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Beyond disability: How this autistic, visually-impaired singer battled all odds with music

Shibani Ghosh, who is autistic and visually handicapped, used music to help her get by in life. Not only has she performed on numerous platforms, but she has also made her debut album.

Shibani is from Krishnanagar, a tiny town in West Bengal, where her mother Sujata Ghosh worked as an accountant and her father Asim Kumar Ghosh is the headmaster of a school.

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First Person: Experience of living in India’s first ‘Autism Guardians Village’ in Hyderabad

On the outskirts of Hyderabad, AGV, the largest and first autism-friendly village in the world, has been taking shape for more than ten years. Two separate but complementary sites, Autism Guardians’ Village (AGV), a residential community for families with autism, and Autism Ashram, a residential living centre for autistic adults and children, are spread across 20 acres.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong disorder that emerges in the first year or two of life.

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Punjab and Haryana High Court steps in to support “special youngster” denied education

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the Advocate Generals of both Haryana and Punjab as well as the senior standing counsel for Chandigarh to assist the court on the issue of making the system more responsive in situations where special children are denied the right to inclusive education. The court is criticising the state of Haryana for being blissfully unaware of its obligations to provide necessary infrastructural support to “special children” with Disability.

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UGC moves to help those with disabilities

The UGC has released rules that will help students with impairments on campuses in an effort to make them more inclusive. The rules are detailed, and one recommendation is for institutions to capitalise the answers on multiple-choice questions, such as A, B, C, and D, to prevent dyslexic pupils from confusing the letters “b” and “d.”

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The empowerment programme for kids with special needs was launched in Hyderabad.

The Telangana and Andhra Sub Area (TASA) and NIEPID (National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities) launched their six-day empowerment campaign for Children with Special Needs (CWSN) and Disability on Monday as a part of “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.”

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Six new programmes have been introduced at IP University, including an MEd in special education.

The M.Ed in special education (intellectual disability), which will focus on individuals with exceptional needs, was among the six new programmes that Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University announced on Wednesday for the 2019 academic year.

In addition to master’s programmes in industrial and interior design, other courses include B.Design programmes in interactive, industrial, and interior design. The programmes will each have 30 seats, according to officials.

Launch of training by Samagra Shiksha Kerala to boost the self-esteem of students with unique requirements

KOCHI: Living with a disability is never simple. Even if the kids are able to finish their education, many have trouble finding employment.

After the kids graduate from school, the question “What comes next after education?” has always hung over everyone’s head. When it comes to kids with particular disabilities, this query assumes even greater significance.

To address this issue, the Samagra Shiksha Kerala (SSK) organisation introduced the “Esteem” vocational rehabilitation programme as part of the STARS initiative, which will run from 2020 to 2021.

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Experts Call for Measuring Effects of Gadgets on Virtual Autism in Toddlers | India Ahead News

Children, especially those under three, are rapidly acquiring communication and behavioural irregularities as a result of excessive screen time on TV, iPads, and mobile phones. Researchers from all across the world have issued warnings about the possibility of “virtual autism” in such kids.

Bengaluru offers mental health patients an opportunity to display their artistic talents

An enthusiastic aspiring artist named T. Sandhya cried, “Scenery, lotus, rose, sunflower, hibiscus!”
The 36-year-old wasn’t just blurting out words; rather, she was discussing her favourite subjects for paintings. Sandhya, a patient at Nimhans (National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences), found comfort in painting and art when she was just six years old. Sandhya has an intellectual handicap and autism spectrum disorder.
Years later, she finds herself in a programme that, through fostering her artistic potential, promises to provide her a sense of accomplishment, self-reliance, and ultimately a means of support.

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