Imphal, Oct 17
National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (Divyangjan) organised a “One Day Orientation Training Programme on Holistic Management of Infants and Children with Intellectual Disabilities” at INA Moirang in collaboration with Relief Centre for the Welfare of Differently Abled Persons and State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities.
Dr. Mary Anurupa,(Resource Persons) had explained NIEPID as an autonomous body that operates under ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and its headquarter is located at Manovikasnagar Secunderabad. She said that with the objective of empowering person with mental retardation NIEPID is extending various training programmes and services in many part of India from the past 34 years. As a part of it the services are reaching in all North East States. The hardest thing for any parent to hear is that their child has a physical or mental disability. It may come as a complete shock; you may have thought that your child was just a little slower than others their age. After the fear subsides and you realize you are not alone and your talk it out in counselling and with your partner, the guilt and confusion is likely to set in. You wonder if it’s caused by something you did while you were pregnant and you wonder why on earth this has happened to your child.
Ravi Prakash Singh, (Resource Persons) Lecturer in Special Education, NIEPIE RC, Navi Mumbai, elaborated on various topics such as types of disabilities, causes, prevention, inclusiveness of persons with disabilities in the classroom, society and home, etc. There are also many causes and volunteer works done to promote greater awareness of disability situations all over the world. Every year, celebrities, athletes, philanthropic organizations, civic groups and many others stage events to bring the limelight to various disabilities.
Mugesh Thulasikantha, (Resource Persons) Occupational Therapy, NIEPID, Hyderabad, Talking to other parents who have children with disabilities and joining a support group is the easiest way to deal with the news. These are great places to find out about programs you can enrol your child into and how to care for someone with a disability. The three sessions went with audio and video presentations with interactive sessions in between and the programme.
Pinky Salam, a young and enthusiastic Reporter is working with Imphal Times since 2018. Apart from being a reporter, he is a musician and plays Guitar in his spare time. Pinky is a resident of Sagolband Salam Maning Leikai, Imphal and lives with his parents. He can be reached at [email protected]
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