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Colors Program Comes Off With Flying Colors At World Education Summit 2012
Could this be the beginning of a technology-driven era of autism intervention in India and other populous regions in Asia and Oceania?
Held in New Delhi from 23-24 July, the summit drew in a stellar assemblage of dignitaries from India's political and educational spheres. Already boasting of having the largest university in the world in the form of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), India has earned itself a global reputation in mainstream education. But special needs education still remains a largely neglected part of the national pedagogical system, with a majority of the programs on offer being either outdated or out of reach of the commoners' budget.
Shanesh COLORS Program, visualized and developed by an Indian, can be a welcome change from the expensive and often intricate autism intervention methods prevailing in many developing countries. In the context of a country like India, the USP of the program is its capacity to cater to a fairly large number of pupils with special needs. Also, the reasonable cost of setting up the supplementary program can allow parents to make moderate investments with maximum benefits for their children. Besides, the availability of a number of Shanesh COLORS apps on iPad and Android devices may grab the attention of upper and upper middle-class segment of the society.
WTC's COLORS Program is based on Applied Behavior Analysis aka ABA, which involves a technique of calling out positive reinforcements to a young learner. There are colorful characters called Shanesh who act as friends and guides of a child on the autism spectrum. Best of all, the intervention programs can be customized to suit specific needs of each child and can also be monitored both by parents and teachers.
K Ramaswamy, Chief Administrative Officer of WebTeam Corporation's partner concern Rangam Infotech Pvt. Ltd., Vadodara, sounded elated to get the award, saying, “The dedicated effort of the team in India as well as in the US under the stewardship of Mr. Nish Parikh, VP, Rangam Consultants Inc. and CEO of WebTeam Corporation has brought this laurel. This is another milestone in Rangam's journey.”
Rajni Israni, Project Manager, IT at Rangam Infotech Pvt. Ltd., said, “I am glad our Shanesh COLORS Program has received this award. It's a special achievement for us, more so because we can now extend our autism intervention services across India where many parents face extreme difficulties in assessing their children's needs before deciding on suitable lesson plans.”
The iAssessNTeach app, recently launched by WebTeam Corporation, is billed as an evaluation tool for infants and toddlers with autism spectrum disorder. Built on the mantra that early intervention holds the key to a successful and satisfactory improvement of the signs of autism, iAssessNTeach integrates a number of activities that record and analyze a child's cognitive skills.