Many international schools cater to the needs of children with special needs and learning difficulties such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and cognitive disabilities. Efforts are made to integrate these children into the mainstream school environment.
Under India's Disability Act (1995), children with disabilities have the right to free education up to the age of 18. Other rights include provisions such as transportation, scholarships, and free uniforms, books and teaching materials.
Children with special needs have access to special schools providing non-formal education and vocational training. To gain access to these, a “disability certificate” is required. They are issued by the Office of the Commissioner for Disabilities and can be obtained from any government hospital.
There are more than 2,500 schools for children with special needs in India. Some are run or supported by the government, while many are registered NGOs or private institutions. Children resident in India can apply to these schools.
- For a list of schools for children with a mental disability autism, visit the National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped website: Click here
- For a list of schools for children with a hearing impediment, visit the Ali Yavar Jung National Institute website: Click here
- For a list of schools for children with visual impairment: Click here