In order to create awareness about children with learning disability , the Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Allied Health Science and Department of Community Medicine, KMC, Manipal University, Manipal along with Lions and Lioness Clubs, Manipal, would initiate a joint project called ‘Asha’ in Udupi district. Under the project there would be awareness programmes, teacher education and screening to facilitate early intervention.
A street play named “Enable and Empower all Children” by the student of the department of occupational therapy would be staged to flag off the project along with distributing brochure to public places in Udupi on November 21 and 22. The same would take place in various government schools at various districts of the state. The programme would be inaugurated by the Lions district governor, Sridhar Shenava on 20 November at Shirdi Sai Baba Hall.
In India where 10% of the children have various learning disabilities and suffer from countless problems in their schools, while studying. Parents and teachers, who often seem to not understand the problem of the child and end up thinking them as dull, mischievous and difficult to manage. They are often ignored by their parents and teachers resulting in bad schooling years and a shaky start to their childhood. Other children in the school feel hesitant to play with them and a sense of negligence creeps in the child’s mind as they grow up. Some of the students even get dropped out from the schools due to their poor performance and many other suffer from multiple attempts in the same class to pass it. As a result it affects the self-esteem and confidence of the children, making it even tougher for them to struggle further with the situation and ending up in a depression sort of stage.
Treatment and identification in the early stages of such students help the children reach their maximum potential and take up suitable careers. Learning disabilities is also not well known to many people and thus they need to be aware of the same as well.