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1. Working for Disabled

   
     
  Special education for the disabled in progress  

It has been ages that disability has far reaching consequences for the personality of an individual, a belief that has led to the development of false notions and prejudices in the community. Our notions about disability and disabled people are generally negative. We were not born with these notions. Out ideas about disability come from what we see and hear, and the fact remains that we have rarely seen disabled people in everyday roles like others. Our perceptions also reflect society’s non-acceptance of a person with disability as a person. This calls for an urgent analysis of existing attitudes and feelings towards disability, in order to determine an informed and realistic approach to the Matter.

IISD has been working for disabled persons for last 5 years. It tried to maintain the self respect of persons who are differently abled. It never promotes people to do charity for these persons instead IISD always promote community to do justice with these people.

IISD initially started work with DPEP in 2 Blocks (Nindura & Fatehpur) of Barabanki District. During the programme exhaustive survey was conducted and more than 2000 differently abled children were identified. Although majority of them were physically challenged but few were mentally as well as visually challenged too. IISD conducted various programme at regular interval which are as follows:

1. Health Camps

To facilitate the issuing of Medical Certificate to these children, (which forms the basis for them to get any govt. facilities) IISD organized camps in which Govt. Medical officers were invited to certify the percentage of disability of a particular type. Huge turn ups occurred in these camps and more than 200 certificates were issued in a single day.

2. Mainstreaming of Child in Education

If a disabled child studies in a normal schooling and he/she is specially taken care of then it develops self-confidence among the child. With this notion we always advocated to admit the child in normal schooling.

3. Orientation of Teachers and Parents

To maintain the self-confidence of child, it was very important to orient the teachers and parents first. Considering this we organized series of workshops for both teachers of primary schools in rural areas and orientations for parents of disabled children. This helped in detention of child in the school and also got support & encouragement from his/her parents at home.

4. Tie-up with Other Agencies for Various Equipment

IISD also tried to involve other organizations in this process who were providing various equipments (wheel chairs/clutches/Brail slates etc.) which facilitate their smooth learning environment. In this regards local govt. officials were also involved so that maximum benefits could be extended to the needy child.

2. Conduct Research on Developmental Issues

To update our self in the developmental sector and to cater the need of various agencies IISD also conducts researches / evaluation studies on various aspects. For this it has a core team of subject experts who are available on the need basis. The studies conducted in the past:

1. To Know the Status of Awareness on Voluntary Blood Donation

This was the first study conducted for Ministry of Science and Technology, New Delhi. The purpose was to find out the reasons why people do not donate blood, what they feel and how it could be promoted. The findings were very interesting, out of details few important of them are:
- People are afraid of the needle;
- No one asked them ever;
- There was no honor;
- Afraid of misuse of their donation;
- Less aware about the facts;

2. Child Labour in Unorganized Sector

This study was conducted by Dr. Mukta Gupta to know the number of child labour working in “Chikan Industry”, what are their working conditions, what are their wages and other benefits etc. This study also pointed out some interesting facts that in spite of many govt. efforts child labour can not be eliminated as it becomes the family work and all members are required to contribute as per their strength. This also effects their earning as it becomes an collective effort for whole family.

3. Child Labour in Construction Industry

This study was conducted during the internship of Mr. Subhash kumar who was the student of MSW in Purvanchal University. The findings were very close to the above study as these children come from very weak section of the society and they need money to support their families living in far of places in rural areas where there are very low options to sustain their lives. In spite of very risky job they prefer to do this just to get more money.