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Emelda Akinyi with Vivian


Facilitating access to education for disabled children at Cheshire Homes Mumbai and Serampore

  • Location: Mumbai and Serampore (Kolkata), India
  • Start date: 2008
  • Partners: Mumbai Cheshire Home and Serampore Cheshire Home

This project has established two education resource centres in Mumbai and Serampore for children and young adults with disabilities, their families, and teachers so that they can access educational information, support and resources. Staff at the resource centres provide support, guidance and motivation for parents, disabled children and community members to ensure that children with disabilities are included in mainstream schools and in the wider community.

Project targets:

  • 200 children with disabilities supported to go to school
  • 125 teachers trained on teaching children with disabilities
  • Awareness raised of the importance of education for children with disabilities among 1,000 community members

Project highlights include:

  • The project has prepared a kit containing teaching learning materials including tactile alphabets, numbers, artificial fruits and vegetables, buttoning boards etc. These have been distributed to local schools. Teachers love the materials, saying they make learning easier and more effective.
  • Through the project, parents of children with disabilities have formed self-advocacy groups so that they can take up the issues faced by their children with schools, teachers, community members and government.
  • The project has increased the visibility of both homes, which has enhanced their ability to influence local and national initiatives relating to disability. For example, the Cheshire Home in Serampore was actively involved in the consultative processes related to the new Disability Bill in Calcutta, hosting two local consultations.