Kripa firmly believes that “Understanding students’ strengths, their areas of interests and providing adequate learning opportunities in familiar environments is the key to unfold their potential”.
Kripa Ganesh is primarily a management graduate. She later changed tracks and embarked on a journey with special education. She has since then completed her PG Diploma, B.Ed and M.Ed in Special Education, from Mumbai. She has also completed an online certificate course on Differentiated Instruction from Harvard University.
Prior to joining APL, she has worked in special schools, in Mumbai & Chennai, in the capacities of a Special Educator, Course Coordinator and Research Coordinator. She has been a visiting faculty at special schools, colleges and vocational training centres. As part of a research project, she was instrumental in setting up a resource room for providing therapy and special education services in a slum area in Mumbai. She has also participated in creating awareness on disabilities through street plays, radio shows and write-ups.
She joined APL in 2013 as a Special Education Coordinator, progressed as Deputy Head of the Special Education Department and is currently the Head of the Kamalam Programme, a unit for students working on functional curriculum, launched in June 2021.
In her role as Special Education coordinator, she conducted observations and assessments for students, to make placement decisions. She worked with teachers and parents to empower them with strategies for developing and honing specific skills. She actively supported them by sourcing appropriate resources and hands-on activities that would help
students in their learning.
She has always shown keen interest in planning and conducting the training programs in APL. As the Deputy Head of the Special Education Department, she mentored and supported special education coordinators in developing student specific plans and guiding them in their work with teachers.
In her current role as Head of the Kamalam Programme, she guides the teachers in creating theme-based plans for students focussing on their functional literacy, communications, math, daily living and community living skills. She works closely with therapists and teachers to plan the co-curricular programmes for the students. She focuses on encouraging students to interact with their peers and family, enabling them to participate in community activities and empowering them find their voice; which will improve their self-esteem and make them feel as contributing members in the community.
She is very passionate towards her work and possesses over 12 years of experience in working with children having diverse learning needs.