Improving learning conditions for children with disabilities in Dehradun

  Project title

Using Technology to Enhance Learning Opportunities for Children with Disabilities

  Location

Dehradun, India

  Starting point

The latest Indian Population Census (2011) reports that 26.8 million people live with a disability, or 2.2% of the population. Despite the country’s political efforts (including the Rights of Persons With Disabilities Act, 2016[1]) the situation of persons with disabilities remains difficult. The therapeutic approach is essentially medical; there is little mention of integration.

LRF, was recently elected “NGO of the Year” by the National Trust.

 

Website : Latikaroy.org

 

[1] http://disabilityaffairs.gov.in/upload/uploadfiles/files/RPWD%20ACT%202016.pdf

   About the project

The project presented here “Improving the situation of children with disabilities in Dehradun, India” has a two-fold purpose:

  • To enable, through the purchase of a Tata Winger minibus, more disabled children to access Latika Roy’s services by providing regular and safe transportation.
    Out of 249 children and young adults registered, the foundation can today only provide transportation for about 40% of them.
  • Install a communication room assisted by state-of-the-art technology. This room will contain 12 tablets, fully equipped with assistive speech recognition software such as Voice thread, Awaaz, Talk Tablet, etc. and will aim to provide daily tutoring to 350 of these marginalized children.

  Partnership

ASED’s partner, Latika Roy Memorial Foundation (LRF) is the only organization in the country that provides comprehensive services for people with disabilities from birth to adulthood, including a new and innovative initiative: a seniors’ club. Its multidisciplinary team of doctors, therapists, special educators, counsellors and psychologists offers a holistic, creative and joyful approach to child development and adult education.

 

LRF’s work is family-centred, involving parents, siblings and grandparents, and is also deeply rooted in the community.

  Duration

2019 – 2020 : ongoing