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Sunday, 6 November 2016

Call to include differently-abled in literature and stories by Chennai school

If one has to recall a book where a protagonist or for that matter even a side character is differently-abled, it is hard to do so. This is because there are barely such characters written about at all.

Vidya Sagar, a school for the differently-abled, decided  that in its fight for an inclusive society it is also important to include the differently-abled in literature and stories.

At a panel discussion, the school brought together eminent children’s book writers in the city such as Shoba Vishwanath from Karadi Tales, Zia Whitaker, Sujatha Padmanabhan, Zainab Suleiman and Namita Jacob, who work towards making books more accessible to children with disabilities.
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Speaking on the occasion, Raju Padmanabhan, director, Vidya Sagar, said besides the fact that it was a pity there was barely a differently-abled character in a book, it was all the more unfair to differently-abled readers.

Source : The New Indian Express , 6 Nov 2016 

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