At Ummeed, we believe that inclusion is much more than the mere enrollment of children with special needs and mental health concerns in regular classrooms. Inclusive schools acknowledge that a child’s academic potential cannot be developed separately from the socio-emotional development of children and that this is intimately connected with all other learning at school.
Ummeed’s School Outreach Team has developed a document of inclusive practices (covering both the academic and social aspects of inclusion) at different levels within school systems across India. The intention of this document is to build awareness about the need to include children with disabilities in mainstream education. This document titled Differently Together: Inclusion in Education aims to inspire and encourage various stakeholders working within the ambit of education to take back ideas to make their own school an inclusive and safe space for all children, especially for children with disabilities. The document was launched at the SELebrating Inclusion Summit on 24th April 2021, with several key members from the education sector.
The document may be accessed and downloaded through a specially-created microsite housed on Ummeed’s website. Please share this document widely so that we can bring about a change in the education system that we all hope for. If you know a principal or educator who wants to learn more contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In March 2021, Ummeed launched the #MeetTheFRIENDships campaign which was a celebration of the friendships of young people with disabilities through videos and picture blogs. This initiative provided a platform for young persons with disabilities to share their stories of friendship breaking stereotypes through the seemingly ‘everyday-type’ video stories. The bilingual (English and Hindi) selfies, videos, and photo blogs were shared on Ummeed's social media accounts all through the month with a reach of over 125,000 people and engagement (likes, shares and comments) of 2,000+.
This campaign provided unique insights into friendships of young people with disabilities, reflecting the core values of all friendships – trust, honesty, loyalty, and great camaraderie.
World Autism AWARENESS DAY AND WORLD AUTISM Month: April 2021
Given the continuing restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) campaign focused on two themes:
- Early Identification
- Empowerment and Self-Advocacy
The campaign primarily leveraged the strength of social media and online platforms and garnered a reach of over 140,000 people and engagement (like, shares and comments) of 1,600+.
A mix of bilingual videos highlighted what families and therapists want the general public to know about autism. The videos shared a positive and empowered approach to parenting, reflecting Ummeed’s family-centered approach to care and therapy.
An exciting live Instagram session was aired with Dr. Koyeli Sengupta, developmental paediatrician and director of Autism Services at Ummeed.
On 29th April 2021, Ummeed placed a print advertisement in Mumbai in three regional languages (Marathi, Hindi and Gujarati) highlighting the need to ‘learn the signs and act early’.