MANIPAL: Project "Asha" to be
initiated in Udupi for creating awareness about children with learning
disability. The project shall be led by the Department of occupational therapy
of School of Allied Health Sciences and the Department of community medicine of
KMC, Manipal University along with Lions and Lioness Clubs, Manipal. The
project is aimed at spreading awareness, training teachers and creating a
screening window for early detection.
A street play named "Enable and empower all children" by the
students of department of occupational therapy shall mark the commencement of
the project. Also, they shall carry out brochure distribution for the same at
public places in Udupi such as Ajjarkad Park, Malpe Beach, Krishna Mutt and
Venugopal Temple on November 21 and 22 and also at government schools in
Udayavar. The programme shall be inaugurated by Sridhar Shenava, Lions district
governor, on November 20 at the Shirdi Sai Baba Hall.
The programme coincides with the International Disability
Day (December 3) and World Occupational Therapy day (October 27). In India, the
issue of learning disability in children is very high. About 10% of the total
children in India face this problem, and eventually face significant challenges
while being in school. Their grievances are often mistaken with the dullness of
students, and hence these students face tremendous challenges.
Other children are reluctant to play with these kids as
well. This eventually leads to issues of loneliness, strongly affecting a
child's career path. Some drop out of school, remaining struggle with repeated
attempts. Moreover, it badly affects a student's confidence and self esteem. An
early detection of such a problem can help eliminate such problems, and help
the students identify a suitable career choice for themselves, early in life.