Responding to the 'Idam Nalkam Makkalk, Ammayk Jeevithavum' campaign by Mathrubhumi.com, Minister of social justice, Prof R Bindu, said that the government has initiated multiple programmes to address the issues of the family of differently abled children.
Mathrubhumi.com had taken up a novel campaign as the special needs of the children affects their caretakers as well, especially mothers, leading to serious socio-economic repercussions.
It is not just the family's duty but also the responsibility of the community and the government to look after the differently abled children. Therefore, the government will initiate ‘Assistive Villages’ where the families of these children can stay together, minister Bindu said. Here, the medical support and buds schools will be set up for the children. Three villages will be opened in the first stage of an experimental method, and the proposals for the villages are under examination. Nilambur and Muliyar are suitable locations, she said.
There should be facilities to take care of these children after they turn 18. There are private and public institutions for this, but there should be institutions like the Centre of Excellence. The main problem here is the lack of manpower. The motto of the social justice department is 'Thanichalla Ningal, Oppamund Njangal,' (You are not alone) which inspired the Sahajeevanam program. There is no awareness regarding these projects among the families, which is very important, the minister said.
Kerala has the most Unique Disability ID card registrations, and the process is rapidly progressing. The updates regarding the registrations are given through radio and other promotional methods. While assistive villages support the children, there will be self-employment centres for the mothers to work. The local self-governments have a vital role as they should be able to provide constructive facilities using their fund division. There are classes conducted by NISH on emotional variations in children, and everyone should get these classes, she added.