MDA offers training classes for disabled kids

By G Srinivasan Published on Nov 10, 2017 06:00 PM IST

Chennai: While subjects like physics teach us formulas to convert negative into positive, are there ways to convert ‘disability’ into ‘ability’ in terms of human aspect?

Yes, the Madras Dyslexia Association (MDA)  functioning at GN Chetty Road at T Nagar in the city for several decades, has taken up the job of training teachers, parents and others to assist and help children with learning difficulties.

MDA is organising one such programme, a 14-week intensive training from 6 November onwards at its training centre in Mahalingapuram, near North Usman Road.

Speaking about this,  Lata Vasanth, one of the co-ordinators said ‘ours is a non-profit organisation working in the field of learning disability for more than two decades. We do assessments, training and have set up resource rooms in schools to help children with learning difficulties,.

MDA also set up resource rooms in various school including the one at Sarada Vidyalaya School, T Nagar.

About the training, Lata said ‘Various kinds of programmes ---  intensive teacher training, weekend, student, parent training and Montessori training --- both part and full time are offered at the centre.

‘These programmes are aimed at helping teachers, parents and other professionals to equip themselves to handle children with difficulties,’ she added.

Briefing about the proposed intensive programme, Lata said  ‘it's for 14 weeks of duration and the participants will be trained to become full fledged special educators and will be put into internship at our learning centre or resource rooms in main stream schools also,.

After the programme, they can work in schools, learning centres or conduct classes at houses to help children with difficulties,’ she added.

To a question about the benefits passed on to the children, Lata replied,"‘These children lack basic learning skills like listening, speaking, reading and writing in their academics.  Our special educators will assess the individual needs of the children in the above skills and provide support and assistance in their improvement."’

"After identifying difficulties and support given through special teaching methods, many children turn out to be good in their academics’," she concluded.

MDA can be reached at 99403 89751, email: [email protected] or web site