Inclusive Education

In view of the constitutional commitment of providing free and compulsory education up to the age of 18 years irrespective of the abilities of children, Chandigarh under Samagra Shiksha is striving hard to achieve this aim. Undeniably various facilities have been extended to the children with special needs (CWSN) to facilitate the education of this special group of children.

ACCESSIBILITY:
As a step towards removing the barrier of exclusion for these Children with Special needs, Chandigarh is including CWSN in the mainstream schools to make education accessible to this vulnerable group of children, their identification, assessment and proximity of schools is felt important. Therefore, following steps were initiated:
 

Identification process of CWSN: -
The CWSN identified by RTs are medically examined by the medical teams of Govt. Medical College and Hospitals, Sector-32 (GMCH-32) and Govt. Multispecialty Hospital, Sector 16 (GMSH-16) under Directorate of Health, UT Chandigarh in order to ascertain the degree and type of disability.

 

No. of CWSN enrolled in schools & being covered under Home Based Education:

S. No

Category

Total No. of CWSN covered

No. of CWSN enrolled in schools (U-DISE)

No. of CWSN covered through HBE

1

Low Vision

1320

1318

2

2

Blindness

158

157

1

3

Hearing Impairment

136

133

3

4

Speech and Language Disability

1102

1100

2

5

Orthopaedic Handicap

270

259

11

6

Cerebral Palsy

104

74

30

7

Intellectual Disabilities

542

448

94

8

Specific Learning Disabilities

476

476

0

9

Multiple Disabilities

158

84

74

10

Autism Spectrum Disorder

12

12

0

11

Chorionic Neurological Conditions

1

1

0

12

Dwarfism

11

11

0

13

Haemophilia

1

1

0

14

Leprosy Cured Persons

1

1

0

15

Multiple Sclerosis

2

2

0

16

Muscular Dystrophy

5

5

0

17

Thalassemia

3

3

0

18

Mental illness

2

2

 

 

Total

4304

4087

217

 

Activities initiated for retention and providing quality education: -

  1. Curriculum Modification & development of IEP
  2. Evaluation guidelines for CWSN
  3. Capacity building of General Teachers
  4. Learning Corners for CWSN
  5. Support Services in Special Resource Centres
  6. Therapy Camps for CWSN at cluster level.
  7. Training on sports & Skills
  8. Provision of Open Schooling for children with Intellectual Disabilities at secondary level.
  9. Transport & Escort Allowance
  10. Stipend to girl CWSN
  11. Medical Assessment & provision of aids & appliances
  12. Home Based Education