MNC has been conducting National level workshops in the domain of Early Intervention in Mental Retardation since the year 2004. The objectives are to provide a platform for rehabilitation professionals from across the country to share their experiences and knowledge of new developments in this area.
The theme of this year’s workshop was “Preparing for Holistic Inclusion through Early Intervention in Mental Retardation and Associated Disabilities.” The 12th National workshop began with an invocation by the Special Educators of MNC and the traditional lighting of the kuthuvilaku. Mr. S Krishnan, Advisor - MNC, welcomed the gathering. After the welcome speech we had a lovely welcome dance presented by the children of MNC for the patriotic song ‘ Badthe Kadam”. This was choreographed by Mrs. Nivedita of RASA – Centre for Theater Arts and Special Needs, Chennai.
In order to assess its social impact and to check whether MNC’s activities were in line with its Vision of providing early intervention for young children with mental disabilities, MNC drafted its social accounts and has successfully completed two cycles of Social accounts for the period 2008-2009 and 2011-2012. The Social Accounts of the Center for the year 2013-15 was released next, by the Chief Guest Dr. K Manivasan, IAS, Commissioner for the Differently Abled, Government of Tamilnadu and the first copy was received by Mr. N Kumar, VP – Sanmar Group, Chennai.
Prof P Jeyachandran enlightened the audience with the overview of the two day workshop, and the benefits which accrue from it to all the stakeholders. He stressed the importance of Inclusion and the need to understand the modalities of Inclusion into the community in general and not into mainstream schools alone. The workshop was attended by 150 participants including delegates on both days, mainly Special Educators, Therapists and Rehabilitation professionals from different parts of the country, medical and paramedical practitioners, and special invitees. Each day saw two sessions. The topics of the presentations included “Ingredients for successful Inclusion in Preschools”, “Role of Government as a model in making inclusion happen”, “Inclusion in Early Years in Mainstream School – Making it Happen”. MNC Special Educators presented an insight into “Implementation of Early Intervention Programs towards Holistic Inclusion – An Experience.” Every presentation was an eye opener for the audience with in-depth analysis and suggestions for successful inclusion.
The event concluded the second day with a valedictory ceremony. The valedictory address was given by Shri S K Srivastava, Member Secretary, Rehabilitation Council of India. Mrs. Jaya Krishnaswamy, Director, MNC welcomed everyone to the valedictory ceremony and spelt out the outcomes of the Workshop in detail. Mrs. Andal Raghavan, Director - MNC proposed the vote of thanks and the curtains came down.
Experts and eminent persons from India in the various areas covered, rehabilitation professionals, public opinion makers, advocacy groups, parents/parents associations, funding agencies and the public participated in the conference. They numbered about 150.
Held on - 20th - 21st November, 2015
At : Pastoral Centre, Mylapore, Chennai - 600004