SHILLONG, Dec 14: Tura will be hosting the North East Regional Parents Meet 2017 on December 15 and 16 to promote the cause of Persons With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
This regional meet of parents will be organized by National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual disability, Secunderabad, and Parivaar - National confederation of Parent Organizations, Pune.
The conference is hosted by Mother’s Union of Tura headed by Balsa B Sangma. More than 150 delegates from all the districts of Meghalaya and neighboring NE states are expected to attend the two days conference. Many dignitaries including former Secretary NE council, Utam Kumar Sangma, the President of Parivaar NCPO, Cdr. Shrirang Bijur, VP Parivaar NE Zone, Nabrun Sengupta who are closely connected with disability sector will grace the occasion and interact with delegates.
Many professionals from NE states are also participating representing academicia, health care and community based rehabilitation.
The conference will have 8 technical sessions where subjects relating to Rights of Persons with disability, Early Intervention services for Children with disability, Inclusive and special education, Skill building, Self Advocacy, Rehabilitation etc will be discussed.
The parents, professionals and government officials will dwell on the government schemes and their effective delivery. Apart from Parents and professionals the conference will have representation of Anganwadi workers from districts, who are the first point of contact when a child with disability is born. Their participation will help in early detection, intervention and parent counselling at the initial stage when it is most effective for the child. Further it will raise awareness and provide guidance regarding type of care, therapy, social inclusion required to be provided by them to enable their child to reach his or her full potential and become a useful member of society.
The National Institute has also arranged to distribute free learning kits for students with disability from low economic background. The conference will also discuss rules required to be formulated by State and provide a draft for making the RPD Act operative in Meghalaya.
The conference will also have open session for consolidating the ideas and recommendations formed during two days conference and take it up with state and central governments for implementation. Parivaar will encourage parents to form Parent group in Meghalaya and become part of Self advocacy movement started by Parivaar. All local parents and persons with disability have been invited to attend the conference.