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Role of NGOs in Identification Camps for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in India

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M. Thomas Kishore ,

Centre for Health Psychology, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500046, IN
About M. Thomas
M. Thomas Kishore, Ph.D. (Clin. Psychology), M.Phil (M&SP), BMR. The author currently works as a Reader in Health Psychology in Centre for Health Psychology at University of Hyderabad based in India.
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R K Nagar

Department of Community Rehabilitation at the National Institute for the Orthopaedically Handicapped (NIOH), Kolkata, IN
About R K
R.K. Nagar, M.Ed (Spl. Edn-MR), MA, BMR. The author currently works as a Rehabilitation Officer in the Department of Community Rehabilitation at National Institute for the Orthopedically Handicapped (NIOH) based in Kolkata, India.
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Abstract

Purpose: Identification camps for persons with disabilities are conducted by both government and non-government organisations (NGOs) in India, as a viable option for mass screening. However, it has been noticed that identification of persons with intellectual disability is hindered by various factors and the percentage of people identified tends to vary, depending on the agencies carrying out screening and identification.

Methods: To validate this observation empirically, data collected from 33 identification camps was analysed post-facto.

Results: The results confirmed that more people with intellectual disabilities were diagnosed at camps organised by NGOs, than at the ones held by government agencies.

Conclusions: Qualitative analysis of contributory factors revealed certain salient features related to NGOs that contribute to more accurate identification of persons with intellectual disabilities in camps. This study highlights these factors, while drawing specific inferences for better identification and screening of persons with intellectual disabilities in the Indian context.

How to Cite: Kishore, M.T. and Nagar, R.K., 2012. Role of NGOs in Identification Camps for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in India. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 22(3), pp.97–104. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5463/dcid.v22i3.89
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Published on 15 Feb 2012.
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