Education for Disabled Persons
The Government of Karnataka has established 8 Special Schools for children with visual and hearing impairment. Out of 8 Special Schools 4 schools are for blind children and 4 schools are for children with hearing impairment. The details of the schools are as follows:
Schools for the Blind Children:
Schools for the Children with Hearing Impairment:
All the aforesaid institutions are residential schools and free education is provided to all the children. Text Books in brail language are printed at the Government Braille Press, Mysore and supplied to Blind children studying in Government Schools and also in Private Schools free of cost besides providing clothing and medical facilities.
To encourage enrollment and to continue the studies of the PWDs State Government extends scholarships in the following manner from Class 1 to University Level.
Incentive Award to Meritorious Disabled Students
The scheme provides one time Incentive Award to Meritorious disabled students who secure more than 60% of marks in public examinations.
The eligibility criteria :
Ø should have 40% and above disability
Ø Should have passed Previous Class
Ø Should submit the application through the Head of the Institution.
Department runs a Braille Press at Mysore to cater to the needs of visual impaired students of the State. For blind students studying PUC and BA in humanities subjects 10 audio cassettes and a tape recorder is also provided free of cost by the State Government and help them to continue their studies.
vide Government Order No: ED 10 STB: 93 Bangalore dtd.2.1.2001 State Government has ordered for 3% reservation of seats in all educational institutions for persons with disability students and also preference for PWDs in Hostel facilities.
Facilities such as help of the scribe, extra time duration in public examination and selection of elective subjects are extended to visually impaired students.
For Hearing Impaired children concession in studying 2nd and 3rd language and also one hour extra time for public examination is given. Special stickers are attached to the answer papers of the hearing impaired students in public examination.
SPECIAL TEACHERS TRAINING CENTERS
State Government runs 2 special teachers training centre at Mysore for the training of teachers in teaching visually impaired children and hearing impaired children respectively in collaboration with National Institutes with the intake capacity of 20 students per batch every year in each category. It is a 2 years diploma course after PUC. Students with the minimum of 45 marks in PUC are eligible for entrance examination.