08-OCT-2018: Dr M J Warsi delivers keynote address at Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, New Delhi
Aligarh, October 8: From physical to academic accessibility, students with disabilities need a well thought-through learning support plan, emphasised Dr M J Warsi, Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), while delivering the keynote address in a three-day National Congress on 'Developing a Model Curriculum on Disability Studies for Higher Education in Indian Universities' organised by the Society for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies, New Delhi at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, New Delhi.
Discussing that all programs in higher academic institutions, must be accessible to students with disabilities; Dr Warsi pointed out that academic institutions can do this by providing the students with disabilities with architectural access to buildings, aids and services necessary for effective communication such as sign language interpreters, Braille or electronic formats, assistive listening devices and by modifying policies, practices and procedures.
"Accommodations and program modifications should be designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities," said Dr Warsi.
He spoke extensively about facilities for students with disabilities provided by AMU with special reference to Ahmadi School for Visually Challenged. The Ahmadi School has intensive, disability-specific educational services to students who have primary learning needs related to their visual impairment, said Dr Warsi.
Giving examples of USA based universities and schools, Dr Warsi said that all American universities and schools have special provisions for students with disabilities such as physical access to buildings, transportation, housing, and other facilities. "US universities provide reasonable accommodations and services to students with disabilities," he said pointing out that special classes, tests, and school-sponsored activities are also organised.
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