Though Jamal Mohamed College in Tiruchi has admitted the first differently-abled candidates as early as in the year 1950, statistics in 2004 revealed that a mere 2% are only enrolled in Higher Education institutions in India. But, without any intervention of the living Society, this cannot be improved further. Well, this has been proved by the experts in Special Education.
Rather than orienting the complete society for the task, the department of Special Education of Avinashilingam University for women decided to begin with college teachers as the first step to make inclusive education in Higher Education institutions reality.
A group of teachers from affiliated colleges of the Bharathiar University at an oriented programme on "Promotion of Higher Education for Persona With Special Needs", was spread on ways of motivating the differently-abled towards higher education, in Coimbatore on Wednesday.
According to Premavathy Vijayan, Head of Department of Special Education said "This is the fourth edition of the orientation. The earlier three programmes were held over three years. The impact has been very positive. The enrollment of the differently in the colleges from where teachers have been sent to attend the earlier orientations has improved. "
Not only this, colleges are also taking up steps to become barrier-free for the differently-abled students in order to provide an ideal learning atmosphere for them; she added. Teachers, at the outset were asked to see the differently-abled as humans and then as having disability later. The ways in which they could improve the enrollment percentage of the differently-abled were discussed deeply.
Other than parents and teachers, much importance was attached to peer group assistance. When rightly coached, they made excellent teachers for such students. The experts in special education oriented the participants on other issues related to promoting higher education for the disabled students. Participants got to know about the various Government policies, schemes, services, scholarships and more.
Well, this is an great event taken out by this institution. Soon, we shall hope to have the same activity in all the schools and colleges across our country. What say? Will India be successful in destroying the negative views of ‘DISABILITY'?