‘Autism on the rise in India’

Updated - November 01, 2016 07:14 pm IST

Published - September 18, 2016 12:00 am IST - CHENNAI:

A two-day international seminar, ‘Towards Child Centred Education,’ organised by Sankalp Trust, an institution that provides a differentiated learning environment to children with learning challenges and cognitive difficulties, kicked off here on Saturday.

Principals, mainstream teachers, special educators and psychologists from all over the country participated in the event being held at The Raintree, Anna Salai. Also attending were 20 special educators from Tamil Nadu Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) and faculty from the U.S. and the U.K.

Learning challenges

“Statistics show that the number of children in India diagnosed with autism has been on the rise with the ratio being about 1:100. Around 10 per cent of school-going children have been diagnosed with mild to severe learning challenges,” said Sulata Ajit, director – Special Education, Sankalp.

“After completing Class XII (National Institute of Open Schooling), 40 children with learning disability have been mainstreamed by the school into various reputed colleges in the city. Of these, 10 students with learning disability were able to get employment in various sectors,” said Subashini Rao, Director – Administration, Sankalp.

Sankalp Trust has been ranked as the best special school in the State and the tenth best school in the country in the Education World India School Ranking for the period 2015-2016.

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