Hi all, I am Krupa Venkataraman. Just to give you a brief background about myself. I work as a speech therapist in Chennai. I did my Bachelors and masters in Audiology and speech language pathology from Sri Ramachandra Medical University Chennai. I am a gold medalist and now run my private speech therapy clinic.
After my education I started my private Speech therapy clinic and that is when I started interacting with children I call them 'special'.
All of my patients are young children/toddlers many who have difficulty in developing communication during their early development years.Some are born as Special Children and others fall under Autism spectrum disorder. It is very heart breaking to see these children struggling to learn,communicate and carry on their day to day activities. Equally paining to see their parents.
I was brought up by the sanyasins of Ramakrishna Mutt from the childhood who cultivated the thoughts of tolerance, dharma and sacrifice. The current education system doesn't allow us to tolerate the inequalities in nature or reality. Those children with special needs are not who needs to be segregated and seen as a victim of bad karma, rather they must be included and accepted with the fact that they are here to wipe of all their karmas at one stroke with a great self realization which the general typically developed individual would not have. The basic point of inclusion is the education centre or school.
The previous Gurukula system would equip every child in his best talent having exposed to many arts and scriptures. The recent education system fails exposure and shows intolerance to any and every children who express even minimal limitations.
To eradicate theses inequalities and go back to our original culture of inclusion I would want to start an inclusive school which has smarter aspects of recent trends and which also provides choice making for the child without stressing him to attain knowledge.
I have been deliberating this thought for a long time, but having come from a middle class family, could not arrange for sufficient funds. The total cost for initial setup is 10 lakhs. Request your timely support.