Gifted with Disabilities: The Twice Exceptional in India

Kurup, Anitha and Dixit, Shalini (2016) Gifted with Disabilities: The Twice Exceptional in India. Indian Educational Review, 54 (2). pp. 7-25.

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Abstract: The ‘twice-exceptional’ is a segment of the population in whom extraordinary abilities coexist with disabilities. For a country like India with a large and diverse population of over 1.3 billion, which constitute about 10 –15 per cent of the gifted population, the twice-exceptional children are estimated to be about 1.2 million in the age group of 3 –18 years. The number of children in this specialised group is large; identifying them and providing them with appropriate services needs attention. The twice-exceptional child will need a unique environment that will simultaneously harness his/her gifts and also provide support to overcome the challenges whether they are learning difficulties, developmental disorders, or handicaps of a perceptual, physical, or psychological nature. In the absence of any initiative for the twice-exceptional children in India, the paper discusses the need for recognition of this invisible population. Drawing from the experiences of other countries, the paper provides a framework for identification and interventions that India can undertake to address the needs of our twice-exceptional children. The paper concludes with the possible policy directions in tracing this unique population in India
Item Type: Article
Subjects: School of Social Sciences > Education
Programmes > Education Programme > Education for the Gifted
Programmes > Education Programme
Divisions: Schools > Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2018 09:52
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2018 09:52
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    URI: http://eprints.nias.res.in/id/eprint/1713

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