Opening up its first chapter of relating to people with special needs, Nagaland Mercy Mission jointly with the Dimapur Ao Baptist Church, organized a one day workshop on ‘Special needs assessment and awareness’ at DABA Church, Duncan Basti on Saturday. The workshop has been organized to make the participants relate to people with various disabilities including physical, sensory, cognitive and behavioral.
The team led by Rev Dr Mar Imsong consists of Melinda Parry, Diane Johansen and Edwin Hobart from USA educated the participants on various topics of related to disabilities from a Biblical and theological, cultural and social point of view.
The workshop presenter, Melinda with an M Sc in Education is also a licensed educator in the areas of elementary education and devises individualized educational plan for both moderate and severe disabled person.
Rev Dr Mar Imsong asserted that the workshop was organized not to replace the various medical procedures but with a humbler approach in relating to a disabled person. He also further added that one should not look at a person with special needs with a caretaker mindset but as a friend and at the same time accept them as normal persons.
Lamenting on the approach of the Naga society towards persons with special needs, Imsong pointed that the church was the only place where everyone was accepted as one human element.
Various thematic sessions were conducted for the participants at the workshop.