Udupi: President of the Karnataka Parents’ Association for Mentally Retarded Citizens (KPAMRC) K.R. Venkatesha has said that it is essential for both parents to share the responsibility of bringing up differently-abled children.
Mr. Venkatesha was presiding over the inaugural function of an awareness workshop organised by the Parivaar — the National Federation of Parents’ Associations, its affiliate, the Karnataka Parents’ Association for Mentally Retarded Citizens, and the Udupi Parents’ Association for Mentally Challenged Citizens, here on Saturday. The Udupi Parents’ Association for Mentally Challenged Citizens was also inaugurated on the occasion.
Mr. Venkatesha said special children would be ably supported when the experience of both parents was put to use. He said people should stop finding fanciful terms for such children ad focus on bringing them back into mainstream life.
Chief Operating Manager of Parivaar, Vijaykanth, said a survey conducted by the Parivaar had shown that discrimination against differently-abled children was prevalent in the country. Such children were lagging behind in education, he said and added that more facilities should be provided to them for their growth.
Inaugurating the workshop, principal of MGM College Jayaprakash Mavinakuli said special children required encouragement and not sympathy.