Inclusive Education during humanitarian crises: Opportunity for Reforms

The Global Burden of Disease study estimated around 95 million (5.1%) children with disabilities between 0-14 years globally, and 80% of these children are living in low-income and middle-income countries. Majority children with disabilities are deprived of their right to quality, inclusive education due to absence of financial and other incentives to attend school, lack of social protection and support services for children with disabilities and their families. The profound effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the public health as well as socio-economic and cultural systems around the world are well-established by now. The crises such as  pandemics, warfare and natural … Continue reading Inclusive Education during humanitarian crises: Opportunity for Reforms

The COVID-19 lockdown and children with disabilities

Tanmay is a 4 years old boy, living with his parents in one of the underprivileged districts of Maharashtra. Since 2 years when Tanmay was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, his parents have been taking him for speech therapy, occupational therapy and follow up visit to pediatrician clinic. All these services as well as his paediatrician are based in a city that is 160 kms from their place, requiring Tanmay and his father to stay there for a week every month. Apart from this, Tanmay also goes to a pre-primary school near his house. Since the lockdown, all this came … Continue reading The COVID-19 lockdown and children with disabilities

COVID-19 and Caregiving to the Children with Disabilities

Although social distancing is advocated as the best strategy to avoid transmission, it might not be ideal for children and youth requiring therapy or assistance in routine activities.  Due to closure of schools, therapy centres and other care-giving services, these children and young people may experience significant hurdles in the access to clinical services and therapies. Even minor changes in the routine create difficulty in many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Caregivers may not be able to ensure the routine and their preferred activities during the pandemic time. These experiences may also intensify the perception of stigma and discrimination with … Continue reading COVID-19 and Caregiving to the Children with Disabilities