Pune: St Mira’s College for Girls along with Ekansh Trust has launched first of its kind certificate course in ‘Disability: Awareness and Inclusion’. The course has over 62 participants, including undergraduate students and teachers from primary schools.
The idea of the course is to spread awareness about the various kinds of physical, mental, intellectual and learning disabilities, their implications, early intervention, rights of Persons with Disabilities (PwD), etc. The steps before inclusion are awareness, acceptance, sensitisation and
These have to happen on multiple levels and the course seeks to focus on equipping students with enough information and guidance to be able to understand these steps better.
Anita Narayan Iyer, Director, Ekansh Trust said that she was proud to be launching the course at St Mira’s College for Girls. “I hope that everything I have learnt in my journey will benefit the students through the course,” she added.
Dr Gulshan Gidwani, Principal, St Mira’s College for Girls, also reiterated that the course is important and that many more such efforts must be made together.
The Commissioner, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disability (PwD), Maharashtra, Ruchesh Jaivanshi was very impressed with the course content and has asked for regular feedback on the progress of the course.
“I believe that such courses would create a lot of awareness beyond the classroom also when students begin to advocate inclusion,” he said.
Dr Jaya Rajagopalan, Head, Department of Psychology underlined the importance of acceptance and sensitivity and the underlying educational philosophy of the college to develop mature citizens who have reverence for all. She said, “It was exceedingly important in the context of the growing numbers of persons with different types of disability.”
Jyoti Nair, the mother of a girl on the Autism spectrum, emphasised the discriminatory attitude that society has towards PwD and urged the students to be future brand ambassadors of disability awareness.