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The COVID-19 pandemic and LOCKDOWN has created the largest disruption of education and various other systems in history. Persons with disabilities have been disproportionately affected due to the attitudinal, physical and policy/institutional level barriers.
Further to this, the children with disabilities are one of the most disadvantaged groups as most of them are completely dependent on parents/caregivers. The lockdown and the social/physical distancing have further contributed to their problems.
Beneficiaries of VISHWAS ( http://www.vishwasindia.org/ ) Children with and without disabilities and PwDs from the community are dependent on face to face services whether it is education or for rehabilitation. They are facing problems in availing online service by replacing the existing way. Also, due to the financial challenges, the affordability of smartphones with good bandwidth connection is a dream for them and also because they are first generation learners.
- Preventing them from dropping out of school, continuity of medical/ rehabilitative services is very crucial to prevent reversal of their progress
- Services are provided free. Continuing free services to them without compromising on the quality is all the more imperative in these critical and difficult times
- Operational cost is a matter of concern. So far we have not done pay cuts
We have been working towards addressing information, psycho-social, safety, educational, medical and emotional needs through the virtual mode
Academics and extra curricular
- Due to minimal or zero involvement possible by the parents, they are being provided study material, explanatory videos, activity sheets and all need-based help
- Online sessions are conducted for grade Nursery- VIII students and trainees of Development and Training Programme
- Online exams are being conducted
- Extra- curricular activities like rangoli making (using waste material like fallen leaves, coal, pebbles or sand), storytelling, speech, paper craft are part of the curriculum along with festival celebrtions
- Individual education plan (IEP) is being adhered to by adopting video-based learning coupled with worksheets for children with learning challenges
Regular online physical activity sessions including yoga, are conducted by the sports teacher. It is very therapeutic too, especially for children with disabilities. Students find it a lot of fun.
- E-Consultations: Our team of experts is providing guidance and support to parents of children with disabilities on a regular basis. Those in need of intensive therapy or specific medical guidance are being assisted through video conferencing/ tele-rehabilitation along with follow up.
- Referrals for medical and surgical intervention.
- Regular telephonic conversations for providing information related to various government schemes, benefits and entitlements
Financial aid of Rs.7000 per family was provided to 40 beneficiaries during lockdown, by GiveIndia.
We are working rigorously to provide services under all our programmes by modifying and redesigning them, despite various challenges. It is yielding positive results.
- Out of 265 students, 215 of them are benefiting from online sessions
- We are in regular contact with families of remaining students to provide all possible guidance and support
- 50 digital sessions held & 20 children and persons with disabilities have benefited through eConsultation / tele rehabilitation
- Services being provided to PwDs from far flung areas in Bihar, U.P, and Delhi other than Gurugram, due to online sessions
- At community level follow up of 169 families done through tele-calling
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