Inclusive Education of the Disabled at Secondary Stage (IEDSS)










The Centrally Sponsored IEDSS Scheme aims to:

– enable all students with disabilities completing eight years of elementaryschooling an
  opportunity to complete four years of secondary schooling (classes IX to XII) in an
  inclusive and enabling environment
– provide educational opportunities and facilities to students with disabilities in the
  general education system at the secondary level (classes IX to XII).
– support the training of general school teachers to meet the needs of children with
  disabilities at the secondary level.

The objectives of the scheme will be to ensure that

– Every child with disability will be identified at the secondary level and his educational
  need assessed.
– Every student in need of aids and appliances, assistive devices, will be provided the
– All architectural barriers in schools are removed so that students with disability have
  access to classrooms, laboratories, libraries and toilets in the school.
– Each student with disability will be supplied learning material as per his/ her
– All general school teachers at the secondary level will be provided basic training to teach
  students with disabilities within a period of three to five years.
– Students with disabilities will have access to support services like the appointment of
  special educators, establishment of resource rooms in every block .
– Model schools are set up in every state to develop good replicable practices in inclusive

Target Group

The scheme will cover all children of age 14+ passing out of elementary schools and studying in secondary stage in Government, local body and Government-aided schools, with one or more disabilities as defined under the Persons with Disabilities Act (1995) and the National Trust Act (1999) in the age group 14+ to 18+ (classes IX to XII), namely

• Blindness
• Low vision
• Leprosy cured
• Hearing impairment
• Locomotor disabilities
• Mental retardation
• Mental Illness
• Autism
• Cerebral Palsy
And may eventually cover (i) Speech impairment and (ii) Learning Disabilities, etc.

Girls with disabilities will receive special focus and efforts would be made under the scheme
to help them gain access to secondary schools, as also to information and guidance for developing their potential.

Type of Scheme

This is a centrally sponsored scheme under which the Central Government will assist the States/Union Territories and autonomous bodies of stature in the field of education in its implementation on the basis of the criteria laid down. Assistance for all the items covered in the scheme will be on 100 per cent basis but assistance for the programme would be subject to policy guidelines issued and initiatives to be taken by the appropriate government for implementing the educational provisions of the P.W.D. Act.

Components of the Scheme 

It is proposed to provide for educational facilities under this scheme for all children with disabilities that are included in general schools at the secondary and senior secondary  level (classes IX to XII).

The Scheme will include assistance for two kinds of components, viz.:-
I Student-oriented components, and

II Other components (e.g. those relating to infrastructure, teacher training, awareness generation, etc.)