Binghamton University is one of four research university centers in the State University of New York system. Known for the achievements and successes of its students, faculty, staff and programs, Binghamton enrolls more than 17,700 students in programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees (about 14,000 students are undergraduates; about 3,750 are graduate students). Its curriculum, founded on the liberal arts, has expanded to include selected professional and graduate programs.
The University offers more than 100 major degree programs across its six academic divisions and is recognized as the most selective and prestigious university in the SUNY system. College guides such as the Fiske Guide to Colleges have dubbed it a “premier public university in the Northeast.” Students actively take part in internships, education abroad, honors programs, Division I athletics and many of the 450+ student organizations on campus. They enjoy attractive, comfortable living and learning residences, and they give faculty high marks for being approachable and inspirational.
Binghamton is a highly regarded research university, yet, is as accessible as a smaller school, with retention is well above national averages.
Drishti is a professional organization that works in the space of Psychology and Education and has a strong belief in Inclusion. Drishti has been empowering mainstream schools to support students with special education needs and their families since 1994. We work with children across the age range of 2 to 18 years and focus on enhancing their mental health and well-being. Our psychoeducational assessment reports are accepted by all education boards- ICSE, CBSE, CIE, IGCSE, IB. 1000+ assessments are conducted and reported every year across our locations at Mumbai, Bangalore and Pune. Our work in the area of Inclusive Education over 25 years has impacted students pan India and the UAE. We regularly collaborate with schools & higher education institutions for capacity building programs for pre-service & in-service educators and therapists (psychologists and special educators) to enable them to manage inclusive environments.
Stepping Stones Center is an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) based school program for children ages 2-15 years. We provide an individualized, comprehensive and intensive educational program for each of our students under the guidance of Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Our curriculum is based on Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS-R) and Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program(VB-MAPP) .Daily living skills, language and social skills, play and leisure skills, as well as self-help and academics are addressed through the Step-wise programming that builds from one to the next. Over the past 7 years, we have positively impacted 400+ children and graduated many of them into regular mainstream schools. We also have an ongoing research collaboration between Binghamton University (State University of New York) and Christ University (Bangalore) and Manipal University (Mangalore) on the treatment plans for children with special needs. We have established Outreach centers in reputed schools here in Bangalore and also provide training/certification to parents, teachers, clinicians and other stakeholders through our e-learning portal.
Headstreams: There has been a significant concern over physical, emotional, cognitive and social development of children and adolescents. An idea that is slowly gaining unanimous support among child development thinkers is the importance of play in human development. At the heart of what Headstreams does is ‘Play’. More than a decade old, Headstreams, a not-for-profit organisation, which envisions “a world where every person has opportunities to realise their inherent potential to live a positive, confident, purposeful and socially productive life.” The organisation is known to be a pioneer in re-imagining learning through play. It creates and facilitates play based learning spaces and self - directed learning spaces in different institutional settings including government schools, low-cost private schools, public libraries, juvenile correctional homes and even in under-served communities. Over the years, Headstreams has created global networks in the fields of play pedagogy, promotion of 21st century life-skills and empowerment of individuals and communities both in education and livelihood. The organisation primarily works with children and youth of marginalised socio-economic backgrounds. Headstreams has directly impacted more than 15000 children, 200 pre-service and government school teachers, 1000 youth including volunteers (corporate), interns and college students, 1000 women from 50 SHGs and initiated over 100 livelihood units. It brings together strengths of its successful and high impact programmes in public schools, public library and observation home and communities, to create a Children’s Library and Activity Program (CLAP). Through problem-solving, project work, play based activities, self-directed learning in government schools/ low -budget schools, Headstreams redefines the library periods available in schools and sets up spaces that encourage learning with fun and preparation for school-to-work transition.
International Play Association (IPA) is an international non-governmental organization whose purpose is to protect, preserve and promote the child’s right to play as recognized in Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. IPA-World has active members in over 50 countries, including IPA-India, which was recently formed in January 2019 through a democratic process with leading play advocates in India. The membership database of IPA-India constitutes of key people from public and private sectors from varied fields including psychology, architecture, planning, development, education and health. In line with IPA-World’s mission, IPA-India strives to bridge academia, practitioners, play-workers and advocates to promote children’s play rights.
To learn more about IPA and member countries, visit: http://ipaworld.org/