API Introductory Course (India)-Batch 2

The 2nd API Introductory Course was held at the Prajnadhara Campus, Nelamangala City, Bangalore between 07-09th February 2020. The three-day course saw 11 professionals from diverse fields like special education, physiotherapy, arts therapy, data science, complementary health therapies and health promotion come together to learn about the practice of arts to facilitate social inclusion. Participants came from five different cities across India including Chennai, Koppal, Bangalore City, Chandigarh and Chennekothapalli.

11 participants attended as per these geographic details:

Beginnings are all about embarking on a journey, finding our way and discovering a sense of belonging and inclusion. The 2nd API Introductory Course saw participants begin their journey with a drum roll, resounding soundscapes and dramatic encounters. The sessions on inclusive play saw participants remembering games played in childhood and adapting to include others. An experience in visual arts brought all of it together in colour and ink. The 3-day course got us to see that inclusion did not remain a question but drew answers from participants who facilitated sessions based on case studies to explore artistic ways of building inclusion for different persons and communities.

I connected most with three of the subjects – ‘Circle of Care’, ‘Understanding Inclusive Play’ and ‘Music- Voice and Rhythm’. Each of these courses had elements which I can use on the field. I work with children with developmental disabilities on a regular basis. As a CBR worker and special educator I know how important it is to work with children and make them enjoy participating in sessions. The program made me realize that we often think that children with disabilities are not capable of performing the same activities as non-disabled children, but this is not true. It is a common misconception. With a little extra time, initiative and patience with children, they also can also perform extremely well.
Nageshwar Rao

Rehab Team Leader, Timbaktu Collective

The program made me think differently because it can fit anyone and people from all walks of life can be included be it age disability or any background. The programme explored a connection between Arts, Therapy and Inclusion and demonstrated the interconnectedness. The modules were well designed. The most beautiful things in life are not things, they are people, places and memories, moments and smiles. This was my takeaway from this course.

BA in Psychology (Bangalore University), Parent

Earlier I thought inclusion is just giving the opportunity to participate. After attending the program, I understand now that inclusion not just participation it is more than participation. It includes acceptance, being present, active listening etc. It was really wonderful to have such facilitators. They are very energetic and including everyone in all the activities and they were listening to everyone. There was a good mix of both theory and practicals. The practicals and the materials given are very useful for future reference. The course explored many forms of arts as aid of inclusion and therapy.

Dist. Program Coordinator for Sphoorti Adolescent Program, Karnataka Health Promotion Trust

Inclusion till now was limited to a special children’s group but your use of “vulnerable group” expanded the word to involve everyone who is not able to cope up effectively. I enjoyed the play of various forms of art used for inclusion. It was planned well. The fact that we were moving from one place to another to experience different forms broke the monotony and gave us enough boost to build enthusiasm for the next session. Few more case studies would have been nice though I understand time constraints.

Special Educator, DIS, Mohali

A glimpse of the sessions: