XRCVC for Inclusion – Students with disabilities
St. Xavier’s College (SXC) has always upheld the ethos of Inclusion. The Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged (XRCVC) – for students with disabilities on campus has always strived to bring in the best inclusive education practices on campus and to be a leader at the national level in the field of inclusion and access for persons with disabilities. XRCVC in sync with the Jesuit ethos of community outreach, research and education-industry linkages has an extensive scope of work.
It has panned across providing inclusive education services to over 110+ in-house students with disabilities each year – across the 21 disability types, training services to persons with disabilities across the country, awareness training for diverse stakeholders, teacher training and inclusive education research. The XRCVC has also been a leading advocate for Inclusion and regularly engages with the government machinery to building systemic level changes for inclusion.
From 2015 to 2020, the XRCVC has reached out to a total of 21913 beneficiaries. Of these 445 are students with disabilities at SXC, 2783 persons with disabilities underwent various training programs at the XRCVC (Non-Xavierites), 15705 persons across various stakeholder groups were approached through our awareness programs, 1279 people attended our ‘reading without seeing’ workshops- a program to help spread awareness on assistive technologies across rural and semi-urban areas. Further 1701 persons underwent various stakeholder training programs for accessible content creation and inclusive education aimed at teachers, special educators, teacher training and people interested in building inclusive education services.
XRCVC through its continuing advocacy, research work and training programmes aims to keep pushing the boundaries of access and inclusion in the country.
RUSA Pilot on Inclusive Higher Education:
The XRCVC was appointed by RUSA as a consultant for its pilot on Inclusive Higher Education. XRCVC conceptualised and implemented the 360 degree approach to Inclusion at SXC and many other colleges. SXC received the Nipman Foundation – Microsoft Equal Opportunity Awards 2018 in the category ‘Enabler – Inclusive Schools’.
Support to Higher Education Institutes and Building an Eco-System:
Research and Resource Building:
Facilitating and Creating Accessible Material for students with Print Disabilities.
In particular, over 2018 to 2020, the inclusion agenda has been expanded further through the building upon the XRCVC trademark awareness concept of Antarchakshu. The XRCVC built the awareness module into an expanded 5 module course that can be delivered within educational institutions. The Course titled Diversity Discourse looks at a wider concept of building diversity and inclusion mind-set amongst its learners. The XRCVC has started offering this course to the Xavier’s Institute of Communication students.
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