[AI] School admissions for the visually challenged.

Pamnani kanchanpamnani at hotmail.com
Thu Sep 13 03:38:29 EDT 2007

Rajesh is right on the issue of aided schools.
Apart from the issue of reservation and the applicability of the Ac there is 
a practical problem where the family and NGOs have to step in.
The school normally does not have the facility of a teacher of braille nor 
do they have special aids and appliances.
There are many in the accessindia family who went to general schools but 
were helped by their parents who either went with them to school and copied 
from the blackboard for them or arranged for special teachers to assist the 
There is a lot of effort that the family has to put in. Others in the group 
can share their experience.
The parents also have to keep in touch with the NGOs to know about the aids 
and appliances available and about special teachers for braille, mobility 
NAB Delhi runs such a facility.
In Kerala maybe the child will have to go to different places to get the 
extra help.
The Rehabilitation Council of India has some role.
Sarva Shiksha Abhyan contemplates such a situation.
I know it is the State's responsibility but it is the family's primary 
responsibility and they cannot shirk it by putting the responsibility on the 
State completely.
it is really what the parents can afford and how much time they want to 
spend on their child.
If the family is ready to put in the effort then there is no reason why the 
child should be refused.
Integration and inclusion are the main reasons and goals still to be 
achieved completely.

Kanchan Pamnani
Advocate & Solicitor
9, Suleman Chambers,
Battery Street, Colaba,
Mumbai - 400 039.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sudhir R (NeSTIT)" <sudhir.r at nestgroup.net>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2007 9:27 AM
Subject: [AI] School admissions for the visually challenged.

> Good morning, folks !
> Our lil' state of Kerala which boasts of 100% literacy seems to be 
> throwing up the maximum number of stumble-blocks when it comes to 
> delivering the most elementary of rehab inputs to visually challenged 
> youngsters, education.
> We have a sad case on our hands where a smart, 4 year old girl suffering 
> from low vision has been refused admission to the LKG class by most of the 
> good schools at Kochi.  The only course open to her now seems to be 
> getting admitted to one of the schools for the blind where the teaching 
> standards are not so good.
> In this context, I would like to know how the situation is in other states 
> of India, especially in the metros.  Do elite schools run by private 
> managements open their doors to our brethren ?  Or, do we have recourse 
> only to Government-run schools or schools for the blind ?
> I would also like to know the applicability of the reservation benefit 
> under the PWD Act to private educational institutions that are run with 
> government aid.  In Kerala, we have lots of these so-called aided schools 
> that survive on tax payers' money and hence can't theoretically refuse 
> admission to the physically challenged.  Pl comment.
> Thanks and rgds
> RS
> M: 098 472 76 126
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