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Education for Special Need Children in India

by Amar Seva Sangam
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Education for Special Need Children in India
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A child with special needs always has difficulties in attending to classroom education. Most schools in India are not accessible for children with special needs and they face isolation and exclusion from the regular students. This leads to severe functional and psychological impact on the child and affects the personality and prospects when the child grows up. The barrier starts from the elementary to the higher levels of education in India.


Siva Saraswathi Vidyalaya, an integrated school, was started as a primary school in Ayikudy village in Tirunelveli District of Tamilnadu in June 1981 with 5 students in a thatched shed as the first effort of Sangam to give quality education at affordable cost to the physically challenged as well as other rural students. The school grew to 5 teachers and 110 students by 1990 to further progress in our integration efforts of disabled children with others to achieve equal rights for all. In 1995, we started Middle school which was upgraded to High school in 2009 and Higher Secondary in 2015. Here, in Amar Seva Sangam, we provide a complete inclusive solution for education of children with special needs.

 Our inclusive and integrated school is established to include mainstream children with special needs children. We are highly successful in the process of inclusive education and most children who have gone out after finishing their schooling have been highly successful in their lives. This encourages us to cater to more and more such children in our region. Hence, frequent requirements for funding have become necessary.

 

So far 2150 students have completed their education from our Integrated School, out of which 185 students are differently able pursuing further education and livelihood as below:

1. 40 students are pursuing higher education,
2. 60 employed in corporate sector,
3. 25 having private livelihood initiatives,
4. 20 employed in organized sector and
5. 40 having household, trade and business.

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Children over 6 years with special needs are brought to Amar Seva Sangam Centre for Special Education. This results in below par rehabilitation when compared to what the children can achieve had they been brought to the Sangam much earlier. Lack of Early Intervention Program and Facilities are the reasons for such delayed Parental/Family response.

Our Specific Objectives:

  •  Creating awareness among the community and service delivering stakeholders about importance of early identification and rehabilitation interventions.
  •  Identifying new born & below six year age group children with developmental delays in 5 blocks around Amar Seva Sangam.
  •  Strengthening existing Village Based Rehabilitation program with early identification and interventional service through capacity building and professional support services in 5 blocks. 
  •  The Early intervention resource centre in Amar Seva Sangam premises is to provide training and resource support to the Community Based Rehabilitation project team and parents and extend direct early interventional rehabilitation service to the children in neighboring villages.

 

Success story:

A small child was 1 ¾ years when she joined EIC. She did not mingle with others and was comfortable only in sitting position. She used to convey her needs by crying. In Vegetative skills, she had sucking, biting and swallowing. We planned to give Special education, Physiotherapy and Speech therapy for her problems.

 After taking our services in EIC, now she mingles well with other children, walks without support from others and obeys instructions. Hand coordinating activities improved well; she is able to tell the names of her family members, she understands gesture, language and responds. After receiving treatment from EIC for 1 ¾ years, she has now joined the Anganwadi Centre near her residence.

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Amar Seva Sangam

Location: Ayikudy, Tamil Nadu - India
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Twitter: @amarseva
Project Leader:
Sankara Raman Srinivasan
Ayikudy, Tamil Nadu India
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