“Don’t judge a book by its cover” Anonymous Author
Special education or special needs education is the education of students with special needs in a way that addresses the students’ individual differences and needs. Ideally, this process involves the individually planned and systematically monitored arrangement of teaching procedures, adapted equipment and materials, accessible settings, and other interventions designed to help learners with special needs achieve a higher level of personal self-sufficiency and success in school and community than would be available if the student were only given access to a typical classroom education. Common special needs include challenges with learning, communication challenges, emotional and behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, and developmental disorders. Students with these kinds of special needs are likely to benefit from additional educational services such as different approaches to teaching, use of technology, a specifically adapted teaching area, or resource room. And Individualized Educational Programs are another specialty we have for Mentally Retarded (MR), Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Development Delayed (DD) Childs.
Every child is special; and differently abled children are even more special. In normal circumstances, the biggest worry for most parents is high education expenses. However, in case of special children, the worries extend beyond that. Parents of such children have to plan for extra medical expenses and for expenses much beyond college. In some cases, even for their lifetime. The parents also need to put in place a system where there is someone who takes care of the child when they are no more and the benefits should keep coming to the child.
Who is an exceptional child?
An exceptional child is the one whose performance deviates From the norm, either below or above, to such an extent that special Educational programmers and intervention strategies had to be Planned to fulfill their academic needs.
Schools for the differently-abled
There are many schools all over the world for differently abeled students. These schools are protected and funded by many philanthropists and non-governmental organizations. Specially trained staff works in these training schools around the clock. Almost all of them are very compassionate towards these students and has acquired a thorough training to help and develop these differently abeled students.
Differently abeled students could be disabled from their birth or after some kind of sicknesses or accident. They too posses special abilities and skills. These abilities are hidden or covered due to these differences. It is not only in academic work but also in sports and other extra curricular activities. There are many other games specifically converted for the differently abeled students’ such as the Paralympics.
When concentrating on schools for hearing’ sight and speech defective students’ the staffs in the compound are specially trained to pay attention to the physical and mental condition of the student. They need more empathy than the normal student does. Sometimes they cannot exchange their thoughts with others due to their disabilities. Thus’ the staff’ from administration level to minor staff’ should be specially trained to understand these students. Equipment in these schools require special attention’ since these students sometimes cannot use the same equipment and utensils used in normal schools’ such as desks and
The major functions of the Enabling Unit will be as follows:
- 1. To provide counseling to differently – abled students on the types of courses they could study at the higher education institutions.
- 2. To ensure admission of as many differently-abled students as possible through the open quota and also through the reservation meant for them.
- 3. To gather orders dealing with fee concessions, examination procedures, reservation.
- 4. Policies, etc., pertaining to differently-abled Children.
- 5. To assess the educational needs of differently abled Children enrolled in the higher education institutes to determine the types of assistive devices to be procured.
- 6. To conduct awareness programmers for teachers of the institute about the approaches to teaching, evaluation procedures, etc, which they should address in the case of differently-abled students.
- 7. To study the aptitude of differently-abled students and assist them in getting appropriate employment when desired by them after their studies.
- 8. To celebrate important days pertaining to disability such as the World Disabled Day, White Cane Day, etc., in the institute and also in the neighborhood in order to create awareness about the capabilities of differently-abled Children.
- 9. To ensure maintenance of special assistive devices procured by the higher education institute under the HEPSN scheme and encourage differently-abled Children to use them for enriching their learning experiences.
- 10. To prepare annual reports with case histories of differently-abled Children who are benefited by the HEPSN scheme sanctioned to the higher education institute.
Working time will be 9.30am to 3.30pm. The schedule will be as follows:
- • 09:20 AM – 09:30 AM Assembly
- • 09:30 AM – 10:00 AM Yoga
- • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Special Education.
- • 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Break
- • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Special Education
- • 12:30 PM – 01:30 PM Lunch
- • 01:30 PM – 02:30 PM Special Education
- • 02:30 PM – 03:30 PM Activity Classes