A conference for special kids

Published: 14th November 2016 10:10 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th November 2016 02:58 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: With the sole purpose of spreading timely awareness, Madhuram Narayanan Centre for Exceptional Children (MNC), is organising four international conferences for three days from November 17 onwards at Hotel Savera. Since it’s an annual event, MNC this time will be roping in experts from all over the country to look work with experts from India and put forth research papers on the study of mental retardation. 

Spearheaded by Jaya Krishnaswamy, director of MNC, along with support provided by N Kumar, vice chairperson, Sanmar Group, the conference will include research, training, demonstration and implementation of intervening early when it comes to children affected by mental retardation and autism. “We want to show that it is not the ‘disability’ that stops a child from improving but it’s the community. Our aim is to create awareness among all stratas that your child is special and is capable as others,” says Jaya Krishnaswamy. 

MNC has been conducting interactive conferences every three years, with this year being more special, commemorating Mother Teresa and her influence on them. A special postal stamp by the Post Master General will be released at the time of the inauguration, bearing the symbol of ‘Upanayan’ — the programme’s project. The conference is on November 17-19 at Savera Hotel.

The research papers that would be brought out at the conference will primarily focus on the prevention of disabilities and its avoidable causes. “Our concern is to show the value of child health and child development. It can be avoided in the initial stages of pregnancies wherein the mother changes the lifestyle and environment, making it safer for the child,” says S Krishnan, advisor, MNC.

MNC, for the past 25 years, has been providing early inervention for children six years and below. 

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