Foundation and Advance Courses in Halliwick Swimming Method: May 2012

Dear Colleagues,

Here is an announcement from Roshni Gwalior Team for the information of all:

ROSHNI Ramakrishna Ashrama is pleased  to announce that Mrs Beryl Kelsey, an international trainer from the International Halliwick Association is coming to India from the UK, in May 2012, to conduct Foundation and Advanced Courses in the Halliwick Swimming Method, in 3 venues in Northern India as given below:

S No Course Name Date Organizer/ Venue Contact Details
1 Foundation Course


Advanced Course


5th – 8th

May 2012


9th-12thMay 2012


Kiran Village,

Varanasi, UP  India

Mr Ranjeet Singh



E mail:


2 Advanced Course 14th – 17thMay 2012 ROSHNI Ramakrishna Ashrama, Gwalior,  MP.


Mr Vivek Sharma

mob: +91-9893453082




3 Foundation Course 19th – 22ndMay 2012 Physiosolutions,



Karohi Haveli, Outside Chandpole Udaipur – Rajasthan 313001 india

Mr Anna ,








The courses will be presented by Ms. Beryl Kelsey BA RMN RMNS FISTC FISTC (D). Ms. Kelsey is an international trainer of the   International Halliwick Asssociation UK ; and has conducted  training in England, Ireland, Brazil, Poland, Malta, Scotland, Sweden and Croatia. She has been very involved in Halliwick Associations internationally and has written many books published by Halliwick Association of Swimming Therapy AST.

In 2008 Ms Kelsey conducted the Foundation Course in India, in three places Bangalore, Gwalior and Varanasi and a total of 42 people were trained in Halliwick Foundation Course in India. Only  those who have completed the Foundation Course are  eligible for the Advanced Courses inMay 2012.  

ROSHNI Ramakrishna Ashrama will be conducting an Advanced Halliwick Swimming Course from    14 to 17 May, 2012 at Gwalior. The four  days course will involve a combination of theoretical and practical sessions, to thoroughly cover the concepts of Halliwick method of swimming.

We would like to invite you to participate in our upcoming Halliwick Advanced Course.   All health & Rehab professionals, parents and swimming coaches are eligible for the Foundation course Advanced course.

The last date for confirmation of the Foundation and Advanced Courses is 25th April 2012.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope you will join us in helping  people with disabilities enjoy the benefits of swimming and hydrotherapy.



Subhash Chandra Vashishth



Japanese Company turns manual wheelchairs in to Electrical Wheelchairs!

Dear colleagues,

Japanese company WHILL’s eponymous product is one of those things that’s so smart that it’s almost annoying that no one has done this before. WHILL, which debuted recently at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, is a prototype aftermarket drive train that attaches externally to an ordinary wheelchair, augmenting it with electrically powered drive.

The design is simple: two circular hubs–connected by a central bar that goes up and over the seat of the wheelchair–attach to the outside of a wheelchair’s wheels. Powered by a lithium-ion battery, those hubs impart drive to the wheels, making the manual a wheelchair an electrically powered machine. To drive, the user simply leans or pushes on the crossbar, nudging it in the direction he or she wants to go.

A two hour charge can get about 19 miles of distance, and WHILL is no slouch when it comes to speed either, topping out at just more than 12 miles per hour. The device is still in prototype so cost info isn’t yet available, and that will likely be the determining factor dictating whether or not something like this takes off. Regardless, an electric-powered augmentation that amps up an ordinary wheelchair?

Here it is how it looks like:

WHILL via PhysOrg

A novel attachment that is designed for an ordinary wheelchair can turn the chair into a “power-coaster” with electric drive. The transformed manual wheelchair into an electric wheelchair is the result of technology from a Japanese company called WHILL, which is also the name of the technology.


Talk on Autism by Dr. Vikram Dua at National Centre for Autism on 07 April 2010

Dear Friends,

AFA is organising a Talk on Autism delivered by Dr Vikram Dua who is a child and adolescent neuropsychiatrist based in Vancouver, Canada, with a specialized expertise in autism spectrum disorders.

The detailed information received from AFA is as below. Hope many of you would find time to attend this important knowledge sharing event.


SC Vashishth




 The incidence of autism is growing at an alarming, almost epidemic rate. One of the reasons for this is the staggering increase in the number of reported cases of autism. This may be partially due to an increase in awareness and improvements in diagnosis. Can these alone account for the increases that have been observed? Is this indeed autism? As parents and professionals together struggle to make sense of the autism spectrum and the multiple treatment modalities, the talk also highlights the benefits of mainstream and alternate intervention options available. The talk is directed at parents, professionals and to policy makers and all those who have an impact on autism services and research in the country.


Dr Vikram Dua is a child and adolescent neuropsychiatrist based in Vancouver, Canada, with a specialized expertise in autism spectrum disorders. After completing his education through highly respected institutions, including Harvard Medical School, University of Toronto, McMaster University, and the University of Massachusetts, Dr Dua is now on the faculty at the University of British Columbia, and practices out of the BC Children’s Hospital. Dr Dua has been working in the area of autism for more than a decade and is considered a leader in the field in Canada. In addition to a vast amount of clinical work with children and youth with ASD, his accomplishments have included development and writing of the British Columbia Government autism assessment policy, founding and establishing the BC Autism Assessment Network, public awareness, training and education, advocacy, and research. He has given dozens of lectures and workshops to professionals, families, and the general public.

DATE: Wednesday, 07 April 2010
TIMINGS: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
VENUE: The National Centre for Autism Pocket 7 & 8, Jasola Vihar, New Delhi – 110 025
FEES: Rs 50/- for refreshments

Please note that the registrations for the talk will begin at 10:00a.m. and the doors to the conference hall will close at 10:30a.m. We look forward to your participation.

For Further Queries Contact:

Shikha Bhardwaj
Training Coordinator
Action For Autism (AFA)
The National Centre for Autism
Pocket 7 & 8 Jasola Vihar,
New Delhi 110025
Tel: 91 11 4054 0991, 91 11 4054 0992, 91 11 6534 7422

5-Day CRE Course on Early Intervention & School Readiness for Children with Sensory & Multiple Disabilities

Dear Friends,

Our Association has been informed by Ms. Manjula Patankar, Director-ROSHNI that as part of the National Trust Training Programme, ROSHNI Ramakrishna Ashrama will be holding a 5-day Training on Early Intervention & School Readiness for Children with Sensory & Multiple Disabilities – CRE Course. Dr Reena Bhandari, Director, Voice and Vision, Mumbai, a National Resource and Training centre and her team are resource persons for this Course.

The course is a part of Continuous Rehabilitation Education Training programme from Rehabilitation Council of India, funded by the National Trust New Delhi. 

The programe schedule is as below:

Date:         9th  -13th  December 2009

Venue:    Roshni, Ramakrishna Ashrama,  Entrance Jiwaji University Road, Gwalior       

Time:     9:30 a.m. –  4:00 p.m. daily

Course is meant for:

Rehabilitation professionals, therapists and special needs teachers working with people with disabilities, who are interested in extending their knowledge and skills in this area. Candidates with RCI registration preferred; a few seats will be reserved for parents.

Limited number of seats available, apply immediately.

Roshni is looking forward to hearing from you and working with you for training and capacity building to upgrade services for the Rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.

Contact Person:  Vivek Sharma (9893453082),  Ramsevak Baraiya   (9981526616)

Those interested may apply immediately.



SC Vashishth,

Developmental Therapist

For Association of Developmental Therapists of India (ADITI)

Soon, Artificial Sperm and Eggs

Dear friends,

It seems that it would soon be possible to completely route out genes causing illness & disability with the success of researchers in transforming embryonic stem cells in to germ cells.  Happy reading!


SC Vashishth, Developmental Therapist



Soon, Artificial Sperm and Eggs 

November 01, 2009

Researchers have successfully transformed human embryonic stem cells into germ cells in a breakthrough discovery. Germ cells are the embryonic cells that ultimately give rise to sperm and eggs

The breakthrough will allow researchers to observe human germ cells-previously inaccessible-in laboratory dishes.


This achievement opens a new window into what was only recently a hidden stage of human development. Laboratory observation of human germ cells has the potential to yield important clues to the origins of unexplained infertility and to the genesis of many birth defects and chromosomal disorders,” Nature quoted Dr. Susan B. Shurin, acting director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), as saying.

Dr. Reijo Pera, the study’s senior author, explained that the ability to observe germ cells in laboratory cultures opens up several promising new avenues of research.

Although infertility is apparent only after sexual maturity, many forms of unexplained infertility are thought to have their origins in errors that occur in the cells of the early embryo, she said.

The research also advances the prospect of creating synthetic sperm and eggs in the laboratory to allow men and women who make none to have their own genetic children.

This, however, remains at least five years away, and would have to clear significant ethical and safety hurdles. The use of artificial gametes in reproduction was banned in Britain last year. Another potential benefit could be insights into spontaneous genetic mutations that cause disease and disability.

The researchers began with human embryonic stem cells, to which they added a gene that makes a protein which flashes green when a gene found only in germ cells is turned on.

After the embryonic stem cells grew and changed for two weeks, the researchers isolated the cells that flashed green.

The researchers next conducted a variety of tests to confirm that the green fluorescing cells behaved like germ cells.

Once convinced that their cells were in fact germ cells, the researchers turned on and off several candidate genes to see if those genes played a role in the development of stem cells into immature germ cells.

And they found that one candidate gene, called DAZL, was necessary to transform embryonic stem cells into germ cells.

The results of the study were published online in Nature.


ADITI plans to be a resource site too! Any suggestions?

Dear Friends,

ADITI now plans to be a resource site where its members could find information relevant to their professions. It proposes to upload useful content /documents in the field of therapy, rehabilitation,  inclusive education, any new area/technique of therapy etc.

Another proposal received is to make on-line the developmental Kits that we prepared during our course on the relevant subjects. What else you want to add on the site. Please send your suggestions/ even comments if any? 


The ADITI Team