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Disability sensitisation course introduced at St Mira’s College in Pune

The department of psychology of the college will be hosting the classes for the course along with Ekansh’s team of experts.

pune Updated: Jun 19, 2018 16:48 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The 6-week course, will be covering topics like types of disabilities, early intervention, accessibility, advocacy and research. (HT REPRESENTATIONAL PHOTO )

In order to give a new meaning to the word ‘disability’ by empowering it through sensitisation, Ekansh Trust, a non-governmental organisation, in association with St Mira’s College for Girls, has announced the introduction of a new certificate course on Monday. The course will concentrate on sensitising youth about accessibility. The department of psychology of the college will be hosting the classes for the course along with Ekansh’s team of experts. The organisation has been working towards the development and empowerment of the disabled.

This will be a basic introductory course for students, who are seeking or pursuing careers in various disciplines, including management, social work, mass communication, administrative services, social sciences, psychology and more.

“Accessibility, is not only physical but also mental and attitudinal for which proper awareness and sensitisation is very important. We wanted to expand the purview of our study around mental health, to sensitisation towards individuals with either physical or psychological limitations. Awareness about the same, is the key to making the world inclusive and accessible for all,” said Prof Jaya Rajagopalan, head of the Department of Psychology. The certificate course in disability - awareness and inclusion, is part of the centenary year celebrations of the spiritual guru, Dada JP Vaswani.

The 6-week course, will be covering topics like types of disabilities, early intervention, accessibility, advocacy and research. Scheduled to commence from July 12, the course is open for all individuals who have passed Class 12 exams from any stream, with a minimum percentage of 60%.

Founder of the Ekansh trust, Anita Iyer added, that the initiative is to make sure that the acknowledgment of a disability is out of empathy and sensitivity, not a mere ‘tick on the box’. “College students are easier to be taught and sensitised than professionals and so we are starting with them. Also, this can work as an additional qualification while applying for jobs where it can allow them to support the cause,” she said.

“Although we are beginning by opening it to our students so that as young psychologists and counsellors, they are aware of the nuances of disabilities and the ways to address it. This sort of a course is not only beneficial for students, but also for professionals from different sectors like law, HR, policy making, etc as well as parents,” added Rajagopalan.

First Published: Jun 19, 2018 16:47 IST