Category: Accessibility & Inclusive Education

Learning Disability

2.84 lakh children of age 6-14 years with learning disabilities are enrolled as per Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE) 2013-14. These constitute 0.14% of the total enrolment at the elementary level.

Under SSA, regular parental counselling programmes are conducted for parents of children with special needs (CWSNs) including those of learning disabilities. Against the target of training of 3.56 lakh parents of CWSN in 2014-15, 4.96 lakh parents have been given training. Besides, the resource persons engaged at the Block Resource Centres (BRC) exclusively for CWSNs under SSA also conduct home visits to counsel parents. States like Kerala and Odisha do exclusive counselling programmes for parents of CWSNs.

Under SSA, 20910 resource persons have specifically been engaged for children with special needs. These resource persons are technically qualified to teach CWSNs. They provide remedial education to children with specific learning disability.

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National Action Plan for Skill Training of Persons with Disabilities Launched: 2.5 Million PwDs to be Trained Under the Plan

National Action Plan for Skill Training of Persons with Disabilities Launched: 2.5 Million PwDs to be Trained Under the Plan

The Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy addressing after launching the National Action Plan for the Skill Training of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), at the National Conference on Skill Development of Persons with Disabilities, in New Delhi on March 21, 2015.

The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot has said that the Government is committed to the holistic empowerment of persons with disabilities through education, rehabilitation and especially skill development and employment.

Shri Gehlot said that the National Action Plan is a partnership between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disability for skilling 2.5 million Person with Disability (PwD) over seven years

He was speaking on the occasion of launching of the National Action Plan for Skill Training of Persons with Disabilities at a Conference held here today. The Plan was jointly launched with the Minister of State (IC), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy. The Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar was also present on the occasion. A large gathering of corporates, PSU officials, experts, NGOs, civil society organizations and stakeholders are participating in the one-day Conference.

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Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled

India becomes the first country to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, visually impaired, or otherwise print disabled on 30th June, 2014. So far, 79 WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) member states have signed this Treaty. The Marrakesh treaty will come into force once twenty countries ratify this treaty.

Shri Dilip Sinha, the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, handed over the the Instrument of Ratification to Mr Francis Gurry, Director General , WIPO at a ceremony organized held during the 28th Session of SCCR (Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights) in WIPO Headquarters.

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