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Awareness among Family Members of Children with Intellectual Disability on Relevant Legislations in India

Authors:

Bala Baskar Kuppusamy ,

Department of Adult Independent Living, National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD), ECR, Muttukadu, Kovalam Post, IN
About Bala Baskar

Lecturer and Head of the Department of Adult Independent Living, Working for National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD)

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N. Jayanthi Narayan,

National Institute for Mentally Handicapped, Secunderabad, IN
About N. Jayanthi

Doctorate in Special Education from USA and Post Doctorate from Perkins School, Boston, USA. The author has around 40 years of experience in the field of special education. Currently, she works as a Special Education Consultant in learning and intellectual disabilities to many SAARC countries. She was previously associated with National Institute for Mentally Handicapped, Secunderabad, as Deputy Director.

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N Deepa Nair

National Institute for Mentally Handicapped, Secunderabad, IN
About N Deepa

The author has been working in the field of special education for the past 10 years. She has done her Bachelors in Special Education (Mental Retardation) and Masters in Business Administration. At present she works in the field of disability rehabilitation and management. She was previously associated with National Institute for Mentally Handicapped, Secunderabad, as Assistant Programme Officer.

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Abstract

Purpose: The present study was undertaken to assess the level of awareness on legislations relating to intellectual disability among family members in India.

Method: A sample of 103 respondents attending home based training services for their wards at National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped (NIMH), India, were administered a thirty item questionnaire, classified into awareness of legislations, awareness of rights, concessions and benefits and life cycle needs.

Results: There is a moderate level of awareness on legislative aspects. Educated respondents showed better awareness about legislations than less educated persons. Respondents were better aware of benefits and concessions because of their direct utility in their day-to-day activities.

Conclusion: There is a need for creation of awareness and sensitization among parents and caregivers having persons with intellectual disability to enable them to receive optimum benefits. To reach the uneducated population the materials must also be made available in non-print media such as television, posters and illustrated pamphlets.

How to Cite: Kuppusamy, B.B., Narayan, N.J. and Nair, N.D., 2012. Awareness among Family Members of Children with Intellectual Disability on Relevant Legislations in India. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 23(1), pp.92–99. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5463/dcid.v23i1.55
Published on 31 May 2012.
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