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DU To Offer Accessible Education to Visually Impaired Students

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Education for Visually Impaired @ DU
As we are aware of Students with visual impairments have unique educational needs which are most effectively met using a team approach of professionals, parents and students. In order to meet their unique needs, students must have specialized services, books and materials in appropriate media, as well as specialized equipment and technology to assure equal access to the core and specialized curricula, and to enable them to most effectively compete with their peers in school and ultimately in society.

There is a full range of program options and support services so that the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team can select the most appropriate placement in the least restrictive environment for each individual student with a visual impairment.

Recently, High Court has ordered Delhi University to safeguard the interests of visually-impaired students applying to various courses offered by the University. It also directed the University to offer alternate courses in Mathematics and Science, instead of the currently proposed maths core and science core to visually-impaired students immediately.

And the University has come up with the decision to follow the same. Yes, it is all set to safeguard the interest of students with disabilities, the court dismissed a PIL seeking a stay on the proposed FYUP in Delhi University that makes the Mathematics and Science as a compulsory subject for all courses in the First year.

The University has decided to introduce a foundation course each in basic mathematics and science, namely building mathematical ability and science and life, in the first year for all students of Undergraduate programmes.

According to the sources, the university had decided to exempt tuition fees for such students and offer a 50% rebate in mess charges apart from providing laptops with a special software called Non-Visual Desktop Access for students to help them in their studies.

Hence, following the previous court order on May 16, the university has prepared a list of arrangements and objectives. It is believed that these measures will ensure that the students are able to cope with the help of technology, adequate reading material and training.

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