Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Nearly four hundred persons comprising teachers, parents, trainers, doctors and students were present at "Samyukth 2006", an educational seminar of a different kind.

The two-day conference, organised by the Madras Dyslexia Association (MDA) to increase awareness about learning disabilities, was inaugurated at P.S. High School on Saturday.

"The aim of this conference is to bring all those working with learning disabilities under a common roof," said D. Chandrasekar, president, MDA.

The organisation hoped to build a directory of sorts at the end of the conference, which would have all the details and contact numbers related to learning disabilities, said a member.

Lack of awareness

Lack of awareness in government schools is another area the association wishes to address. "We would like to coordinate with the education department in spreading awareness among these schools.

We have approached the government," said Shuba Vaidyanathan, member, MDA.

Apart from remedial courses in English, MDA recently introduced lessons in Tamil to reach a wider audience.

"Sensitivity and good understanding are very important in the field of special education. Acceptability among parents is vital," said Swami Bodmayananda of Ramakrishna Math, in his keynote address.

Sreeram Iyer, group head - global shared service centres, Scope International Limited said, self-limiting factors would exist only till someone proved a particular task could be done.

"Once somebody breaks the record, many others will create new records," he added.

A series of panel discussions, lectures and interactive sessions were organised as part of the conference. For further details, call 28157908/28156697.