LENS Foundation launches ‘LDexplained’, India’s first comprehensive resource website on Learning Disabilities
The website aims to help families, parents, and guardians of children with learning disabilities to better understand and manage the disabilities and equip themselves for a better future
New Delhi : The LENS (Learning, Empowerment, Nutrition and Skill Development) Foundation has launched LDExplained, India’s first comprehensive resource website on learning disabilities among children and young adults.
According to a report by UNESCO between 10 and12 per cent of the school going children have learning disabilities. This roughly means that in a given Indian classroom there are at least four children with learning disabilities. LDExplained is designed for all stakeholders right from the family of the affected child to the policymaker who needs to work together to help the child cope with learning disabilities. For a parent or a guardian of a child with special needs who wants to help them learn to manage their challenges and deal with the world better; or for an educator keen to upgrade skills to help their students learn better, LDExplained is an excellent repository of knowledge and information on various learning disabilities, mental health wellness & management. The website covers coping and improvement strategies as well as ways to keep abreast with the latest research and methodologies developed nationally and globally.
Some of the key aspects of LDExplained include categorization of concepts of learning disabilities according to age brackets, the explanation of processes involved in identifying different types of learning disabilities, especially understanding early signs in children, discussion on rights of the affected child, policy support from school boards and local governments, networks, forums, support groups of parents of affected children, educators, and therapists. The website will also have a growing database of health professionals, counsellors, therapists, and educators who specialize in learning disabilities across India, etc.
Speaking about the website, Ketki Agarwal, Co-Founder & Trustee at LENS Foundation said, “The website has been a labor of love and we are thrilled to finally launch LDExplained. There has been a lot of confusion among parents and families about how to deal with children and young adults with special needs. Only if you are armed with the right amount of knowledge and information, you can handle it optimally for everyone involved.”
She further adds, “We encourage everyone to spread the word so that we can help and support people and families to not only cope with the challenges but also to be able to add value to the child’s life and help them prepare for a positive and strong future.”
The website, helps readers understand concepts of learning disabilities, coping strategies, parents’ role, the contribution of schools, policy support et al. The website is live already but you will see a lot of improvisations with time. One can subscribe to the newsletter for timely updates on information, relevant media articles on day-to-day topics, etc. There is a blog section that has reading material, generic articles from across the globe on learning disabilities.