This new website offers guidance on helping children with special needs

Updated: Apr 12, 2017, 10:01 IST | The Guide Team |

A new website offers information and guidance to parents and schools on helping children with special needs


Did you know that candidates with cerebral palsy or autism are allowed to bring their computers along with assisted devices or screen reading software when answering an exam? Or that every child with benchmark disability between the ages of six and 18 years has the right to free education in a neighbourhood school, or in a special school, of his choice? Get acquainted with inclusive education practices, laws associated with disability and related information on a new website iRockit, launched last month.

Arjun Sawhney
Arjun Sawhney

Quite simply, iRockit was created to help children and adolescents with special needs. "The idea is to empower parents and school management to support the needs of special children, both from an educational and medical standpoint," says founder Arjun Sawhney.

The site covers a range of subjects. There are learning issues like dyslexia; developmental delays and disorders like ADHD and Down's Syndrome; behavioural issues like anxiety and depression; physical impairments; and medical problems including obesity and food allergies.

"There is a vast population of children who have these problems and they often go undiagnosed. As a result, they tend to lead unproductive and unfulfilling lives. We are trying to work with schools and parents, so that they are better informed and have access to all necessary resources," says Sawhney.

Currently, parents and teachers can access a legal toolkit containing information related to child's rights, government schemes, court rulings and legal procedures. There is even the option of connecting with medical experts — psychiatrists, counsellors, neurologists and therapists. The site is backed by an editorial team and Sawhney adds that they regularly work with experts in law, medicine and education, among others.

"We want to be the one-stop platform for people seeking advice and aid; an initiative that they can trust with their eyes closed," he adds.

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