Uttarakhand High Court speaks up for disabled kids, asks government to ensure they get proper care
When to comes to education, special needs children are severely neglected even today in many parts of India. Now, in a welcome step, the Uttarakhand High Court has issued many directions to the state government to make sure that proper facilities are provided in schools to children with special needs.
The court said this after they received a letter from a person that brought attention to the hassles faced disabled kids when it comes to studying.
The court has issued several directions to the court, like:
- All government schools, aided and non-aided must make sure washrooms, transportation system and barrier-free movement is provided.
- Appoint special educators in all the schools for children with special needs within a period of six months.
- Government must give a scholarship of Rs 1,000 per month to these students.
- It has to look after all the disabled kids whose parents are not able to take care of them.
- Parents from poor backgrounds have to be given incentives like school uniforms, stationery, books etc and transportation to and from schools.
- Special curriculum be developed for them within three months
- A Braille writer be provided for visually impaired children.
- Build sufficient number of hostels for children with special needs as per the specifications of RPWD 2016 and Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 within a period of one year in a cluster of four districts.
- Every child with a disability has access to free education until the age of 18 years.
- Promote the integration of students with disabilities in mainstream schools.
- Equip the special schools for children with disabilities with vocational training facilities.
The court defined special needs students into eight categories: Fully Visually Impaired, Partially Visually Impaired, Leprosy Cured, Deaf, Locomotor Impaired, Mentally Challenged, Mental Disorder and Slow Mental Growth.