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National Conference on Inter-Disciplinary Disability Rehabilitation

(NCIDDR – 2016)
Organized by

KES Autism Centre

(An ISO 9001:2008 certified institution)
Kurichiyil P.O., New Mahe, Kerala
In Association with

IACP-Malabar Chapter

(Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists)
Supported by

Kerala Social Security Mission

Social Justice Department, Govt. of Kerala

Theme: „Disability Management: Current Interdisciplinary Perspectives & Challenges ”


Brief Report

T he aim of the conference was to clarify the universal and interdisciplinary dimensions of disability, and to foster development of inter-disciplinary approach in disability management in India. The conference addressed all aspects of disability rehabilitation on recent developments in fundamentals and practical applications. It gave an opportunity for medical/health care professionals, Clinical Psychologists, speech therapists, Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists, Social Scientists, Special Educationists and Researchers to learn and exchange their views and experiences on the emerging trends and challenges of Disability management.

As per the schedule planned, the registration for the NCIDDR-2016 started at 8.30 am and the conference was inaugurated by Dr. M. K. Abdul Khader, Vice Chancelor Kannur University in the president ship of Shri. Muhammed Sabih (President IACP, Malabar) in the presence of Dr. E. D. Joseph (senior Clinical Psychologist, Kannur), Shri. Manoj Kurian (State Co-ordinator, Kerala Social Security Mission), and K. G. Dhanesh (Principal & Clinical Psychologist, KES Autism Centre).

The first Key note address was handled by Dr. M K Jayaraj, (Principal, SIMC, Thiruananthapuram). He spoke about current trends and challenges in disability rehabilitation in which, he opined very little is done in the rehabilitation of the persons with disabilities in Kerala. In the next session, Shri. S. Karthikeyan, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, NIEPMD spoke about the importance of family interventions while dealing with a child with a disability.

The afternoon session was compiled with scientific paper presentations related to themes of the conference. There were 41 papers registered and amongst that, 29 studies were presented in the presence of expert jury for the evaluation.

The second day of the conference was started with a symposium led by Shri. Nachiketa Rout, Associate Professor, Dept of Speech, Language & Communication, NIEPMD, Chennai. He spokes on Challenges in Practicing inter & trans-disciplinary Disability Management in Indian Scenario. During the next session, Shri. Jameson Samuel, Director, Jewel Autism Centre, Kottayam gave a talk on Sensory Integration & Special Schooling.

Next session was on Recent Developments in Policies in Disability Rehabilitation, which was handles by Shri. Manoj Kurian, State Co-ordinator, Kerala Social Security Mission, Govt. of Kerala. In the following session of the invited lecture, Shri. S. Karthikeyen, Lecturer in clinical psychology, NIEPMD focused on Disability Rehabilitation in Indian context.

Panel discussion and valedictory function were conducted in the afternoon of the second day of the conference. The panel discussion was led by Prof. Dr. Sam S. Manickam, HoD of Clinical Psychology, JSS Medical College, Mysore. Eight experts from the different areas of the rehabilitation served as the expert panel and discussed about the current challenges of disability rehabilitation. Panellists opined that there should be a holistic approach in the management of disabilities, including medical, therapeutic, familial and educational.

Shri. M. C. Jaleel, Chairman, KES Autism Centre was the Guest of Honour for the valedictory function, he stressed on the importance of public private partnership system in the disability rehabilitation. K G Dhanesh, Organizing Secretary of the conference and principal of KES Autism Centre bestowed the vote of thanks.


Post Conference workshop

The post Conference workshop was conducted on 14th February, 9.30 am to 1.30 pm, handled by Dr. Bindiya Shajith, on “The TEACCH Approach to Teaching Individuals with Autism”. A total of 30 persons attended the workshop including parents of children with disabilities, special educators and related professionals.

Sl No Firstname
1 Total No. of Registered Delegates 110
2 Symposium 1
3 Invited Lectures 5
4 Paper Presentations (Registered) 41
Paper Presentations (Presented) 29
6 Panel discussion 1
7 No. of Experts in the panel 9 (Chair person: 1)
8 Post Conference workshop 1
9 No. of Halls with audio-visuals 3
10 Associated with Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists (Malabar) 41
Kerala Social Security Mission, Govt. of Kerala.
Sl No Name of the expert Designation
1 Dr. L. Sam S. Manickam, (Chair Person)
Mob: +91 9448673648
Professor in Clinical Psychology, JSS Medical College, Mysore 
2 Shri Nachiketa Rout
Mob: +91 99401 24537
Associate Professor, Dept of Speech, Hearing & Communication, NIEPMD, Chennai
3 Dr. E D Joseph
Mob: +91 98471 24794
Rtd. Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Govt. Health Service, Kerala
4 Shri S. Karthikeyan
Mob: + 91 94451 22678
Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, NIEPMD, Chennai
5 Dr. Vinod Kumar
Mob: +91 9447671269
Associate Professor (Ayurveda),  Rajiv Gandhi Ayurveda Medical College, Mahe.
6 Dr. Dolly Augustine
Mob: + 91 9447 390693
Homeopathi Medical Officer, Sadgamaya, Kannur
7 Shri. Manoj Kurian
Mob: + 91 9645205251
State Co-ordinator, Kerala Social Security Mission, Govt. of Kerala
8 Shri. M C Jaleel
Mob: +97 1506526385
Chairman, KES Autism Centre New Mahe, Kerala
9 Dr. Bindiya Shajith,
Mob: +91 8884806688
Child & adolescent Psychologist in Bangalore
K. G. Dhanesh
Organizing Secretary,
New Mahe NCIDDR-2016
Principal & Clinical Psychologist,
KES Autism Centre,
New Mahe, Kerala