Some of the equipment given to children with special needs (CWSN) children under a government programme on Tuesday did not serve the purpose or had to be modified to suit the beneficiaries.
A girl student of Adarsha Bharati School in Padil, for example, was given a pair of surgical shoes free of charge by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), at the Mangalore North Block Resource Centre, Gandhinagar here at a function. The shoes were supposed to enable the girl walk with comfort. But they did not serve the purpose as the sole of a shoe was thicker than required. The girl, a class 8 student, had to approach a cobbler to correct the defect.
She was one among some other children who were given free aid kits at the centre by the SSA. The disabilities of children were certified by the doctors at a camp organised by the SSA here on July 27, 2012. The aid kits supplied by the SSA reached the centre here after seven months, said a teacher. Another five-year-old girl, who could not walk normally, was given an ankle foot orthosis (AFO) aid. When the girl’s mother made the girl wear it, it did not fit her.
The girl’s mother told The Hindu that had the aid kit been distributed within two months of conducting the camp it would have suited her daughter. As children between six and 14 years — for whom the kits were meant for — grew fast, delay in distribution meant that they were not serving the purpose, she said.
The sizes of the equipment were mentioned by the parents while filing the applications after the certification at the camp, she said.
According to Irene Pinto, an inclusive education resource teacher, of the 33 children eligible to receive the aid, 16 children (or their parents) received it on the spot. Aid equipment such as folding walker, hearing aid and speech trainer were distributed, she said.