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Himachal Pradesh to host national conference on "Inclusive Education: Learning Together"
A three-day national conference on inclusive education with the theme "Inclusive Education- Learning Together" is going to be held in Shimla of Himachal Pradesh at YMCA by the Centre for Disability Studies and Action, Social Work Department of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and the Brotherhood, Delhi.

"The overall aims of such conference is to get an opportunity to share and disseminate ideas, research findings, academic, field-level experiences on Inclusive Education, evidence bases practices and innovation in inclusive education from different parts of India and create a sharing community to feel all children safe and secure in the classroom," inform the organizers of the conference to be held in the last week of September.

The organizers of the event intend to reach all professionals from different parts of country and to bring all into common platform and share the work with each other by publishing the papers presented by participants.  Also, a course is being developed for in-service and pre-service teachers, Parents and non-teaching staff.

"Inclusive education is about how we develop and design our schools, classrooms, programs and activities so that all students learn and participate together. For a school to be inclusive, all children, regardless of their ability level have to be included in a mainstream classroom,  so that students of all ability levels are taught as equals, and that teachers adjust their curriculum and teaching methodologies  for all students to benefit. Implementation of an inclusive education would require a number of changes in present day teaching practices, curriculum content, infrastructure, technological aids, evaluation procedures and available resources at the school level," states the conference's concept note.

Various stands of the conference are:  early intervention; identification and assessment of children with disabilities; admission strategies;   curriculum adaptation; classroom practices; practices based on ict and assistive technologies; teacher development; and leadership.

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