Meet to discuss problems of multisensory impaired kids

A national network of parents and special educators extending support for multisensory impaired children will meet in the City on Tuesday to evolve strategies in building a grassroots network to ensure that these children are able to integrate with the mainstream.

K M Nagaraja, project co-ordinator of the National Association for the Blind, said the meet primarily aims to create awareness among parents and teachers. “We need to follow an inclusive model of education where specially trained teachers are recruited in mainstream schools, in order to integrate differently-abled students,” he said.

Speaking about the existing government programmes, Nagaraja pointed out that  majority of them were not reaching the beneficiaries on time. Getting medical certificates, for instance, is still a cumbersome process, he explained.

There are about 675 families, 419 educators and 93 adult deaf-blind persons who are part of the network, according to the organisations involved in the meet. The two-day meet which will involve parents and educators from rural areas as well, will consolidate their demands to place it before the government officials concerned. Group discussions, capacity building inputs, sensitisation and training in newer skills and techniques will be part of the programme.

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