Are children suffering from disability kept away from mainstream education? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Access to education is the greatest challenge for specially-abled children. Lack of general awareness amongst parents and educators alike is one of the factors that hinders their academic growth. Parents of other children are not always in favour of their children studying with special children in the same class. They are thus shepherded off to special schools and hardly manage to get admission in mainstream schools.
According to the 2011 Census, there were almost 27 million people in India living with a disability – an increase of 22.4 percent between 2001 and 2011. For a population of this size, a minimum of 15 lakh special educators is required to address their needs in the true sense. Their education should be directed towards their employability in future; hence there is a crucial need to inculcate in them the required skills and knowledge.