In India, Specific Learning Disabilities were recognized for the first time by the Rights of Persons with Disability Act in 2016. The law guarantees the right to education, employment, and family for those with SLDs, while protecting their right to be included in the community. This is reflected in several policies of the Government of India, including the New Education Policy 2020. However, the journey from file to field implementation is a long one, and despite of many efforts, inclusion hasn't been completely mainstreamed at the ground level yet.
At ChangeInkk, we aim to provide the necessary support to Central & State Governments to help accelerate mainstreaming of inclusion by providing a deep understanding of the issue, making recommendations based on evidence and global best practices, as well as strengthening capacities of field functionaries for accelerated implementation.
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In November 2020, we signed an MOU with Bihar Education Project Council to support the Department of Education, Govt. of Bihar and its key institutional partners (including SCERT, DIETs, Bihar State Board & Samagra Shiksha, etc.) in planning and implementation of a holistic inclusive education program. The interventions will strengthen teacher capacity to identify and address the learning needs of children with specific learning disabilities and improve learning outcomes by creating a supportive and accommodative learning environment.
In July 2022, we signed an MOU with the Nagaland State Education Department to establish the country’s first Centre of Excellence for Neurodiversity in Kohima. Through this partnership we will support the state in mainstreaming inclusion of students with learning disabilities, by establishing enabling policies, building teacher capacity, strengthening pedagogy and curriculum to support inclusive learning environments, while developing UDL based teaching learning materials. The Centre of Excellence will take a collaborative approach, to ensure that students with disabilities are mainstreamed across grades K to 12s.
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We have been supporting & AICTE to enable the mainstreaming of students with learning disabilities in technical higher education. We were a member of AICTE’s Partha Chakrabarti Committee for the Inclusion of Students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLDs) in Higher Education. The Committee’s recommendations have been accepted by AICTE, and now are in the process of being implementeds.
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