RIT Foundation organised workshop on "How to be special for your special child" (How to Cope) from 4 – 6 pm on Friday, April 24, 2015. There were 50 visitors who attended the workshop. Dr. Kanika Arora from Fortis hospital was our main speaker who not only guided the audience - How to understand special children more deeply but also have a questionnaire round. It was a friendly entertaining discussion. We also provided participation certificate for the students in the workshop as a portfolio.
We focus on two types of disability first is locomotors and second is deaf and dumb. Today, Basic Literacy for the handicapped children is not enough to attain self-sustenance and gainful employment. Very few opportunities exist in the work place for people with disabilities. They are often confined in their homes and are dependent on their family for life.
Census 2001 has revealed that over 21 million people in India as suffering from one or the other kind of disability. This is equivalent to 2.1% of the population. Among the total disabled in the country, 12.6 million are males and 9.3 million are females. Across the country, the highest number of disabled has been reported from the state of Uttar Pradesh (3.6 million). Significant numbers of disabled have also been reported from the state like Bihar (1.9 million), West Bengal (1.8 million), Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra (1.6 million each).
Visual Disability: By visual disability, it meant loss or lack of ability to execute task requiring adequate visual acuity. visually disabled will include (a) those who do not have any light perception – both eyes taken together and (b) those who have light perception but cannot correctly count fingers of hand (with spectacles/contact lenses if he/ she uses spectacles/contact lenses) from a distance of 3 meters (or ten feet) in good day light with both eyes open.
Locomotor Disability: A person with – (a) loss or lack of normal ability to execute distinctive activities associated with the movement of himself/herself and objects from place to place and (b) physical deformities other than those involving the hand of leg or both, regardless of whether the same caused loss or lack of normal movement of body – will be considered as disabled with locomotor disability.
Hearing Disability: This refers to persons’ inability to hear properly. Hearing disability is to be judged taking into consideration the disability of the better ear. In other words, if one ear of person is normal and the other ear has total hearing loss, then the person is to be judged as normal in hearing.
The workshop was very relevant in true sense it was reducing the gap between speaker and differently able children and understanding their thoughts.