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Creating Awareness
What can you do if you have a student with hearing impairment in your class?
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Such simple guidelines that educate and empower teachers, students, parents and other stake-holders are included in all state school textbooks from class one to eight. This one-page information on different aspects and types of disabilities has been included in 80 million textbooks in Madhya Pradesh and 30 million textbooks in Chhattisgarh.
Children with disabilities require early intervention, which they are largely deprived of, because their caregivers have little or no knowledge about the specific intervention required. This unique campaign by Arushi, in collaboration with the Madhya Pradesh Textbook Corporation, facilitates inclusion.
Since 2005, Arushi has been creating posters to spread awareness about the issues of disability with special focus on inclusion. The captions have been written by the renowned poet, lyricist and film-maker, Shri Gulzar. The children featured on the posters go to mainstream schools, study and play with other children. Zishaan Akbar Latif has brilliantly captured some moments in the daily life of these children.
Many government agencies and private organizations use these posters to garner support for disability-related issues and to spread awareness. Translated into many Indian languages including Urdu, Assamese, Gurmukhi, Bengali and Telugu, the posters elicit tremendous public interest when displayed in exhibitions across the country.
These posters are installed in nine railway stations in the country including the New Delhi Railway and in the Shatabadi Express trains that run between state capitals. Voluntary organizations in the neighbouring countries of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have procured these from Arushi for their use. The Leonard Cheshire Disability, UK is also using the posters in fifty-four countries of the world from where they operate.

Arushi organizes an annual International Film Festival dedicated to Persons with Disabilities. About hundred Indian and international films on disability-related issues are screened across the state – in theatres, schools, colleges and community areas. These are followed by discussions with the audience.
The idea behind this annual event is to create awareness and sensitize people so as to reduce barriers and increase understanding, acceptance, and inclusion of people with disabilities. The film shows also promote positive images of people with disabilities.
Arushi organizes weekly orientation workshops for public functionaries, such as community workers, non-government organizations, teachers, police personnel, industry and museum staff and general public to familiarize them with the specific needs of people with disabilities.
Volunteers trained at Arushi offer sensible and practical suggestions on how to interact more comfortably and confidently with people with disabilities. Arushi also lobbies for physical access for persons with disabilities in public spaces such as cinema halls, schools, banks and museums.
‘Aadhar’ by Arushi is a compilation of entitlements available to students with disabilities who are studying in mainstream schools.
All government departments, both at the state and the central government level, offer various concessions to students with disabilities. The Ministry of Human Resources (Government of India), education departments and examination boards also issue guidelines and orders from time to time to help them. But the beneficiaries, their guardians, teachers and school authorities have little means of accessing the relevant and updated information when required. Aadhar, in the form of a booklet, contains all provisions, schemes, acts, entitlements, facilities and orders useful for students with disabilities.
Arushi runs a Disability Helpline, a toll-free service (1800-233-4397), which receives about a hundred calls daily from all over the country. This service was started by Arushi to provide information on disability-related issues and is supported by the Department of Social Justice, government of Madhya Pradesh.
Often the Helpline team extends its support beyond offering advice on phone and takes up the matter with concerned agencies like schools, colleges and government or private organizations to help resolve the difficulties faced by people with disabilities.
For more than a decade now, Arushi has been facilitating the participation of people with disabilities in elections by helping them exercise their right to vote. People with disabilities often face difficulty in reaching the polling booths. There are many other barriers in the entire process of casting votes. Volunteers from Arushi accompany them to the polling booths and train people who are blind or visually impaired to vote independently.
In 2008, Arushi introduced Braille in electronic voting machines. Bhopal, in a creditable first, is the only city in the country where all 1,150 polling booths in urban areas are Braille-enabled.
Through brochures, posters, hoardings, TV and radio advertisements, Arushi created an awareness campaign for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the census 2011. With support from the State Directorate of Census and Shri Gulzar who has written the messages and lent his voice to a documentary and several TV and radio spots on the issue, Arushi champions this cause.
तुम्हारा हक़ है,
तुम गिनती में आओ
जो भी हो, जैसे भी हो,
"नाम लिखाओ"

- गुलज़ार

To assist teachers in mainstream schools in understanding and helping students who are blind or hearing impaired, Arushi has produced films to train them in Braille and Sign Language. The Rajya Shiksha Kendra supports this initiative.
Documentary films on inclusion, produced by Arushi for the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan are being used to train school teachers. More than 300,000 government school teachers in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have been thus trained.
The main reason cited by schools that deny admission to students with disabilities is the lack of trained staff. To overcome this, Arushi organizes awareness programs for teachers that focus on dispelling myths and misconceptions about disabilities and emphasize the importance of having children with disabilities study in mainstream schools.
Teachers’ experiences with children with disabilities are discussed; experts share tips about dealing with the special needs of these children, and teachers are acquainted with updated teaching methods and precautions they need to take while teaching students with disabilities. Teachers also learn ways of identifying and assessing a child’s problems.
Several teaching aids developed by Arushi are also provided to the teachers, these include charts of alphabets in Devnagari and English along with the corresponding symbols in Braille and sign language; brochures on various kinds of disabilities, which are being used by school teachers.