School for Special NeedsVydehi School for Special Needs aims to provide holistic education for children with disability between the ages of 5 to 15 yrs. The project became functional from February 1, 2008 with twelve students with different disabilities such as cerebral palsy (CP), autism, mental retardation and multiple disabilities. All the teaching staff members are trained special educators who are recognized by the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI). Special schools make special educational provision for students with different educational needs. Broadly speaking, special schools have the same duties and responsibilities as other schools. They must apply the curriculum and carry out its assessment procedures. The school also has the same duties in relation to child protection, non-discrimination, equality and so on. What makes this school different is that all the students will have an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP).
The IEP focuses on upgrading the skills present in the student and also targets the learning of new skills that would help the student maximize his or her ability. The IEP mainly focuses on motor skill, communication, social skill, cognitive, self-help skill and play. The goals prepared are reviewed quarterly and changes are made according to the students’ requirement. The school has a lower teacher/ student ratio and a broader rang e of other practitioners from the rehabilitation center – psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and yoga therapists – support staff and volunteers to help meet the individual needs of the students. Presently, there are three groups in the school and each group has a student / teacher ratio of 4:1. This helps in keeping the classroom bonded to the teacher and every student receives individual attention.