Inclusive Education of the Disabled at Secondary Stage

Details of Inclusive Education of the Disabled at Secondary Stage (IEDSS)

Name of the SchemeInclusive Education of the Disabled at Secondary Stage (IEDSS)
Sponsored byCentral Government
Funding PatternThe Scheme is 100 per cent centrally funded.
Ministry/DepartmentDepartment of School Education  Literacy
DescriptionThe Scheme of Integrated Education for the Disabled Children (IEDC) has been replaced by the scheme of Inclusive Education for the Disabled at Secondary Stage (IEDSS) with effect from 1.4.2009. The scheme IEDC was meant to cover all classes in the school education stage. With the coverage of children with special needs in the elementary stage under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), the scheme of IEDC was replaced by IEDSS under which children with disability in the secondary stage (classes IX to XII) are covered. The objective of IEDSS is to enable the disabled children who have completed eight years of elementary education to continue their education at the secondary stage in an inclusive environment in regular schools.
Benefit TypeMaterial,
Eligibility criteriaThe scheme will cover all children of age 14 + passing out of elementary schools and studying in secondary stage in Government, local body and Government-aided schools, with one or more disabilities as defined under the Persons with Disabilities Act (1995) and the National Trust Act (1999) in the age group 14+ to 18+ (classes IX to XII), such as Blindness, Low vision, Leprosy cured, Hearing impairment, Locomotor disabilities, Mental retardation, Mental Illness, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and may eventually cover Speech impairment, Learning Disabilities, etc.
How to AvailThe assessment team may include an interdisciplinary expert team of special educators, clinical psychologists, therapists, doctors and any other professional support based on the students’ needs.
Validity of the Scheme
Introduced On01 / 04 / 2009
Valid Upto15 / 11 / 2011
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