Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, many gyms, malls, and even schools were closed, because of no schools and no source of education was available many children with disabilities were facing a hard time since classes started being held with the use of technology.
The same thing started in Wayanad, Kerala, The Kudumbashree District Mission teamed up with the Nahla Charitable Foundation and started online classes for children with disabilities, as a part of the CLAP Wayanad Programme.
The Comprehensive Learning Advancement Programme (CLAP) and the classes aim to make sure that differently-abled children get the care and training during these tough times. In the district, there are six BUDS Schools and five BUDS Rehabilitation Centres (BRC) working under Kudumbashree. Nearly 250 children are attending these schools. The services of experts are also available for children with disabilities living outside the district through these online classes.
The founder of the Nahla Charitable Foundation, Abdusamad K said, "there is no homogeneous method to train these children. Every child is different and needs different techniques to learn. The e-learning mechanism may not seem complete owing to limited possibilities for interaction between the student, teachers, and the school environment. However, it was necessary to equip students for a resumption of school activities at a later stage".
The online classes are held on Sundays and Thursdays at 5.30 pm on the Malanad Channel. For the children who can't access to this online service, therapies are going to their homes and giving them the same service.
Under the guidelines of the State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT), there are various home therapies and some other related topics included in the classes. On the tv screens, they showcased some WhatsApp number by which the parents and students can contact them and get their academic-related doubts clear.
They have made two parts of each episode, the first one has textbook lessons given by BUDS School Teachers, who are trained to support children with disabilities. The second offers directions on performing various therapies and this is taught by the experts.
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