Meetings attended

1. Attended a meeting of Rehab Experts at Rehabilitation Council of India to work on “Continuing Rehab Education (CRE)” programs in March 2013

2. Attended meeting of Experts & Stake Holders in the Chennai Round Table Conference organized by Tamilnadu Federation of Parents of Children with Intellectual & Multiple Disabilities on 6th August 2013

3. Chaired the Meeting organized by National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilitiesm Chennai  in connection with Skill Development Programs for Persons with Intellectual & Multiple Disabilities on 22nd August 2013

4. Visited and counseled Parents & Organizers of RITHAM Institute for Persons with Mental Retardation in the field of Vocational Training & Vocational Rehabilitation in Rajapalayam in Tamilnadu (Near Madurai) on 5th & 6th September 2013. Developed Skill Training Programs in two urban based and two rural based occupations to train Persons with Intellectual & Multiple Disabilities (PIMD). Submitted proposals to the Institute

Award As Outstanding Rehabilitation Consultant

Tamilnadu Dr. MGR University (a Statutory University under Tamilnadu – India ) honored Narasimham Rayadurgam for his exemplary service as Rehabilitation Consultant on the occasion of the International Day of People With Disabilities observed by the University on 6th December 2012. He receives the Award from Padmasri Dr. Mayilvahanan Natarajan, Vice Chancellor and famous Orthopedic Surgeon

 

This is the latest laurel achieved by Narasimham after National Award from President of India (1983) and inclusion in “Contemporary Who is Who” for outstanding contribution to the disabled, brought out by American Biographical Institute, USA – 2003 and Lifetime Achievement Award from International Biographical Institute, U.K.- 2004.

Detect Autism at one year!

Doctors like to pick up the first indicators of diseases as early as possible so they can begin effective treatments that might help patients. But when it comes to conditions like autism, that is not always easy.

Autism’s behavioral symptoms don’t become obvious until babies are 3 years old, which is when parents and physicians first notice differences in the ways toddlers interact with others and their environment. And therapy usually doesn’t start until after that. But researchers say it may be possible to detect subtle ways warnings of the developmental disorder as early as at 12 months – and all it takes is a simple 24 item questionnaire that parents can complete in the pediatrician’s waiting room.

The five minute screening includes questions like “does your child point to objects?” and “does your child use words or sounds to get attention or help?” The test, conducted at infant’s 1-year check up, can identify toddlers who may already be experiencing deficits in language or other types of development, according to a study led by University of California at San Diego researchers. In a trial involving more than 10,000 1-year olds, nearly 200 who failed the initial screening were referred for more comprehensive testing specifically to diagnose autism-spectrum disorders. After additional testing,  32 were ultimately diagnosed with autism by the age of 3.

Such early screening may have significant benefits for infants. Behavioral therapies that help children learn more appropriate ways to respond to people and physical stimuli may be more successful when started earlier. Additionally, if the researchers can study the disease in younger children, it could help deepen their knowledge of the causes of and neurological changes that trigger autism and potentially lead to better treatments. In the meantime, the five minute check list is a good way to educate both parents and pediatricians about the disorder’s early signs and encourages them to seek preventive treatment even before it develops.

Reference: Journal of Pediatrics  printed in “TIME” Magazine dated 16th May 2011

Meetings

1. Participated in the National Seminar organized by Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad at New Delhi on 10th February, 2008. Presented a paper on Vocational Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities through ICT
2. Participated in the Meeting of the Expert Committee on Vocational Training and Vocational Rehabilitation At Rehabilitation Council of India on 6th October 2008.
3. Participated in the Expert Committee Meeting on 29th January 2009 & 30th January 2009 constituted to review norms and subjects for Continuing Rehabilitation Education (CRE) Programs

Meetings

1. Chaired the Meeting of Committee of Experts on Vocational Rehabilitation, Rehab Social Workers, Placement Officers etc… organized by Rehabilitation Council of India at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai on 22nd March, 2010 to develop courses on vocational rehabilitation
2. Attended Meeting of Rehabilitation Experts organized by Rehabilitation Council of India at Pantha Nivas, Bhubaneswar on 26th and 27th March 2010.
3. Participated in the National Seminar on “Role of Stakeholders in implementing UNCRPD” organized at Chennai by National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities on 15th & 16th April 2010
4. Presented a Paper on Vocational Rehabilitation – Issues & Practice at the National Seminar on “Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities – Theory & Practice” organized by Pragathi Charities at Nellore, Andhra Pradesh on 20th & 21st April, 2010