Interested in working with persons with special needs? These courses can come in handy.
While the academia has been expressing concern about the paucity of good teachers in mainstream schools and colleges, organisations and educational institutions working with persons with disability are even more worried, as finding good special educators has become a rather difficult task.
In an attempt to address this issue, several organisations and universities offer a range of courses for aspiring special educators.
Vidya Sagar, a non-governmental organisation working with persons with disability offers long-term and short-term courses with specialisation in different disciplines.
It has invited applications for the PG Diploma in Special Education for people with multiple disability - physical and neurological, which is a 12 month-course, recognised by the University of Madras and the Rehabilitation Council of India.
A Diploma course in Special Education - Autism Spectrum Disorder spanning 12 months, recognised by the Rehabilitation Council of India, is also offered.
Apart from these, a ‘Care givers course’ for 25 days and a Continuing Rehabilitation Education course - low vision with Cerebral palsy / Alternative and Augmentative Communication, for professionals in the field of Special Education are also available.
The faculty includes eminent doctors, educationists, psychologists, rehabilitation professionals, speech, physiotherapists and occupational therapists and experienced in-house professionals.
Graduates of any discipline with a pass in higher secondary examination from a recognised board are eligible to apply. For details, contact: Shirin: 0-93828 77073 / Uma: 0-98400 35203 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The V-Excel Educational Trust, a non-governmental organisation, working in the area of holistic development of special children, also offers a one-year diploma course in Special Education - Autism Spectrum Disorder. For details, visit: www.v-excel.org.
The Spastics Society of Tamil Nadu offers certificate courses in Disability Management, a Diploma in Special Education for persons with Cerebral Palsy, a Diploma in Developmental Therapy for Persons with Cerebral Palsy and other Neurological Disabilities and PG Diplomas in Special Education and Developmental Therapy. For details, visit: www.spastn.org.
The Tamil Nadu Dr.MGR Medical University has also been offering a diploma course in learning disability in children (dyslexia).