The Scheme of Inclusive Education for Disabled at Secondary Stage (IEDSS) was launched during 2009-10 and replaces the earlier scheme of Integrated Education for Disabled Children (IEDC). The aim of this scheme is to enable all students with disabilities to pursue four years of secondary education in an inclusive and enabling environment, after completing eight years of elementary schooling.
The scheme covers all children studying in classes IX to XII 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). The type of disabilities range from blindness, low vision, leprosy cured, hearing impairment, locomotor disability, mental retardation, mental illness, autism and cerebral leprosy, speech impairment, learning disabilities etc. Girls with disabilities are provided with special attention to help them gain access to secondary education, information and guidance for their developing potential. Moreover, the scheme envisages to set up model inclusive schools in every state.
Aims & Objectives
The Centrally Sponsored IEDSS Scheme aims to:
The objectives of the scheme will be to ensure that:
Every child with disability will be identified at the secondary level and his educational need assessed.
Assistance is admissible for two major components
The School Education Department of any State Government/Union Territory (UT) Administration acts as the implementation agency and 100 percent Central assistance is provided for all items covered in the scheme. The prerogative to involve NGOs having experience in the field of education of the disabled, in implementing the scheme, completely lies with the implementing agency. The State Governments are only required to make provisions for a scholarship of Rs. 600 per disabled child per annum.