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Networking of special educators needed, says expert

Sensitise: Hervinder Kaur, Training Officer, Sense International (India), speaking at a refresher workshop for special educators of South India on deaf-blindness in Tiruchi on Friday.

Sensitise: Hervinder Kaur, Training Officer, Sense International (India), speaking at a refresher workshop for special educators of South India on deaf-blindness in Tiruchi on Friday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: R. Ashok

Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: Networking of special educators of deaf-blind through workshops and seminars would propel the need for crafting tailor-made training methodologies for deaf-blind category, the Training Officer from Sense International (Indian) Hervinder Kaur said.

The hitherto classification of deaf-blind as either hearing impaired or visually challenged had impeded the lobbying the bureaucrats and birth of government policies. But the recent policy-level inclusion in government projects has helped organisations working for deaf-blindness gain momentum.

Government’s participation in enhancing the lives of dead-blind would go a long way in rehabilitating their lives.

On the role of special educators, Ms. Kaur said that they must mentor individuals with deaf-blind by catering to their special needs. She was speaking at the valediction of refresher workshop of special educators of south India on deaf-blindness on Friday.

The workshop, conducted at Holy Cross Service Society, a Regional Learning Centre of Sense International, handled sessions on educating and rehabilitating people with deaf-blindness for 21 participants from various non-government organisations.

The participants were taught on laws concerning disability, communication and language development, assessment of multi-sensory impaired children, low vision, individual education plan, child development, strategies to work with deaf-blind children, tactual sign language, Braille methodologies, orientation and mobility, and community-based rehabilitation. Participants hail from states including Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka and Puducherry.

Distributing certificates to the participants, Director of Centre for Women’s Studies (CWS) N. Manimekalai said that academic bodies must come forward to collaborate with voluntary organisations working towards empowerment of people with multiple disabilities.

Referring to the entrepreneurial activities at the centre, Dr. Manimekalai urged women with special needs and mothers of physically challenged children to join the entrepreneurship programmes conducted at the CWS and bring out their creative skills.

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