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Mainstreaming education for the differently-abled

Sep 27, 2011

Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation has established the Education and Training Institute for Children with Different Abilities (ETC) to empower them to live with dignity ensuring their integration in the mainstream through various integrative rehabilitation measures.

According to the Census (2001), in India, 22 million people have some form of disability, yet only 5% of them have access to formal schools. In spite of various acts and schemes introduced by the government of India, the education of children with different abilities (CWDA) remains largely neglected.

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In order to fill the gaps existing in the education system and to escalate the level of education and care imparted to the CWDAs, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation started a unique programme known as the Education and Training Centre for Children with Different Abilities (ETC), that effortlessly utlizes available government schemes to serve as a one stop centre for education and capacity building needs of CWDAs.

The ETC is a unique programme that serves as a one stop centre for education and capacity building of CWDAs. Instead of having a general school for the disabled, the centre designed customised educational programmes to respond to special needs of different disabilities such as hearing impairment and intellectual impairment. ETC also has various units such as integration unit, inclusive unit, remedial unit that caters to various levels of requirements of CWDAs.

The main objective of the programme is to facilitate mainstreaming of CWDAs. Therefore, various schools and units work towards ensuring socio-psychological, educational, medical and economic rehabilitation of the children. ETC offers pre-vocational courses to provide training to children between the ages of 14-18 in the areas of their interest.

Approximately 1000 persons with different abilities are getting direct benefits per annum through the ETC and a total 350 students with various disabilities are receiving special education.

Phases of implementation

In first phase, the process of passing the resolution for establishing the centre started in 2006. However, it was in 2007 that the centre started with a school for education and training for Children With Hearing Impairment (CWHI). As the responses from parents of special children from different types of disabilities increased, the services were expanded to include other disabilities as well.

 The agenda for the second phase, which started this year, is to complete the construction of proposed structure is. The educational centre, with an approximate cost Rs. 10 crore, is designed disabled-friendly to provide barrier free environment to PWDAs. With this centre all the schools, units and sections of ETC will start working under one roof with completely enhanced facilities.

The second phase will complete construction of sections for children with visual impairment, quarters for parents and teachers, genetic counseling, mobility training centre, second language unit, Hearing aid repairs and ear mould making lab, musical orchestra, audio visual room, sports club, disability club, water therapy, exhibition centre and professional / human resource development etc.

Challenges

Though ETC faced initial challenges such as those in designing the comprehensive guidelines as the centre has no prototype to take inspiration from, it slowly overcame all with consistent and collective effort. Only the task of convincing the parents for the conventional education and therapeutic centre remained a difficult one for initial years.

Now, ETC is moving ahead after successful completion of four sessions to have new schools and varieties of units in its new completely disable friendly structure that will be completed in the year 2012. The second phase of the project will complete the section for children with visual impairment, quarters for parents and teachers, genetic counseling, mobility training centre, house set up, second language unit, hearing aid repairs and ear mould making lab, musical orchestra, audio visual room, sports club, disability club, water therapy, exhibition centre and professional / human resource development etc.

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