Consortium for Inclusive Education is our systems based approach designed to enable all institutions to address the needs of children with special needs. Deepak Foundation, with the support of Gujarat CSR Authority, is establishing a national level “Consortium for Inclusive Education”. The Consortium has a broad mission of supporting regular schools in integrating children with special needs and ensuring that they continue to receive high quality education post-integration. The Consortium is meant to be an interactive platform for a group of experts from civil society organisations, academia, corporates, and government representatives. Department of Social justice and Empowerment and Department of People with Disabilities, Gujarat are also active stakeholders in this initiative.
Inclusive education is the first step towards achieving social and economic rehabilitation of people with disabilities and thereby completely integrating them into the society. The PWD Act requires the Central, State, and Union Territory Governments to ensure that all children with disabilities have access to a “free and appropriate” education until the age of 18 years. The Act outlined a comprehensive education scheme to provide transportation facilities, remove architectural barriers, supply free books and other study materials, grant scholarships, restructure curriculum, and modify the examinations system for the benefit of children with special needs. Despite these efforts, the implementation of Inclusive Education remains a challenge.
- Upskilling regular school teachers
- Conducting teachers training program
- Accessibility audits of schools
- Teaching learning material and curriculum design
- Strengthening resource centres
- Awareness campaigns and workshops
- Inclusion of children with special needs into mainstream schools