Tiruchirapalli

Maths CD released for children with DS

S. Subbiah, Vice-Chancellor, Alagappa University, Karaikudi, releasing the Software for Mathematics Readiness for Children with Down Syndrome in Tiruchi on Saturday. K. Meena, former Vice-Chancellor, Bharathidasan University, is at left.— PHOTO: B. VELANKANNI RAJ

S. Subbiah, Vice-Chancellor, Alagappa University, Karaikudi, releasing the Software for Mathematics Readiness for Children with Down Syndrome in Tiruchi on Saturday. K. Meena, former Vice-Chancellor, Bharathidasan University, is at left.— PHOTO: B. VELANKANNI RAJ  

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The Alagappa University will soon create a Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Science, according to its Vice-Chancellor S. Subbaiah.

Speaking at a function here on Saturday after releasing software for mathematics readiness for children with ‘Down Syndrome’ developed by former Vice-Chancellor of Bharathidasan University K. Meena, he said the State Government had sanctioned posts for creating the department, which is not only aimed at offering courses on special education but also developing a model home for physically and mentally challenged persons. The programmes, which were currently being offered on special education, would be incorporated with the new department.

Recollecting the sufferings of parents of children with mentally and physically challenged persons, Mr. Subbaiah said many of them had been taking care of their children with devotion, dedication, and hope. However, there was a question mark on their livelihood and wellbeing after the parents’ lifespan. Stating that it was one of the biggest social issues of the country, he said as per the 2011 statistics, 2.68 crore people had been living in the country with physical or mental illness.



Ms. Meena, in her address, said the software tool had solutions to the learning challenges of children with ‘Down Syndrome’. It would increase their understanding ability and overall skill development. The software would consist of eight modules such as counting objects, identifying shapes, missing number, currency identification and others. It had been developed after carrying out an intensive field test with various homes and schools that taught children with ‘down syndrome’.

S. Prabhakar Immanuel, Executive Director, Holy Cross Service Society, Tiruchi, S. Sethuraman, president, Indian Medical Association, Tiruchi chapter, and M.S. Ashraf, Member, Tamil Nadu Medical Council spoke.

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