A mobile van has been made available in Chandigarh to provide home based education to disabled children. UT administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki announced the same on Thursday and flagged off the van for the benefit of disabled children.
The van will be working for around six days in a week. There will also be a physiotherapist and an educator available for the children. The van is named as the Kalam Express.
This is a very positive initiative which is taken by the government. The initiative will benefit all those students who are not able to travel and attend classes. They all will be a part of the home based education facility and they will also be provided with all the facilities and support required like that of the therapies remediation and rehabilitation services. This Kalam Express will help all the students living in slums, rural, peripheral and rehabilitation colonies.
The Kalam Express will also have an LCD screen, a visual projector, books and toys, said the Deputy commissioner and Chairman of Indian Red Cross Society, Chandigarh, Ajit Balaji Joshi.
Dr. Fareja Patel, who is the incharge and the mentor said, “We have detected around 193 children with severe disabilities like autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities in UT Chandigarh areas.” She further added, “Kalam Express van will reach a child twice a week and more mobile units of this kind will be provided in the near future to impart such services for these children.”
The timings for the Kalam Express are 9 am to 4 pm from Monday to Saturday. An educator and a physiotherapist has been separately appointed for the all those children with multiple disabilities. The Kalam Express will be available in the areas like Maloya, Dhanas, Manimajra, Mauli Jagran and Bapu Dham.