ABSTRACT

The previous chapter recorded what we had achieved. In this chapter we refl ect on the key lessons learnt, what has not been achieved and the way forward.

As I look back over thirty-fi ve years to the early 1970s, faced with a situation where there were no educational facilities for children with multiple disabilities, there were also no levers for policy change at our disposal. All I could do was demonstrate that children with disabilities certainly could be ed ucated; and not only in early childhood programs and primary schools, but in universities as well. The fi rst model created in Mumbai in 1972, has since been replicated in nineteen of the thirtyone States. Many of our students who graduated from our schools have shown that with little modifi cations they were able to pass any of the State Board exams. There are now many who have excelled at universities, and many who are well employed and contributing to the nation’s economy.