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Work with a vision and mission for education of children with learning difficulties to succeed: Focus group
With an emphasis on Right to Education Act in India and rights of differently abled people, the need for compensatory, readiness and re-foundation education are being seen as support systems for children with learning disabilities such as Auditory Processing Disorder (APD); Dyscalculia; Dysgraphia; Dyslexia; Language Processing Disorder; Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities; Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit; ADHD, etc.

A visioning exercise in the form of a focus group with four functionaries working in special education was undertaken at Disha-NGO in Jaipur to work out the mark-one vision and mission statements for setting up a centre for early readiness education for children with learning disabilities or difficulties.

The group worked out the tentative vision statement as follows: "All can learn and making learning happen is the true service to the humanity" and the mission statement went like this: "Towards creating a socially sensitive differentiated classroom with missionary zeal and emergent strategies for preparation of children with learning difficulties for their educational and societal integration."

It was envisaged that the teacher-pupil ratio would have to be 1:4 so that on daily basis along with teaching for cognitive development individual corrective clinical interventions could take place. First, day-wise micro-learning based readiness curriculum should be based on medical model of learning of intervention, diagnosis and remediation.

Also, teachers would be required to be prepared through thirty day training for preparing and transacting the compensatory micro-learning curriculum with new classroom strategies. Child-level planning with a weekly progress review and support system for capacity building of teachers would be required for mission to succeed.

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