Pune to host a workshop for Teachers, Caregivers & Parents of Children with Mental, Developmental and Learning Challenges

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Pune 26 July 2019 : Margika, a Hyderabad-based NGO, in Collaboration with Gokhale Institute of Politics & Economics is conducting a workshop for Teachers, Caregivers & Parents of Children with Mental, Developmental and Learning Challenges on 28 July 2019 from 9 am to 5 pm at Seminar Hall, Gokhale Institute, Off FC Road, Pune.

This workshop seeks to sensitize and equip School Teachers, Parents, Practitioners & Caregivers with tools that enable improved & effective care of children with Special Needs.

Dr Neena Rao, Founder and CEO of Margika said that Children with Mental, Intellectual and Developmental Challenges should get fruitfully involved in the learning process rather than merely be placed in schools and society at large. This workshop is an effort in that direction.

Dr Neena Rao, has been working towards this cause since 2015 and has been training Special Educators, Mainstream School Teachers, Parents and Practitioners across three states; Telangana, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Margika was conceived to address the need of creating awareness, fight the stigma and provide advance knowledge and best practices from the world over, in the field of education and treatment for children who are differently abled.

Dr Neena Rao, added that Margika strives for meaningful assimilation of those afflicted with developmental and mental health challenges into mainstream society and raise the bar from ‘simply surviving to a truly thriving state!’ For this purpose, we collaborate with and draw upon subject expertise and cutting-edge knowledge from the best of

the Universities and Institutions world over for the preparation of the “Training Material & Service Delivery”.

She made special mention of support from University of Florida’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, (CARD) Gainesville, Florida, USA and British Indian Psychiatric Association, BIPA, UK in this regard.

The objectives behind this workshop include Capacity Building and equipping of all stakeholders for better care, Awareness creation among stakeholders, Resources (internal – providing competencies, External – networking with professionals) and Address & Minimize Stigmatisation.

Margika has also embarked on a Drive for screening of school going children for learning disabilities in the state of Gujarat and plans to follow the same in the States of Maharashtra and Telangana.