National Seminar on Disabilities - January 17
The HEPSN and NSS wings of Andhra Loyola College organisd an UGC Sponsored National Seminar on ‘Challenges and Opportunities for the Physically Challenged Persons’ (COPCP17) in our College during January 4 & 5, 2017. This Seminar was organised in collaboration with Community Social Responsibility wing of Acharya Nagarjuna University.
The objectives of the National seminar is to promote collaboration between the NGOs working for the disabled; the persons with disabilities (PWD) and their parents; the Persons with disabilities aware of the opportunities available and motivated to pursue their studies confidently; the special Educators and B.Ed Students are updated with inclusive education; the Students of U.G. and P.G are aware of the carrier options in disability services and management and pursue relevant courses; general public are sensitized towards the abilities of persons with disabilities and treat them with respect and dignity, not by sympathy.

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The composition of the persons attended the seminar are :

Students/ Persons with Hearing Challenges 60
Students/ Persons with Visual impairments 42
Students/ Persons with orthopaedic challenges 12
Research scholars from Social Work/ Education 16
Professors from Universities/ Colleges including organising team 32
Students of B.Ed Colleges/ Special Education 9
Students from Degree/PG colleges &Volunteers 32
Resource Persons including 5 persons with Visual impairments 10
NGOs / representatives of NGOs 11
Principals / Special Teachers / Correspondents of Special schools 19
Parents of PWDs 10

Thanks to the Support of CBM, Bangalore all the Persons with disabilities, and their parents were given free registrations. The support was received through Madonna Comprehensive Resource Centre for PWDs, sponsored by CBM. All the Volunteers of the Seminar wore the T-shirts provided be CBM that added a professional look. The role of volunteers in guiding the PWDs was appreciated, especially by the visually challenged participants and resource persons.
There were 10 invited talks; 7 oral presentations; 5 poster presentations. The Profiles of 8 organisations and 2 case studies were shared in the proceedings of the seminar. The list of invited speakers is: Sri. Moses Chowdary Gorrepati, Enable India, Bangalore; Mrs. Anita Claudia Alexander, CBM, Bangalore; Prof. N. Annavaram, HCU, Hyderabad; Sri. Tapan Kumar Das, Youth4 Jobs, Hyderabad; Dr. Saraswati Raju Iyer, Acharya Nagarjuna University ; Sri. Akkisetti Sreenivasulu, UCO Bank, Vijayawada; Dr. T. Krishna Kumari, Cheyutha Foundation, Vijayawda; Prof. V. Rajasekhar, EFLU, Hyderabad; Sri. N. Victor David Dinakaran, KBN College, Vijayawda.

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