In three months from now, the Gandhinagar Park at Mannagudda here will have play equipment for challenged children, said K.N. Vijayaprakash, Commissioner, Mangalore City Corporation, here on Sunday.
He was speaking at a festival for challenged persons organised at Canara Girls High School, Dongarakeri.
A ramp will be built at the park that can be used by both challenged children and senior citizens, he said. The City Corporation has planned to put up equipment for special children in the park keeping in mind the requests from doctors, philanthropists, and organisations.U.V. Shenoy, Professor of Paediatrics, Kasturba Medical College, said that for the past six months, talks had been on among the Corporation, the Round Table and the Rotary Club and “Seva Bharathi”, which runs a school for the differently-abled children, and philanthropist Prabha Kudva, who first mooted the idea. “We joined the initiative and it clicked,” he said.Equipment for the special children at Gandhi Park would be put up at a cost of Rs. 10 lakh, said Mr. Vijayaprakash. Work had begun at the park and the corporation intended to replicate the same in two more parks in the city for which sponsors had agreed, he said. Mr. Vijayprakash said apart from the park, 10 features for challenged persons would be incorporated in the city's Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP), including ramps, handrails and parking facilities for special persons in public places.
Dr. Ravichandran, Chief Executive Officer, Diya Systems, released a book on cerebral palsy by Dr. Suchitra . He said that he was working on an initiative that would offer training for teachers in special schools. He said he would call a meeting of heads of departments (HoDs) of all special schools on February 10, and on March 16 and 17 in Mangalore where they would get to meet the director of special schools in Mumbai.
The meeting would discuss the requirements of the special schools in Mangalore and draw an appropriate training plan for teachers.
He said he was aiming at implementing this programme before the end of this year. His visit to the Perkins School for the Blind in the U.S. had helped him get several ideas about getting aids to help the challenged, he said.
Sudha Ratna, a challenged person, was honoured for her many achievements in art and singing. K.V. Rajanna, State Commissioner for Disabilities, said every request of IT companies had been catered to but if challenged people asked for facilities, they were asked to “adjust”. “Challenged persons are part of society yet they are pushed to fringes,” he said. Mayor Rajani Dugganna said challenged children should be integrated into the mainstream and should be allowed to interact with normal children. “The Gandhinagar Park is a gesture for children from the corporation,” she said.