Include me!

Mahadevan, Vijaya (2014) Include me! Learning Curve (23). pp. 88-90.

Text - Published Version
Download (442kB) | Preview


The academic session is coming to an end and the students are stressed out preparing for their Board Examinations. I am desperately trying to make the class alive and cheerful. My normal class consists of two students diagnosed with cerebral palsy, one visually impaired student, a non-verbal student with multiple disabilities; two intellectually challenged, two with learning disabilities and three others with normal intelligence, but dropped out of mainstream schools due to economic and other family problems. I am devising a method of enacting a grand finale to our spoken English and effective communication class by asking them to do a project based on their business studies curriculum and present it to the entire class. As I group them, immediately, J asks, “How can M participate madam? He can’t talk.” Even before I could think of a response, pat comes the reply from T, who is in a wheelchair, defending his non-verbal friend, “But M is very good at downloading information, images and putting in power point presentation. We can then explain the slides.” Problem solved in a minute! M flashes his trademark smile, which seems to say, “Thank you for including me”

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Mahadevan, Vijaya
Document Language:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Early childhood education
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Learning Curve
Full Text Status: Public
Publisher URL:

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item