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Computer lab for children with disabilities - Press release

Shillong, 3 May 2016: Governor of Meghalaya V Shanmuganathan today inaugurated an accessible computer lab in Ri-Bhoi District, Meghalaya, for empowering children with disabilities to access digital learning and enhance their computer skills with digital assistive technology.

CBM India Trust has supported the setting up of the computer lab with its partner Ferrando Speech and Hearing Centre. Access to computers and information technology is an effective way to not only bridge the gap in school learning through technology but also gain vital marketable skills to enhance employability.

In his inaugural address, the Honourable Governor expressed his happiness at the launch and called upon CBM and Ferrando Speech and Hearing Center to work towards making the center one of the best resources for children with disabilities in the North East regions.

“Make the center a special one in the entire region… I as a Governor of the state will always be ready to support this and other such initiatives for inclusive education of people with disabilities,” he added. 

“The computer lab will address a much felt need for digital inclusion by the children with disabilities studying in our schools and also those we reach out to in the community,” said Sr. Bindu Thomas in charge of the project at the Centre. 

“Accessible digital technology is crucial for enabling children with disabilities to access education and connect to the world,” said Aparajita Dhar, Programme Director, CBM India, in a message for the launch.

The Centre reaches out to hearing impaired children especially in the North East Region. Children from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Nagaland will benefit from the CBM supported computer lab.

The inauguration ceremony saw a number of activities by children from the Centre.

Note for editors:

The use of accessible and assistive technology improves the quality of life of persons and children with disabilities by increasing access to school, employment, community activities and other services. 

Persons with disabilities use assistive technology - any item or piece of equipment - to increase, maintain or improve access to school, work, at home and in the community. Assistive technology ranges from low- to high- tech devices or equipment. Low-tech devices or equipment do not require much training, may be less expensive and do not have complex or mechanical features, such as large print text and canes or walkers.

About include vidya campaign

It is a CBM-supported campaign for the inclusion of children with disabilities in education in India aims to highlight the profound challenges faced by children with disabilities in realizing their right to education. By raising awareness and visibility for the educational needs of children with disabilities, the campaign aspires to influence governments and policy makers to make greater commitments towards inclusive education. Tackling the challenges, and severe discrimination, faced by children with disabilities, is a matter of urgency.

The campaign complements the government’s flagship programme – Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA), to achieve its goal of ‘Education for All.’ Children with disability should have equal rights to access education. This goes beyond enrolment to active learning. Participation in the classroom as well as playing fields and other extra-curricular activities.
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Winning combination of cricket and inclusion

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We all feel very strongly about the need of education for enabling children to find opportunities and addressing development challenges of the country


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