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Disability Inclusion in Social Work Education

Participants of the national consultation on inclusive social work education poses for a group photo
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The national consultation on "Inclusive Social Work Education in India" brought together faculties from the Departments of Social Work from 16 Open Universities in India.

CBM is working with some of the leading universities in India to promote courses on disability as a part of their open and distant learning programs. It is an effort to make way for disability inclusive development programs in future by creating awareness among today's youth.

Incorporation of disability studies in higher education is significant in bringing forth an inclusive society. CBM believes that creating awareness among the upcoming social work professionals on the needs of persons with disabilities can lead to development projects that are inclusive of persons with disabilities.
 
CBM joined hands with the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in 2016, five years after we first began advocating for the addition of disability studies in Social Work curriculum. IGNOU had established the School of Social Work in the year of 2007 with an aim to provide quality education in the areas of social work and family and tribal studies. With quality and self-instructional study materials, IGNOU made the School of Social Work available to students from all parts of the country. With over 10,000 students enrolled for Bachelors and Master’s degree courses on Social Work each year, the partnership with IGNOU has been significant for CBM in creating large scale awareness on disability and inclusion.
 
In addition to courses on disability, CBM also advocates for the placement of social work students in organizations working for persons with disabilities. A hands-on experience as a part of their degree courses will also add to their awareness on disability and the importance of inclusion.
 
With an aim to get more universities to offer courses on disability as a part of their open and distant learning programs, CBM held a national consultation on ‘Inclusive Social Work Education in India – Understanding Disability and Social Work’ in Delhi recently. First of its kind in India, the meeting brought together faculties from the Departments of Social Work from 16 Open Universities for discussions on including a course on disability in their Social Work curriculums.
 
After two fruitful days of deliberations, the participants agreed to include paper on disability in the Social Work curriculum. CBM is following up regarding the processes to make it a reality. 
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Winning combination of cricket and inclusion

Message by India’s T20 Blind Cricket Team on celebrating CBM India’s winning combination of cricket and inclusion.

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Why Vidya must go to school

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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