SHILLONG, July 22: In Meghalaya there are 12,793 identified Children with Special Needs (CWSN) of which 8,177 are enrolled in schools and 2,312 receive home base education while 2,304 children are under the school readiness programs. This came to light during the closing ceremony celebrating the Silver Jubilee of The Society for the Welfare of the Disabled and its unite Mary Rice Centre for Special Education & School and Center for the Hearing Handicapped Children was held on Wednesday in the City.
The celebration witnessed dance and songs performed by students of various schools and colleges from the state in which even physically disabled children showcased their skills. Certificates and prizes were also distributed to the students who participated in the many events during the weeklong celebration.
Addressing the occasion Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities Cara Kharkongor said that it is a huge honor for her to participate in the closing ceremony of the silver jubilee of The Society for the Welfare of the Disabled.
Lauding the work of the Society Kharkongor said, “The contribution of the society for the past 25 years has been very vast and a lot of children with disability have benefited from their existence.”
Kharkongor also encouraged the Society to continue the great work that they have been doing for the past 25 years serving the many children in the state with disability.
She also said that there is an Act for persons with disability and under this Act a person with disability has the right to education and children under the of 18 years with disability should get access free education.