INCLUDING DISABILITY IN THE MAINSTREAM EDUCATION

Shrabanti Sen

Abstract


When we decide to become teachers and pursue our profession we all think of being perfect at it. Once we join any particular school and start taking classes; is when we realize that all children are not same. Every child in the classroom has varied and different needs. This is the time when we feel our job is difficult and it is impossible to cater to the needs of every child separately.  The journey of becoming a teacher to a regular classroom make us have a different outlook about teaching. One thing in this perspective becomes very important that the role of the teacher is the epitome of kindness and Congeniality. Therefore, when we indulge ourselves in a respectable profession like teaching we must also inculcate in us some values which would make us feel that ‘Nothing is Impossible’. It is our duty to teach pupil with diversity. Any child in the class is our responsibility and we must ensure the development of the child by making a separate way of teaching for them. To teach and to cater to individual needs one must not follow any rule or strict strategy it can be anything and anyway whatever facilitates the child. The term ‘disability’ has been misunderstood by many. Any ‘disability’ is not necessarily always physical or intellectual. It can be the mindset that leads to disability of the mind and the most dangerous of all disabilities is the mental block that community and society practice towards the people with different needs. This is not at all true that the people with different needs have no ability at all and would never contribute anything to the society. Rather every person has his/her own set of abilities and disabilities. We all have our own drawbacks and limitations which makes even simpler activities difficult for us. Therefore every person is differently-able and this reality must be accepted with open heart and mind. Our Government and the United Nations Organization too have taken multiple initiative to make Inclusion a reality therefore as teachers and school administration is becomes our primary duty to impart education to all with or without any difficulty. Any education and school can be successful only if it inculcates high moral values in pupils. Inclusion can become a reality only if our society has an open mindset and outlook towards people with different needs.  

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