|Name of Representative||Dr. AR. Saravanakumar|
|Name of Employer/Organization||Alagappa University|
|Position||Assistant Professor of Education|
AN EVALUATION ON HEALTH EDUCATION OF DISABLED CHILDREN IN INDIA
The purpose of the study was to find out the Evaluation on Health Education of Disabled Children in India. As the present study aims to assess the health services available to the disabled population and health awareness of the professionals working for the children with disabilities in India, the Survey cum Experimental Method was adopted. The samples were 1200 professionals of Village Health Nurses, Special Teachers, General Teachers and Parents in India. Out of 1200, 60 professional who possessed low knowledge on health issues related to disabilities were selected for the experimental study. The mean, standard deviation of Health Education Knowledge scores of professionals were calculated as a whole, North Region, Central Region, South Region, Pre and Post Assessment. By using Mean + 1 SD, the professionals have been grouped into three levels - Low, Moderate and High. The findings of the study indicated that of knowledge of health services available for disabled children was found to be high among village health nurses and parents in south region, north region of special teachers and general teachers. Village Health nurses and parents possess high level of knowledge of health services available for disabled children in six statements, special teachers in five statements, general teachers in nine statements. The developed Health Education Module was found to be effective in promotion of knowledge on health issues related to disabilities. Implementation of Health Education Module was significantly increases the knowledge on health issues related to disabilities among professionals. The effect size analysis revealed that the experimental group had increased the knowledge on health issues related to disabilities with the implementation of Health Education Module (HEM). The study implies the need of training programmes to promote healthy interaction among children with and without disabilities and opportunities for professional growth should be provided for special teachers to excel in their profession.
Keywords: Health Education, Evaluation, Disabled Children