NIMH response

 Ref NO. NIMH/RTI/95/09-10/2967             Date: 08-09-2009
 With reference to your application ID No. RTI/95/09-10, dated 11-08-2009, addressed/transferred to by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment vide Lr. No. F.No. 32-79/2008-DD-III dated 04-08-2009, regarding two computer software for persons with mental challenges   1. Information Technology based education and training for people affected with autism,   2.Micro-controller based graphical/sound based daily scheduler and alarm for children with autism, enclosed please find the information regarding software for persons with special needs available with our Institute.

NIMH had developed CD's and literacy packages for students with mental retardation and children with special needs (CWSN) in primary schools in two phases, the first phase completed in 1997 and second phase in 2004. They were originally prepared to suit circular needs of Persons with Mental Retardation.  Students with Mental retardation are being included in regular schools making it imperative to expose our CAI packages which are dually useful to regular school students also. This experience has proved that developed CAI packages are useful for regular teachers in primary schools.

Titles of these packages are listed for your reference, which you will notice are self-explanatory of it's content. These CAI packages are suitable for application while employing IEP or small group instruction, thus, making it inclusion for compounded benefits of CWSN and the regular students. Operational simplifications have been a priority in designing them. They have been field tried and finalized on CWSN. The topics selected suit curricular needs of CWSN in regular primary schools, thus making inclusive instruction feasible. The running time ranges between 15 to 30 minutes with facility to customise the speed and select extent of content to be selected for inclusive settings and diverse learners.

The list of titles are:
1.  My country
2.  Health and Safety
3.  Community Orientation- Banking, Departmental Store, Post Office, Railway Station
4.  Living and Non-living things
5.  Basic Literacy Series
6.  Numeracy skills

The above listed CAI packages are available in English and Hindi, and they are available at our outsources address; Gray Scale Media Solutions Pvt. Ltd., #7,  Plot NO. 37, Rao and Raju Colony, Road No.2, Banjara hills, Hyderabad- 500 034, Phone: 65168777 / 65169777

1. Given an opportunity persons with mental retardation can also learn using computers. The Department of Special Education at NIMH has developed software in "teaching literacy and numeracy skills to persons with mental retardation". Literacy software covers functional words in English and the package covers forming sentences using the functional words. Numeracy software covers numbers up to 10.

2. The above software is available in CD format in English language along with instruction manual which is priced at Rs. 50/- (Rupees fifty only)

3. As per the prevailing policy, we supply the software packages against payment only. To obtain these, one can purchase them directly by cash at NIMH, Secunderabad or obtain by post while addressing the requirement to the Director, NIMH along with the payment. The payment shall be made in the form of demand draft drawn on any scheduled/nationalized bank favouring "Director, NIMH", payable at Secunderabad. The cost of the software is  inclusive of postage and handling charges.

4. During the sale/purchase of the software, we do not collect any information pertaining to the address, utilization etc. of the software by the end user.