OBJECTIVES OF THE DEPARTMENT
- To equip the students with knowledge and skills to become effective Special Educators, Vocational Officers, Vocational Counsellors, Vocational Supervisors, Employment and Placement Officers.
- To develop managerial abilities to enable students to manage programmes for the disabled.
- To acquaint the students with knowledge and skills regarding intervention and medical, social, educational and vocational rehabilitation of Visually Impaired, Hearing Impaired, Intellectually Challenged, Locomotor disabled, ADHD, Children with Autism and Learning Disabled
- To impart knowledge regarding the misconceptiJOB PLACEMENT CELLons, facts, psychological and sociological implications of persons with Special Needs.
- To give an insight regarding the normal course of development thus enabling students to understand the developmental lag in the disabled.
- To acquaint the students regarding the preventive aspects of disabilities.
- To create an interest and awareness regarding the disability in the students.
- To equip students with appropriate skills to become low vision consultants, rehabilitation social workers and rehabilitation counsellors.
- To enable students to become efficient project managers and programme co-ordinators in rehabilitation.
- To make the youth realize the magnitude of the problem of disability and understand the human resources available.
- To provide knowledge of the causes of disability, methods of prevention, medical, educational, social and vocational rehabilitation measures available to the disabled.
- To bring about an understanding of the abilities and limitations of each type of disability.
- To build competence to devise programmes this will bring out the best from the disabled persons.
- 1983 : B.R.Sc. UG Programme Started
- 1986 : M.R.Sc. PG Programme started with option of Visual and Hearing Impairment Specialization
- 1987 – 1990 PGDRM
- 1987 – 1997 2 year Associate Degree in Special Education (A.S.Ed) affiliated to Bharathidasan University was started.
- 1990 : Integrated M.R.Sc (5 yrs) (HI &VI/MR) – M.R.Sc (MR)
- 1995 : The M.R.Sc integrated course was restructured to 3 year B.R.Sc and 2 year M.R.Sc course as per the RCI requisition
- 1997 : 2005 Diploma in Preschool Education
- 1997 : Integrated M.R.Sc Restructured to B.R.Sc. (3 yrs) & M.R.Sc. (2 yrs), RCI recognition for B.R.Sc with four majors – Visual Impairment, Hearing Impairment, Mental Retardation & Locomotor Disability Approved by RCI to conduct National Bridge Courses in the field of V.I, H.I & M.R
- 1997 : Holy Cross Blossoms Opportunity School for Special Children was established
- 1998 : RCI National Bridge Course
- 2000 : 2002 DSE (MR) (1st yr) Started
- 2000 PhD Programme started
- 2001 BEd (SE-DE)-MPBOU
- 2001 RCI -CRE Programme
- 2003 DSE (MR) (2yrs)
- 2005 Foundation Course on Disability – Distance Education
- 2006 : International Conference
- 2008 Training Programme Community Based Rehabilitation for Multipurpose Rehabilitation Workers of Pudukottai District
- 2008 Master Level Training Programme for Trainer of the Trainees (TOTs), District Disability Rehabilitation Office (DDRO), Pudukottai
- 2007 : Holy Cross Rainbow Therapeutic Unit was established to Commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the Department.
- 2008 International Conference
- 2009 B.Ed (SE-DE)-TNOU
- 2010 International Conference
- 2011 Foundation Course on Education of Children with Disabilities (FCED) Programme offered in collaboration with National Centre for Disability Studies (NCDS), IGNOU, and the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI)
- 2012 International short term course on LOW VISION sponsored by Christofel Blinden Mission
- DSE (MR)- NIMH International Workshop on Audiology and Rehabilitation (IWAR)
FORMER HEADS OF THE DEPARTMENTS WITH PHOTOS
HODs down the years
|1983 – 1987||Dr. Jean Rice Kenmore|
|1987-||Ms. Pamela Amber|
|1987 – 1995||Mr. Prabakar Immanuel|
|1995 – 2009||Dr. Sr. Maria Kamalam|
|2009 – 2010||Dr. Sheila Christopher|
|2010 – 2011||Dr. Kanagala Uma|
|2011 – 2014||Dr. Joicey P. Manickam|
|2014 – 2017||Dr. P. Nagalakshmi|
DETAILS OF FACULTY
Name of Faculty
|Dr. Sheila Christopher||M.A.,(S.W.), Ph.D.,||Associate Professor|
|Dr. Kanagala Uma||M.Sc., Ph.D.,||Associate Professor|
|Dr. Joicey P. Manickam||M.R.Sc., with SLET. Ph.D.||Associate Professor|
|Dr. P. Nagalakshmi||M.R.Sc., B.M.S., Ph.D.,||Associate Professor|
|Dr. P. Swarnakumari||M.R.Sc., with SLET Ph.D.,||Associate Professor|
|Dr. A. Turin Martina||M.R.Sc., with SLET Ph.D.||Associate Professor|
|Dr. Sr. Lourdu Mary||M.R.Sc. Ph.D.||Asst. Prof.|
|Ms. R. Leema Suganya||M.R.Sc., P.G.D.C.A., M.Sc., (Psy.) (Ph.D)||Asst. Prof.|
|Ms. Angel Selvaraj||M.R.Sc., M.Sc., (Psy.) (Ph.D).||Asst. Prof.|
|Ms. K. Shrimathi||M.R.Sc., B.Ed (MR)||Asst. Prof.|
|Mrs. Sasikala||M.R.Sc., (Ph.D)||Asst. Prof.|
DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES 2013 – 2014
|S. No.||SEMINAR / WORKSHOP / CONFERENCE,PROGRAMMES CONDUCTED||DATE|
|1.||An Interactive Session with Children of Early Intervention Programme||9th July 2013|
|2.||A session on Opportunities Overseas for Rehab Students||10th July 2013|
|3.||Workshop on Sensory Integration||12 & 13 July 2013|
|4.||Workshop on Soft Skills training III B.R.Sc., I & II M.R.Sc.||5th August
|5.||Workshop on Soft Skills training – I & II B.R.Sc., I & DSE (MR)||27th August 2013|
|6.||Screening Programme in Primary Schools and Villages in and around Trichy District.||August â€“ September 2013|
|7.||Seminar on Food Habits, Nutrition and Feeding of Children with Severe Disabilities.||16th August 2013|
|8.||CRE Program on Inclusive Education for persons with Disabilities in collaboration with NIEPMD||19th -23rd August 2013|
|9.||Discussion on Best Practices in Special Education||30.08.2013|
|10.||Workshop on Community Coaches Training Program by SPECIAL OLYMPICS BHARATH.||11.9.2013|
|11.||Workshop on Educational Intervention for children with mental retardation||12.9.2013|
|12.||District Level Sports Meet For the Differently Abled—HORIZON 2013 (Sky is the limit)||4.10.2013|
|13.||ONE DAY WORKSHOP ON SPEECH AND COMMUNICATION||30.09.2013|
|14.||ONE DAY WORKSHOP ON WRITING PROJECT PROPOSALS||01.10.2013|
|15.||Commemorating World AIDS day- One Day Workshop||29 Nov. 2013|
|16.||International Workshop on Audiology and Rehabilitation (IWAR 2013)||11-13 Dec. 2013|
|17.||One day workshop on Career choices and job opportunities for differently abled in higher education||9th December 2013|
|18.||International Short Term Course on Low Vision management||16-01.2014 to 20.01.2014|
DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES 2014 – 2015
|S. No.||SEMINAR / WORKSHOP / CONFERENCE,PROGRAMMES CONDUCTED||DATE|
|1||Refresher Course for Special Educators on Current Practices and Intervention for Children with special Needs||11.07.2014|
|2||School screening camp ( to identify children with disabilities)||07.07.2014,
|3||Rehab Association Inauguration||23.07.2014|
|4||Mobility and orientation training for Rehab students|
|5||Rehab Wings Inauguration Buddy club|
|6||Soft skills training|
|7||seminar on Cochlear Implants – for the Rehab students and BASLP students|
EXTENSION, EXTRA-CURRICULAR AND CO-CURRICULAR ACHIEVEMENTS
WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS
- Attending workshops and seminars by faculty and students form an integral part of the curriculum.
- Eminent professionals from various fields serve as resource persons.
- Staff and students are acquainted with new trends, developments and emerging issues in the education and rehabilitation of the disabled.
- Faculty and students participate and present papers in conferences at the State, National and International level.
VISITS AND EDUCATIONAL TOURS
- Regular field visits and educational tours are an annual feature of the department.
- These aim at providing an enriching experience about the different methodologies and approaches followed in educating and rehabilitating persons with disability in different institutions in India.
- Need based community camps are organized for students.
- These camps aim at creating awareness, prevention, identification, education, and rehabilitation and referral services for the disabled.
- Special features of these camps are screening, health education through puppet shows, street plays, shadow plays, exhibition and cultural exchange.
- Need based school screening to identify children with special needs.
- The association organizes a broad range of programmes and competitions to cater to the academic interest of students through special lecturers and symposiums.
- It provides opportunities to students to develop their skills and talents through extracurricular activities.
EDU-TECH ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY LAB
- Reader Service
- Scribe Assistance
- Braille Literature
- Loan Books
- Talking books
- Talking book Library
- Computer assisted learning
- Disability identity card
- Distribution of aids and appliances
Exclusively for persons with disability
- Screening and identification
- Home & Community based training (case management, supported home living)
- Preparing talking books, Reader & Scribe service
- Speech correction and training
- Parental counselling and education
- Referral and follow up
For the NGO’S
- Conduct awareness campaigns
- Undertake survey/screening camps/mini research study
- Train children with disabilities to compete in contests
- Organize various programmes and competitions
- Volunteer as reporters, interpreters & programme organizers for workshops, evaluation and meetings
Institute’s special awards and merit certificates for the “Best Rehab Wings Volunteers”
ADVISOR ADVISEE SYSTEM:
- Each staff is allotted about 15 students from the various classes whose academic and personal details are maintained.
- Advisors concentrate on academic improvement of the advisees, counseling for personal problems and overall development of students.
- Annually Parent-Teacher Meet is conducted to appraise the parents of various departmental activities and also to keep them informed about the progress of their wards. Parent’s feedback and suggestions are incorporated in the curriculum.
- Parents of disabled children are regularly counselled by the faculty and referred to appropriate agencies.
- Through parent to parent counselling experienced parents / mentor parents help and counsel to guide parents who are newly facing the challenges with their disabled child. A database has been developed in the department where interested and committed mentor parents have registered voluntarily to help in mutual counselling and offer support to such parents. Training for willing mentor parents is given and later they are monitored through Rehab Wings volunteers.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (RICE)
- The ex-rehabians are extended a cordial welcome to meet, interact and share views and opinions every year on the 2nd Saturday of February during the Rehab Day Celebrations.
- This association aims at bringing in innovative and constructive changes in the department.
STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMME
- Students are assisted in their placement in institutions abroad.
- Students from Hog school, Zuyd University, The Netherlands were placed in the department for varying periods of time since 2006 onwards.
JOB PLACEMENT CELL
- On request from Institutions, candidates enrolled in the JPC are referred based on their skills, aptitude & requirement.
- Annual Campus interviews.
- Students are absorbed for jobs during their block placement
EARN WHILE YOU LEARN (EWYL)
- This programme is for the benefit of students who wish to earn while they learn.
This unique opportunity is provided to students of the department to serve the dual purpose of exposure to practical work and ensuring financial rewards for the same by reaching to the clients in their homes.
HOLY CROSS BLOSSOMS OPPORTUNITY SCHOOL FOR SPECIAL CHILDREN
- Established in 1997 & relocated to the new building in 2003
- Caters to special children in the age group of 3 to 18 years with a team of 4 teachers & a placement Officer
- Student strength has grown from 18 to 85 & 4 students have been integrated in five years
- Major emphasis on varied therapies for overall development of the child
- Arranges exploratory visits every week
- Organizes regular workshops for parents & children
- Provides educational & therapeutic intervention for 50 special children through CBR
INTEGRATED EDUCATION PROGRAM (I.ED.)
|1||2006-2007||Provided 100 talking books for visually challenged children studying in various schools.|
|2||2006-2007||Ms. Renuka Devi, Visually Impaired student scored 445/500 in her SSLC public examination and stood third in her school.Master Venkatesh, a visually impaired student was able to recite 500 Thirukural in 15 minutes.|
|3||2007-2008||Three disabled students passed the SSLC Public Examination.
Ms. Renuka Devi took part in “Sepugga Senthamil” FM programme and won sovereign gold coin along with a cash award.
RAINBOW THERAPEUTIC UNIT
Rainbow Therapeutic Unit was informally functioning from June 2007 onwards it was formally inaugurated on 9 July 2008 at Department of Rehabilitation Science as Holy Cross Rainbow Therapeutic Unit to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the Department.
- Edu-Tech. Lab
- Speech Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Water Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Diagnostic and Assessment Unit
- Early Intervention is provided for 25 special children
JANANAM – CENTRE FOR VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR THE DIFFERENTLY ABLED
In collaboration with Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod and Urumu Dhanalakshmi Seshadri Charitable Trust.
It caters to mentally retarded children offering vocational training such as :
- Jewel making,
- Chalk piece making,
- Typing and
- Open schooling
|Year||Number of beneficiaries|
The department through District Employment Exchange and District Disability Rehabilitation Office is involved in sourcing employment for persons with special needs in government and non-government sectors.
|Job fair||Number of persons attended||Number of persons selected|
PUBLIC RELATION ANIMATION TEAM (PRAT)
This team comprising of volunteers aims to create public awareness regarding disability in schools and colleges in and around Trichy in collaboration with all clubs, hospitals and voluntary organizations through various forms of media like radio, TV, journals, magazines, street plays, puppet shows and periodical seminars on disability and activities of the department.
COMMUNITY BASED REHABILITATION
- CBR the extension activity is specially meant for poor people and disabled who are in the slum areas such us Pallivasal, Valluver Nagar, Andakondan, Jeeva Nagar.
- 50 students benefit through this programme
- The special motto is to improve their education and socialization.
- To induce the feeling of self confidence and self reliability
- To develop motor skills through therapy such as physiotherapy, speech therapy, music, play, and communication.
- To improve the children in Arts and Crafts.
- To give proper guidance for their good future
- BUDDY CLUB
- SIB CLUB
Results & Ranks- for the last 5 years
|PERCENTAGE OF PASSES|
AWARDS – Number of Certificates Received by Students for extracurricular activities
|S.NO.||YEAR||NO. OF STUDENTS|
JOB PLACEMENT CELL
DEPARTMENT JOURNAL / MAGAZINE / NEWSLETTER
1997 – onwards – Echo – Newsletter
- Echo is an annual newsletter of the department. In house activities, out-reach programmes, achievements of the department, future plans and programmes are the main features of the newsletter.
INNOVATIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS
- Lab work, Educational visits, Use of audio visual aids, ICT, e-content, Innovative assignments, Poster presentation, Seminar, Preparation of CD/books, Braille material
- High achievers – Extra credits, Paper and Poster Presentation in Conferences and Seminars.
- Low achievers – Remedial Coaching
- Mind map
- role playing and scenario analysis based teaching
MAJOR / MINOR PROJECTS SANCTIONED TO THE DEPARTMENT/INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIVE PROJECT
PROJECTS – MAJOR / MINOR
- UGC MAJOR PROJECT
Higher Education for Persons with Special Needs (HEPSN)
June 2004 – May 2009
- Facilitate admission in higher education.
- Provide special equipments to augment educational services
- Provide guidance and counselling
- Create awareness
- UGC MAJOR PROJECT
The Effectiveness of Adaptive Academic Approach on Primary School Children with ADHD
January 2005 – December 2007
- Identifying and monitoring pupils with ADHD in their regular schools
- Increase staff awareness
- Help minimize the detrimental effects of the condition
- Improve the academic outcome of children with ADHD through
- Individual Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Family Therapy
- DST MAJOR PROJECT
Design of Integrated Technology model for efficient management of Bio resources to improve socio-economic and ecological condition of 15 villages in Trichy District.
- Survey collection on first cluster of villages of Azhagiyamanavalam Panchayat.
- The cost effective construction model of biogas plant.
- Link with NARDEP, DRDA, and Centre for Appropriate technology, MCRC and other organizations and negotiations were made for the construction of the model in the village.
- Awareness programme in mass level on “Biogas – Uses and importance”.
- Model construction with noon meal centre and household and the link between vermicompost and kitchen garden will be demonstrated along with the construction.
- UGC MINOR PROJECT
Early Identification and Therapeutic Intervention of Developmentally Delayed and At-Risk Infants
- Training of health workers and nurses on early identification and intervention and
- Emphasis on the maintenance of at-risk register
- Data on the number of deliveries conducted the nature of deliveries and the risk-born infants in the targeted PHC’s and hospitals.
- Mother’s training programmes to sensitize and orient them on enrichment approaches in early childhood education and therapeutic intervention.
- Effort to minimize the risk of potential delays and ensure that their precious little special child would grow and enjoy life as close as possible to normalcy.
- UGC MINOR PROJECT
“Communication through Cue Cards for Children with Autism”
- A detailed vocabulary checklist in English and Tamil was collected from 5 special schools catering to children with Autism.
- Preparation of cue cards or picture cards.
- 250 pictures were printed to make a collection of cue cards based on the vocabulary of children with Autism.
- A flannelled communication board was prepared to conduct the research in the next year.
No. of research projects carried out in the last 3 years:
|S.No.||Name of the Investigator||Title of the Major Project and Duration||Amount Sanctioned||Funding Agency||Year|
MAJOR RESEARCH PROJECTS (2010 – 2013)
|1.||Dr. (Sr.) Maria Kamalam||Higher Education for Persons with Special Needs)||8,38,000||UGC||2004 – 2009
Continued in 2010
|2.||Dr.(Sr.) Maria Kamalam,
Dr. Finita Roy
|The Effectiveness of Adaptive Academic Approach on Primary School Children with ADHD
|UGC||2005 – 2007
|2.||Dr. (Sr.) Maria Kamalam
Dr. Catharin Sara .S
|Design of Integrated Technology model for efficient management of Bio resources to improve socio-economic and ecological condition of 15 villages in Trichy District.||5,25,000||DST||2008 – 2011|
|3.||Dr. A.Turin Martina||Identification and intervention of children with learning
Disabilities in regular schools.
|7,76,000||UGC||2012 – 2015|
MINOR RESEARCH PROJECTS (2010 â€“ 2013)
|4.||Dr. Sheila Christopher||“Communication through Cue Cards for Children with Autism”
|Dr. P. Swarnakumari||Early Identification and Therapeutic Intervention of Developmentally Delayed and At-Risk Infants||55,000||UGC||
|5.||Dr. Joicey P. Manickam||Development of ICT for Visually Impaired||1,10,000||UGC||2012 – 2014|
|6.||Dr. P. Swarnakumari||Educational Intervention and Social Integration of AIDS Orphans and Vulnerable Children||80,000||UGC||2012 – 2014|
|No. of staff guiding||Scholars produced||Pursuing|
Tie-Ups and Networking with Educational Institutions
- The department entered into an understanding with international agencies to utilize the expertise of professionals, to conduct regular international courses, to enable staff and student exchange programmes and to strengthen research initiatives. The department collaborates with 50 national and international institutions.
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU)
|3.||Nanjing Technical College of Special Education Nanjing City of Jiangsu Province,
People’s Republic of China (PRC).
|4.||Keneddy Wills Centre On Down Syndrome at Pathfinder Village, New York, USA||2008|
|5.||Hogeschool Zyud University, The Netherlands||2007|
|6.||Viataal International, The Netherlands||2006|
|7.||Institute of Voor Doven, Sint Michelsgestel, The Netherlands||2004|
- ADVISOR ADVISEE SYSTEM
- STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMME
- EARN WHILE YOU LEARN (EWYL)
INTENSIVE INTERNSHIP (On-the-job training)
- The students will be placed in various institutes serving the disabled in and out of TamilNadu. Visual Impairment, Hearing Impairment, Mentally Retarded and Locomotor Disabled, Autism and ADHD, and Project Management.
- The M.R.Sc. students will undergo internship for one month in each semester for a total of 100 marks (25 x 4 months, 5 credits).
- Each staff member will be allotted 2 – 3 students for whom they will be faculty supervisors and guide them to fulfill the field work criteria.
- The students will be given guidance, instruction and will be evaluated by both the faculty supervisor (staff of the department) and by the agency supervisor based on the criteria set by the PG and Research Department of Rehabilitation Science.
- At the end of the internship the student will be required to appear for a vivavoce by an internal examiner where the candidate will be assessed and evaluated for work efficiency, skills acquired during the internship.
- At the end of the fourth semester the student will be required to appear for a vivavoce by an external examiner where the candidate will be assessed and evaluated for work efficiency, skills acquired during the internship.
- A candidate failing to secure the prescribed passing minimum (50/100 -ie.50%)) shall be required to undergo her internship again.
- The students will be placed in various institutes catering to the disabled in and out of Trichy District, viz. Visual Impairment, Hearing Impairment, Mental Retardation and Locomotor Disability.
- The students will undergo field work training at the end of the II and IV semesters.
II Semester. 15th May to June 15th (1 Month)
IV Semester. 15th May to June 15th (1Month)
- Each staff member will be allotted 3. 4 student for whom they will be faculty Supervisors and guide them to fulfill the field work criteria.
- The students will be given guidance, Instruction and will be evaluated by both the faculty supervisor (staff of the department) and by the agency supervisor based on the criteria set by the Department of Rehabilitation Science.
- Each student will have to report to the agency regularly and submit report regularly and carry out the work expected by the department.
- The student will be required to appear for a viva.voce by an external examiner where the candidate will be assessed and evaluated for work efficiency, skills acquired during the field work training.
- The Field Work carries 200 marks (10 credits).
A candidate failing to secure the prescribed passing minimum (100/200 -ie.50%)) in the field work practicum shall be required to undergo her field work again.
- Bercmans Gunawathy(1983 – 1988)Regional Director for South Asia- SouthCBM SARO(S),#140, Commerce Cube, 2nd Floor 5th Main, Puttanachetty Road Chanrajpet, Bangalore -18 Karnataka
- K. Geetha, Director, Maharishi Vidya Mandir
(Service Centre for the Hearing Impaired), No. 24, Madhavan Salai,K.K. Nagar, Trichy – 620 021.
Mrs. K. Geetha received the State Best Special Teacher in the field of Hearing Impairment on the occasion of the observance of International Day for the Disabled 2009 at Chennai.
- Sachu Ramalingam, Head of Vision Rehabilitation Centre, and Project Coordinator Paediatrics, Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital.New Delhi.She received the 6th NCPEDP-Shell Helen Keller Award at a pre-World Disability Day event and the National Award for the Best Individual working for the cause of Persons with Disabilities
- Latha, Joint Director,SSA – IED, Chennai.
- T.Navis Jai. Chitra RURAL INSTITUTE FOR COMMUNITY EDUCATION
MATHAGONDAPALLI MODEL SCHOOL,Hosur. In the Journal (January 2012) “Num Thozi - Navis” has been recognized as one of the great women achievers.
- Beula Christy, MRSc, PGDGC, B Ed (Spl Ed)
Head, Dr PRK Prasad Centre for Rehabilitation of Blind and Visually Impaired
- L V Prasad Eye Institute Kallam Anji Reddy Campus, L V Prasad Marg, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad 500 034
- Vani Mahadevan W/o, Mr. G. R. Mahadevan, Yahya Enterprises, Post Box No. 286, Muscat Postal Code: 113, Sultanate of Omen.Has received Virmani Award for Education Excellence in the name of team spirit(2010-2011) in the best teacher awards ceremony.
- Mrs. Praveena Carmel