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  • Sparsham - special initiative in Wayanad district for the Scheduled Tribe (ST) population
  • Unique Disability Identity Card – enrolment programme
  • Model inclusive school project
  • Psychological intervention for person’s affected by flood
  • Special initiative for Children with Special Needs (CwSN under Kudumbasree, Dept. of Social Justice, Govt. of Kerala)
  • Learning disability certification
  • Children’s play area
  • Covid-19 – Mental Health Rapid Response Services for Persons with Disabilities
  • Accessible election process
  • Empowerment programme for special teacher educators
  • Swapna Chitra -Painting Exhibition of Pw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • SPARSHAM - SPECIAL INITIATIVE IN WAYANAD DISTRICT FOR THE SCHEDULED TRIBE (ST) POPULATION:   

Probably the first of its kind initiative in the country to provide all disability related services under one roof for PwDs among the ST population.

Wayanad is the district in Kerala with the maximum number of tribal populations. Majority of them live in isolated remote forest areas in difficultly accessible terrains. Services need to be delivered at their doorsteps. Though there are provisions for general welfare of the tribal population through the tribal department, hitherto no service delivery provisions were made available specifically for the differently abled population among the tribal.

CRC-K intiated an innovative model project named ‘SPARSHAM’ for the PwDs belonging to ST community in the Wayanad District, with the aim to facilitae medical board certificates, assitive devices, leagl gudianship certificate and UDID under a single umbrella, with the support of District ITDP Deaprtmnet, DLSA, DSJ Department, District Medical Office and Disrict Administration.

The offical inaguation of this project was done by Hon'ble District Judge Mr. K P John on 18th October at Panamaram. Smt. Sunitha, Sub-Judge, DLSA, Mr. Cheriyan, DPO, ITDP, Dr Roshan Bijlee, Director, CRC-K, Dr Renuka, DMO and  Mr Pavithran, DSJ Officer attended the programme.

            CRC-K took an extensive effort to study the situation among the tribal population. As an initial attempt, CRC-K in association with LSGDs and Tribal Welfare Dept. conducted following awareness / training programmes in the district:

  • Awareness programmes:CRC-K organized an awareness programme on 'Various Schemes and Benefits for PwDs with special Emphasis on ADIP for SC/ST promoters working in Wayanad district with the Support of District Scheduled Tribes Department from 20th to 22nd June 2019 at SulthanBathery and Kalpetta, Wayanad.

Venue

No. of beneficiaries

District Panchayat Hall, SulthanBathery

350

Seminar Hall, ST District Office, Kalpatta

75

 

  • Disability assessment and evaluation camps: CRC-K in association with LSGDs and Tribal Welfare Dept. conducted 23 disability identification camps exclusively among the tribal colonies in the SulthanBathery, Kalpetta and Mananthavady regions of Wayanad district. A total of 496 PwDs could be evaluated by this unique initiative. These camps revealed that none of the PwDs had undergone any specific disability therapeutic intervention measures till date and they were left unattended with their disabilities. Vast majority of them were not even in possession of a disability medical board certificate. Faculties from dept. of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech & Hearing, Special Education, Prosthetic & Orthotic Unit and Social Work & Placement Unit were attended these camps:

 

 

Sl No

Camp Place

No. of Beneficiaries

1

SulthanBatheri

31

2

Noolpuzha

30

3

Neymeni

33

4

Ambalavayal

13

5

Meenangadi

27

6

Poothadi

35

7

Pulpalli

54

8

Mullankolli

9

Padinjarethara

10

10

Thariyodu

14

11

Pozhuthana

13

12

Vythiri

8

13

Vengappalli

22

14

Kottathara

19

15

Kalpatta

10

16

Meppadi&Muppanadu

21

17

EMMAUS Villa

11

18

Thavanjal

26

19

Thirunelli

46

20

Vellamunda

12

21

Panamaram

28

22

Manathawadi

17

23

Edavaka

16

Total no. of beneficiaries

496

 

  • UNIQUE DISABILITY IDENTITY CARD – ENROLLMENT PROGRAMME:        
  •     The DEPwD initiated the project of issuance of Unique Disability Identity (UDID)card for the PwDs, with the aim building a holistic and to end integrated system for issuance of UDID and disability certificates for PwDs. For getting UDID and disability certificates for PwDs, beneficiaries have to submit online applications and upload required documents like Disability Medical Board certificate, Aadhaar card, Photo etc. as mandated in the portal GOI for this purpose. Many of the PwDs are not aware of the UDID card and not know how to apply for it.

 

            For helping the disabled population, CRC-K, as part of Mega Disability Medical Board Certificate issuance camps, has collected thousands of applications from beneficiaries for UDID card for processing. Nearly 1500 applications were received through the out-reach camps. To settle up the pending applications, CRC-K had initiated steps for online enrollment of these applications for UDID cards in a phased manner. Centre based UDID enrollment programme were started at CRC Kozhikode in association with District Medical Office, Kozhikode, with the support of student volunteer group.

 

No of applications enrolled for UDID Card

1100

           

 

 

  • MODEL INCLUSIVE SCHOOL PROJECT:

            The project titled “Establishing Model Inclusive Education in Government School’ is an initiative of Composite Regional Centre for Skill Development, Rehabilitation and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (CRC). The project commenced on 19th August 2019.

The major objectives of this project are the following:

  • Develop and validate a School Readiness Checklist for Inclusive Education (SRCIE)
  • To equip and empower the administrators, teachers, peers and parents of the school identified to implement inclusive education
  • To modify the classroom curriculum and activities according to the needs of the children with disabilities attending the school
  • To develop adapted or modified Teaching Learning Materials to teach the adapted curriculum for children with various disabilities
  • To provide support to regular school teachers in teaching children with various disabilities in an inclusive classroom using UDL (Universal Design for Learning ) Lesson Plans
  • To modify the infrastructural environment suitable to the children with various disabilities

 

As per the plan of action the following activities were conducted in the Project:

  • Project site: Government Vocational Higher Secondary School (GVHSS), Kuttichira was selected as the school to conduct the project. The school is located in the coastal region of Kozhikode Corporation. It was established in 1876. It is a co-educational school run by the Department of Education. The medium of instruction is Malayalam. There are 178 students studying in the Pre-Primary, Lower Primary and Upper Primary (KG to VIII standard).65% of the students belong to BPL category. Majority of the parents are daily wage earners (coolie workers and fishermen) and are of poor educational background. The school has 9 students with disability certification and get educational support from Resource Teacher who visits school twice a week. The school has a Counsellor appointed on regular basis by the Department of Education.

 

No. of Teaching Staff

No. of non-teaching staff

Female

Male

Female

Male

11

5

1

1

 

 

Class

Students

Female

Male

Total

LKG

4

4

8

UKG

4

4

8

Std I

3

9

12

Std II

6

6

12

Std III

4

7

11

Std IV

8

4

12

Std V A & B

9

22

31

Std VI A & B

7

29

36

Std VII

3

7

10

Std VIII A & B

5

23

28

TOTAL

178

 

  • Inauguration of Project by Kozhikode South MLA – The official inaugural function of the project was held on 22nd October 2019 at GHSS, Kuttichira at 10 AM. Mr, Haquib, PTA President Dr. Roshan Bijlee, Director, CRC-K, Mr.Shaiju V S,MrsJayashree, Vocational Higher Secondary Principal, Higher Secondary Principal, Mr. Sunil Kumar, High School Principal,Mr.Gopiraj, Rehabilitation Officer CRC-K,Mr. Jaison Peter,Special Educator,CRC-Kand the teachers participated in the program. Dr Roshan Bijlee, Director of CRC explained the project in detail.

 

  • Dr M K Muneer MLA inaugurated the project and shared with them his perspective on inclusive education and explained how GHSS could become a model for other schools in inclusive education by implementing this project. He offered his support in creating a barrier free learning environment in the school.
  • An access audit was conducted to know how disabled-friendly the physical environment of the school is. It was observed that the classrooms have raised threshold which can be an obstacle for wheel chair mobility, ramps in front of the pre-primary is steep and hand bars are shaky. The bathrooms, hand washing area, drinking water area are not disabled-friendly and not adequate for the students. The ramp leading to the steps towards first floor does not serve any purpose. In conclusion, the infrastructure needs to be redesigned to make it accessible, safe and hygienic.

 

 

  • Development of Tools:
  • School Readiness Checklist for Inclusive Education (SRCIE)

This tool consists of items related to inclusive culture, policy and practices a school need to have to make it an inclusive friendly environment.

  • Students Diversity Checklist: This checklist intends to collect details of students in terms of their status on economic, academic performance, areas of interest, family atmosphere, education and occupation of parents, religion, language, and locality.
  • Screening Tools: Two screening tools were developed to identify students with learning difficulties - (i) Screening Tool (KG to III) (ii) Screening Tool (IV to VIII). The tool comprises of items related to socio-emotional behaviours and academic performance of students in reading, writing and math. The purpose of this tool is to help regular teachers to identify students who require further assessment and intervention.
  • Questionnaires for different school community members to understand their perspective on Inclusive Education.
  • A Survey on Teachers’ Perspective on Inclusive Education
  • A Survey on Parents’ Perspective on Inclusive Education
  • A Survey on Local Community’s Perspective on Inclusive Education
  • A Survey on Students’ Perspective on Inclusive Education (Primary)
  • A Survey on Students’ Perspective on Inclusive Education (Upper Primary)

These are prepared to know the inclusive culture of the school based on the School Culture of SRCIE. The following are the aspects included in the questionnaire:

  • Affective environment (Teachers & Peer attitude & relationship, encouraging)
  • Learning Environment (Teaching strategies, classroom participation)
  • Social Environment (Teacher & Peer interaction & support, Teacher & Parent interaction, participation in co-curricular activities)

 

  • Educational Screening:

In order to identify students who require educational intervention, a screening test was conducted. 14 teacher trainees of Diploma in Special Education (ASD) II year of CRC- Kozhikode joined in conducting the screening test on 31st October & 1st November 2019 at GVHSS, Kuttichira. Students from Pre-Primary to VIII standard were assessed on basic reading, writing and math skills. Through this screening test, 16 students were identified having learning difficulties, showing signs of Specific Learning Disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Intellectual Disability. 92% of students lack age-appropriate reading, writing and math skills primarily due to poor study habits and low level of motivation.

 

  • Training program:

A ‘Certificate Program in Inclusive Education’ was planned for teachers and short training program for parents of children with special needs, and an orientation program on inclusive education for parents & student group. Teachers training program commenced in December 2019. The details are as follows: