Tribune News Service
Amritsar, July 15
Fighting the stigma attached with children with special needs (CWSN), a batch of
eight students from Springdale Senior Secondary School celebrated their hard work as all of them passed the CBSE’s Class X exam with flying colours.
The highest marks in the batch were bagged by a student with dyslexia, who scored 88 per cent marks.
Special educator Prerna Khanna, who is herself a parent of a child with special needs, while sharing their moment of success, said: “I am training these kids for the past five years. It’s a proud moment for the school and parents, as our kids have performed really well. We have been working with the children for the past five years, training them to get through not just their learning deficits, but also communication deficit. This year, CBSE’s relaxations regarding CWSN students also helped them in getting their choice of subjects, a scribe, and extra time, but still, we had to overcome a lot of challenges.”
The school is running an inclusive educational programme for the past nine years and accepting CWSN into the mainstream to enable equality and inclusivity to such children.
Fighting the stigma associated with such children, Prerna says the results were not just mere academic success, but also go beyond a measure to encourage more parents to accept and provide such children the best of education.
“The highest marks in the batch were bagged by a student with dyslexia. We have children who suffer from intellectual disability, hearing and visual disabilities and physical disabilities. What’s more challenging is not to teach kids but to make parents and others stop feeling this stigma.”
The school has also started buddy programmes and scribe volunteer programmes to engage other students in sensitising initiatives. “We focus on developing sensitised school community through several programmes, so that the idea of inclusive education is practiced. We also provide individual teacher support and other innovative concepts for making learning holistic for our children with special needs,” she said.
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