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Meet to draft curriculum for blind ITI students Sunday, September 16, 2001
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: "There is hardly any blind student in any Industrial Training Institute (ITI) across the country, despite reservation by the Disabilities Act passed six years ago", lamented secretary of Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) JP Singh on Friday.
To correct this pathetic scenario, the RCI had organised a 32-member meeting at the Blind Person's Association to draw the first `Curriculum for Training of Vocational Instructors of ITIs for teaching visually impaired'. The curriculum is being touted as one step forward towards integrating the blind into the mainstream.
Non-availability of appropriate equipment and lack of training of vocational instructors working in ITIs in teaching the blind are the two major hurdles in allowing the visually challenged to take advantage of the reservation advocated in the Disabilities Act. "The three month course being framed will aim towards sensitising instructors towards the special needs of the blind", said Singh.
BPA director Bhushan Punani said the course content will include educating the instructors about the basics of visual impairment. "This component will be aimed at educating the instructors about the disability as defined by WHO, causes of blindness, development of vocational education and over-view of various forms of educational programmes", said Punani.
Other components of the curriculum being finalised at the two-day meeting are `Special education needs of the visually impaired' that includes sessions on braille, the special aids and preparation of teaching learning material for visually impaired ITI students.
A specific section on the special training needs of the vocational instructor will address the implications of the blindness in teaching skills in specific courses like carpentry, plastic processing, operator, electro-plating, and mechanical trades.
Practical courses on braille, use and maintenance of special aids and appliances and orientation and mobility skills and techniques under the blind-fold condition will also be a significant part of the curriculum being designed to effectively teach the blind.
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