Human Resource Development

From 1981, in collaboration with Jadavpur University (JU), Kolkata and from 1995 with the recognition of the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI), an autonomous body working under the aegis of the Govt. of India, IICP embarked on training at all levels and publishing a range of audio-visual and print based training material. Courses offered included certificate programmes for medical professionals, field and community workers and parents, a Post-School Diploma in CBR, a Post Graduate Certificate and later Diploma in Special Education and Continuing Rehabilitation Education (CRE) programmes. At present, IICP’s formal training programmes include:

A two-year B.Ed. Degree in Special Education for teachers specializing in education for students with cerebral palsy and other neuromotor disorders and A one-month certificate course on basic management of cerebral palsy for doctors and rehabilitation therapists. The latter courses are offered in collaboration with JU and RCI. Ten-month certificate level training courses for caregivers was offered in collaboration with RCI and the National Trust. The next Caregivers Certificate Course recognized by RCI will be offered in 2010.

Informal courses target community workers, parents, general teachers and professionals. In-service training opportunities for staff runs through the year, and training placements and internships in IICP’s service departments have become very popular both in India and abroad. These are extensively used by trainee/trained therapists, social workers, special educators, vocational trainers, and students from professional courses like architecture, law, nursing and fashion designing.

As a National Trust State Nodal Agency Centre, IICP works in rural and urban settings promoting better residential and respite facilities for persons with disabilities and greater inclusion in schools and all aspects of family and community life.

Staff development initiatives have resulted in opportunities for higher level training – many in the United Kingdom, some in the USA, Australia, South America and Africa. IICP has worked hard to develop linkages with Universities all over the world and with the support of the British Council, Rotary International, Govt. of India and other sponsoring agencies has provided its people the opportunity of continuous learning.

Research activities have emphasized action research that leads to benefits for target groups and stakeholders. Thus research studies in literacy, communication, and information technology have led to the development of methodologies for teaching, training material suitable for persons with cerebral palsy and their facilitators, assessment material, service delivery models in urban slums and technology for persons with disability. More recently, the scope of research has widened to include elderly populations and those who have speech impairments after trauma or illness.

Courses We Offer:

  • B.Ed in Special Education in collaboration with Jadavpur University and Rehabilitation Council of India(RCI)
  • Basic Management in Cerebral Palsy Course for medical practitioners and therapists
  • Trainer Training programmes
  • Computer Application courses for adults with disability
  • In-service training for professionals
  • Internships and clinical placements
  • Parent Training programmes
  • Caregivers' Training courses in collaboration with RCI
  • Training in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Research & Development (R & D) related to disability, rehabilitation and allied health care
  • Training in Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) for persons with disability.
  • Printed and audio-visual training material