Partnering with the Government: achieving sustainable special education goals for children with hearing impairment: a case study from Assam

Crishna, Brinda (2018) Partnering with the Government: achieving sustainable special education goals for children with hearing impairment: a case study from Assam. Learning Curve (30). pp. 46-50.

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Abstract

As a professional who has worked in the disability sector in many parts of the world, my greatest challenge has always been in constantly questioning my own levels of understanding and acceptance as in reality, the life a person who is disabled, or a mother of a child who gives birth to a child with a disability and not the perfect child she had hoped for, are truths that one cannot begin to comprehend. As I have grown older and my years of ‘experience’ of gaining ‘knowledge and expertise’ have increased, the more aware and convinced I am of how little I really do know, how quickly the professional in me jumps to conclusions and makes value judgements of good and bad practice, how easily one falls prey to feelings of superiority because one feels that we have so many answers. This philosophy and line of thought has influenced all the work I have done, and influenced the way we approach our work in VAANI. When considering a partnership with a hearing-impaired child, a parent, an NGO, or the government, it is the belief that we need to listen, to build trust, to understand the other’s point of view, before one can start any kind of a relationship and that, I can say with pride, has made most of our work successful and sustainable. It is only then truly need based.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Early childhood education
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University publications > Learning Curve
Depositing User: Mr. Sachin Tirlapur
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2018 14:38
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2018 14:38
URI: http://publications.azimpremjifoundation.org/id/eprint/1179
Publisher URL: http://apfstatic.s3.ap-south-1.amazonaws.com/s3fs-...

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