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Go for contextual models of women development and empowerment for mothers of differently abled children: Study
"Indian women, situated in different conditions and social set-ups, require contextual models of development and empowerment. One such of group of women consists of the mothers of differently abled children - more so the mothers of intellectually challenged children and those who have multiple disabilities," states the research study done at Jaipur based resource centre for multiple disabilities called Disha.

Disha is running three-month course called the 'Mother and Child Program' and it required an analytical study regarding how the empowerment through training is being perceived by the mothers of differently abled children.

According to the researcher Lalit Kishore, empowerment of women is related to gender parity and equity which has been explained through haiku as follows: "Gender parity - / that's our the most basic need / as social beings. It is our birth right / to experience life free from / all gender constructs. / We all are humans / first and foremost and always, / Rest're social constructs. Gender equity - / cornerstone of good governance / with inclusion. Change of mindset'll end / gender discrimination. / Rest is tokenism."

For the study, a mixed study design of observation of sessions, open form written reactions of mothers of differently abled children and mini-focus group was undertaken. The sample of the study consisted of mothers (N=10, mean age: 33 years, urban setting, and middle income group).

The typical empowering comment was that 'the training has enabled me to provide the right kind of support at home towards to accelerate my seven years old child's development towards self-reliance in daily-life activities'. Also, the concept of empowerment has been converted into a sketch note which is being accepted as literature review which is easy to grasp.

"By the mothers of differently abled children, the notion of empowerment is seen as the optimism, awareness, skill training and collectivization. They felt that relevant training and practice of skills enables them to support the child at home along with socialization with other mothers facing similar kind of situation," found the study that also resulted in an empowerment model of training. The paper going to be presented during a national conference.

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