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The dissemination of useful knowledge for parents, health workers, teachers and all professionals involved in providing care and services for children with disabilities is an important objective of CARENIDHI publications and learning resource development. The educational packages for CBR training are wide-ranging, guided by participatory research and needs assessment of communities in developing countries.

Childhood Disability Update (CDU), a multidisciplinary journal, promotes a better understanding of all aspects of disability in children. In a field requiring much inter-disciplinary exchange of information, the journal provides a forum for reporting significant developments and views, pertaining to developmental disabilities, and facilitates a dialogue between the disciplines.

A journal for continuing education, CDU is increasingly being sourced by professionals from several organizations working in the field of disability in India. It is one of the few Indian journals targeting the community health and rehabilitation professionals, special educators and social scientists in the disability field for prevention, health promotion and disability limitation.

Navneet, the in-house publication in Hindi, for and by careproviders in the community, is the voice of the fieldworkers associated with CARENIDHI’s ongoing community projects.

The feedback from readers and funding agencies has been encouraging, evident from the letters of appreciation and requests for subscription from different parts of India. We are grateful for the support we have received in publishing CDU from Aramuc Scientific Communication Private Limited.

Encouraged by the response from readers and drawing from our experiences in the other CARENIDHI projects, we have also started bringing out publications and training material for different target groups—parents, community-based rehabilitation workers and mid-level staff training in community healthcare initiatives.

Training Modules for Community-based Rehabilitation of Childhood Disabilities, our new venture, marks the beginning of a long journey to develop learning resource materials with computer-based technology. The publications and audiovisual materials are supplementary learning resources, both for the personnel working at the grass roots and for students of Disability Studies in the community.

CARENIDHI’S future publications will include subject areas of interest to professionals involved in service provision and the promotion of health and education for all. The resource materials for open learning by families and community careproviders, including multimedia training modules to improve care-provision for children with special needs, is another step in our growth towards becoming a Learning Resource Centre for Childhood Disability and Development.
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