By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 26 Nov: A 2 day ‘Continuing Rehabilitation in Education’ (CRE) Programme was held at Raphael Centre on 21 and 22 November. This is in fulfilment of the requirements for special educators working in the field of disability, to upgrade their skills and to renew their registration with RCI every 5 years. The programme was attended by 30 special educators, representing NGOs working in the field of disability from Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Saharanpur. The Keynote Speaker, CEO of Raphael Priyo Lall spoke about how experiences help children to form concepts and the importance of talking, playing and reading with the child from an early age. Manju Singhania, Founder Director of Joy of Learning, talked about stages of reading development and factors that promote reading skills. She emphasised the role of experiences and familiarising with books and stories on reading skills. Nirmala Rawat from Latika Roy Foundation discussed activities and teaching-learning material to develop writing skills. She also discussed the developmental ages for acquiring pre-writing skills and early signs indicating problems with writing. The second day started with a discussion on ‘The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2016’ by Rizwan Ali, and the POCSO Act. Sabah Saeed made a presentation on Pre-maths concepts. She explained the pre-requisites for the development of mathematical concepts and their importance in daily life. Dr Harish Maikhuri spoke on the causes, symptoms, risk factors and treatment of HIV-AIDS. The day ended with group presentations by the participants and distribution of certificates.