What makes your idea unique?
Relatively, there is more funding, awareness and facilities for the Mentally Challenged, Blind and Deaf and Dumb children in India. Till about a few years back, there was hardly any awareness about Autistics and Slow Learners. Even medical practitioners from cities were not able to diagnose ‘Autism’ accurately. Treatment and rehabilitation of these children is far more difficult to achieve.
Slow Learners: Technically children with an IQ between 70 and 90 are slow learners. They may or may not have an associated disability, like speech, perceptual or visual problems. Slow learners are often good at everything except academics, where they are often outpaced by their class or playgroup. They cannot be labeled as mentally retarded, nor can they cope up with normal schooling. Like the shades of colour, black and white, the children of yester year were termed as normal or mentally retarded. However, we forget that there are shades of grey in between.Similarly, there is a group of children who are neither normal nor retarded, i.e. “Slow Learners”.This grey area is today being neglected by society and does not receive the attention and help which is typically extended to groups like mentally retarded,spastics etc. ‘Slow Learner’ is a term used to describe the child whose learning ability in all areas is delayed in comparison with the children of the same chronological age. These children are characterized by the low, normal to borderline intelligence with corresponding slow academic progress. The slow learners are often in need of a modified curriculum and need more individual attention than their non-affected peers. My idea is to educate these children, bring them to normal and integrate them into the regular curriculum through which they can be educated.