special Needs (CWSN). Most of them have been integrated in formal schools; different strategies have been adopted to bring them in educational system. Special efforts are made to give quality education to children with special needs. Some kind of liaison with parents of such children has become extremely essential. Parent Councils were formed and regular meetings held on creating awareness on various disabilities. Parents were urged to hold a positive attitude and have faith in the abilities of disabled children. The Council has provided the platform to discuss family, social, education; rehabilitation issues and various psychological barriers related to disabilities. Parents of disabled children have been nominated as member of VECs in all villages. All the members have also been oriented. In addition, Parents Councils have been formed in every village constituting of parents of disabled children. The members of Parent Council are trained on dealing with specific issues pertaining to children. Training has been imparted to project staff at district, block, cluster and village levels. Class teachers dealing with disabled child is given specific training of the concerned disability at BRC level by qualified and experienced Resource Teachers. Class teachers of disabled children are oriented on classroom management, attitudinal; aspects of teachers, classmates and schoolmates, curricular and co-curricular activities, supplementary literature, use of specific aids and appliances to address the problems of concerned disability of children. All other teachers of a school with a disabled child are trained on classroom management. Attitudinal aspects of teachers, classmate and schoolmates and co-curricular and curricular activities have been imparted by SEVAI. Over 5850 handicapped children of Trichy have been benefited with the programme launched to benefit them under the Sarva Shiksha Abhyan in the recent past. Under the SSA project a leading NGO of the area has been given the job to provide health assistance, treatment, aids and appliances and education at their door step under this program named Home Based Programme for children with special needs in the area. Special teachers have been given Aids and appliances for the disabled children resource centres at a cost of Rs.50000.A token of shoes for differently abled had been handed over to a special educator by the Project coordinator Devivakumar in the presence of Dr.K.Govindaraju, Founder, Director SEVAI.Etram News service.

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