An Innovative Training Module for Community Workers for Prevention,
           Early Detection of Disabilities and Inclusion of Children with Disabilities
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The website has been developed from funds received from UGC for a MRP project.
MISSION STATEMENT

The mission is to reduce disability and to intervene early to reduce its impact on the developing competencies of the child. The strategy is to develop special protocol and train grassroot worker to do this.

According to WHO, 70% of disabilities can be prevented if proper care is taken during pregnancy, infancy and early childhood. To ensure healthy children, it is important to impart information to families and communities on good infant and mother care practices. If a disability still happens, we should detect it as early in its course as possible. This gives time to the family to initiate early intervention steps so that the further deterioration of the impairment can be averted.

The role that early detection and early intervention can play in stimulating the brain and promoting development is now being proved by research in neurosciences. Early years have a transformational power. Brains are built over time, neural circuits are wired in a bottom-up sequence, and the capacity for change decreases with age. In the first few years of life, our brains are creating 700 new synapses every second!

Once disability has been detected, intervention steps should be initiated. The best intervention is to send all children to an Early Childhood Education centre. The Module presents simple general guidelines for including children with disabilities in an ECE programmes, and hence is an affirmative step towards capacity building of ECE providers towards inclusive ECE.

The idea was to develop a Module for training community child care and health workers on prevention, early detection of childhood disabilities and inclusion of CWD in ECE programmes. The Training Module developed for this purpose is such that it suits the educational, experiential, socio-cultural and linguistic background of the target learner. It is within the learning capacity of the trainees-so all medical terminologies have been avoided and it is pictorially rich. The Module has demystified the knowledge of disabilities and brought it within the reach of semi-literate grassroot worker.

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This website presents the work undertaken by Dr Geeta Chopra, Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Childhood Studies, Institute of Home Economics, Delhi University on developing, field testing and validating a Training Module for Community Workers on Early Detection of Disabilities and Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Education programmes. The work has spanned over 15 years and now is available to all for wider use.

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