It is ahead in implementing schemes for the differently disabled
When it comes to implementing rehabilitation programmes for differently abled persons, Tiruvannamalai district is ahead of all other districts in the State, P.R.Sampath, Principal Secretary/ State Commissioner for Differently Abled said.
He said this while delivering inaugural address at the ‘Seminar on Early Detection of Abnormalities and Intervention for Children' organised jointly by Tiruvannamalai district administration, Department for the differently abled persons, Health Department and Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) programme, here on Sunday.
Mr. Sampath also said that Tiruvannamalai district is evolving a model in early detection and intervention of disabilities in children of 0-6 age group. Mr. Sampath has released a handbook prepared in Tamil on early detection and intervention. He also distributed modern personalized hearing aid to five children.
District Collector Anshul Mishra delivered presidential address.
District Differently Abled Welfare Officer B.Charles Prabakaran delivered welcome address.
Dr.Sanjay Arora from Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore delivered a presentation on several orthopaedic abnormalities found in children and methods of intervention.
He explained how the intervention was simple when it was done at earlier stage and how the natures of required interventions become complicated in later stages.
Dr. Sherab of CMC delivered a presentation on autism. Dr. Bobeena Chandy spoke on various aspects of early intervention.
Dr.Parag of Arvind Eye Hospital, Chennai said that one fifth of world's blind population is in India and 50 percent of the cases of blindness are avoidable. He said that reducing childhood blindness depends on education and availability of primary health care. Dr.Guru Nagarajan of CMC and Jeyachandran, Director, Vijay Human Services, Chennai were among the other speakers. Xavier Mariadoss, Project Director, Peoples Craft Training Centre (PCTC), coordinated the event.