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Inclusive schools in Bangalore
Detail: Bangalore is all set to have two innovative inclusive schools, both believed to be the first of their kind in the city. One would provide formal education to children with disabilities, while the second aims at imparting state-of-the-art schooling to students belonging to lower income families at an affordable fee.

Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, a city-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), is planning to build a 100% disabled-friendly school spread over an area of 48,000 sq ft.

Another NGO, Sujaya Education Foundation has come up with the concept of providing the best of educational facilities similar to that offered by private schools at an affordable rate for children from the poor section of the society.

Bangalore schools are not designed to cater to children with different abilities. The few that do have some facilities for disabled children are not fully equipped in terms of infrastructural facilities and trained teachers. The Samartham school plans a state-of-the- art facility that can operate and cater to more than 600 disabled and underprivileged students.

The school will have lifts and ramps to help the physically challenged students. For visually challenged students, information will be provided through Braille, in large prints. The school will have the provision of assistive technology like interactive keyboards, touch-screen computers and interactive whiteboards. The school is likely to start functioning from June 2011.

The new and highly debated Right to Education Act does not have any mention of how to accommodate children with disabilities in schools where normal students get education. Experts feel that such a school was long overdue and will go a long way in helping the cause of education of disabled children.
Source: Based on a story by Maitreyee Boruah, “Innovative schools to cater to the underprivileged”, DNA, December 20, 2010 Monday
Date: April 4 2011