Dr Ruffles, an affectionate dog and resident ‘doctor’ at a hospital in Chennai, has helped several children with special needs to overcome their learning disabilities and resolve complex behavioural issues. Hema Vijay reports.
A school for me too
The Nanagu Shaale programme of a Karnataka-based NGO shows why the national Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan's provision of home-based education for
children with special needs may in practice defeat the ideological objective of inclusion.
Satarupa Sen Bhattacharya
The Olympic medals India won and ignored
Indian participants won a remarkable 387 medals at the Special Olympic Games for sports persons with intellectual disabilities held in Australia
in December 2013.
urges greater state and institutional support for these neglected sports persons as she brings us their inspiring stories.
When travel arouses dread
As the world observes the International Day of People with Disability on 3 December,
draws attention through a three-part series to the pathetic lack of attention and consideration for the disabled in the Indian Railways, the only
cost-effective means of long distance travel for the masses.
Rail travel for the disabled: Learn from the world
Attention to international benchmarks, awareness of rights and proactive provision of basic facilities could make train journeys a less stressful
experience for physically challenged passengers in the country, says
in the second part of her series.
An eye for empowerment
Mritunjay Tiwary has brought eyesight to tens of thousands of people through his eye hospital in rural Bihar.
But his vision of development extends much farther.
Dolly Basu's production of The Merchant of Venice, with special children cast in nearly all roles, has taught her as much
as it has helped the children themselves.
New interventions for the deafblind
A number of development organisations are working to diagnose deafblindess in children, and provide learning tools and techniques that can mainstream
Implement the UNCRPD, say activists
India has ratified the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, but done very little to protect the rights of the disabled
in accordance with it.
The ability debates
Quite a few debates are currently raging in the disability rights movement. Special schools or inclusive education, community based rehabilitation or
institutionalised rehabilitation, job reservations or none -
Prasanna Kumar Pincha
discusses these and other questions.
Bringing disabled kids back to school
When a teacher specially trained to handle children with special needs
started work at a local government school in Bangalore, children
were benefited and stopped dropping out.
Tech to the aid of autistic children
Recent research has shown that computer/digital technologies can
help children with autism (and other disabilities) learn and
communicate better. A computer training workshop for parents and
children was held recently at Bangalore.
In UP, the war on polio stumbles
In India's most populous state, with its low levels of sanitation, and high malnutrition rates, polio has made a dangerous comeback. The world is now
looking at India to stem the spread as fears of the disease spreading to other parts of the world have come true.