Teachers must be trained to educate specially abled, says President Patil

December 3rd, 2007 - 9:59 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Dec 3 (ANI): Calling for universalisation of education for specially abled children, President Pratibha Patil today said there is a need to train teachers who provide education to children with disabilities.
“We have to provide the right kind of teaching-learning environment, material in accessible format and barrier-free schools (to specially abled),” Patil said while presenting national awards for the empowerment of persons with disabilities and realising postal stamp.
The need of the hour is that persons with disabilities are given “vocational training so that they become employable,” the President said.
“To encourage such employment in the private or public sector, the government has very rightly announced a new scheme whereby employers will not have to pay for Employees Provident Fund contribution and Employees State Insurance contribution for the first three years,” she added.
Patil further said that society and social attitudes “play an important role in determining the participation of disabled people in social and economic life, often even within their own families.”
She also drew attention towards the need to provide “technical aids like hearing devices and limb prosthesis” to specially abled.
“Often very simple equipment like wheelchairs and Braille writing equipment help facilitate mobility, communication and daily living. The purchase as well as fitting of aids and appliances should be facilitated, including by holding special camps particularly in remote and rural areas,” Patil said.
The President said apart from making specially abled self-reliant, “it is important to cultivate a sense of compassion and attitude of social responsibility in society, towards disabled persons.”
“We have to lay special emphasis on the empowerment of women, children and the elderly with disabilities, to bring them into the mainstream of society and improve their quality of life,” she said.
Life of dignity and self-respect are rights of persons living with disabilities, “this is not a favour given to them,” Patil said. (ANI)

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