Need opportunity not sympathy : bal mela for children with disabilities

Badaga, Shankar and M., Anwar and K., Venkatesh (2019) Need opportunity not sympathy : bal mela for children with disabilities. Learning Curve (5). pp. 66-68. ISSN 2582-1644

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Just like any other day, I was on my regular school visits, but the school I visited that day was special and invoked an insight in me. The school that I am talking about is the Government Higher Primary School in the Kupagal village of Shorapur taluk (Yadgir district). I was talking to the children of grades 6 and 7. One child was not responding since she could not grasp my words. Then, her friends helped her with hand signs, and she could understand me. I found out that her hearing was impaired, and her siblings too had the same condition. Even though I could not have normal communication with her, her friends did not seem to face any trouble communicating with her. This incident somehow got me thinking that these children also have special abilities and if only we could understand them better and provide them with diverse opportunities, they too could be successful in studies. I realised what they need is opportunities, not sympathy, to bring out the competencies waiting to be unfolded.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Inclusive education, Child with disability
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University publications > Learning Curve
Depositing User: Mr. Sachin Tirlapur
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2020 10:11
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2020 10:11
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