Today, people with disability no longer consider themselves helpless. Apart from special education and employment programs, a lot of people with disability are choosing to become independent. These 7 technologies help them become just that.
A driverless car still in development by Google could transform safe transportation for not just the blind, but also for others with physical or mental disability. Using artificial intelligence, Google Street View and a complex setup of sensors and cameras mounted onto the car, this self driving car is a futuristic dream.
A highly sophisticated and functional prosthetic arm for soldiers and people with amputations is exactly what you may need. Lightweight, precise and completely customisable, this robotic art comes with modular components and is designed to suit the individuals dimensions and needs. The arm also features sensory feedback system that allows the wearer to use it like an ordinary arm.
Self balancing wheelchairs that can climb stairs is a big step in making people with disability more independent. While there are numerous places that offer special wheelchair access, stairs continue to dominate most buildings. This particular wheelchair design is based on the Segway and offers complete independence and safety to the user. Sometimes it is even called the ATV of the wheelchair world!
Engineer Dennis Hong is designing a special car that can be driven by visually impaired people. With the integration of cameras, sensors and multiple computer systems, the car is capable of observing the surroundings and offering alternative sensory input to guide the driver. Vibration signals through the seat or gloves in addition to alerts and alarms can make this a practical and safe alternative for the blind.
Cochlear implants have been a boon to the hearing impaired. Acting more than just another hearing aid, the cochlear implant picks up audio through a microphone which is then beamed into a small device placed behind the ear. This signal is then converted to digital and sent to the implant. When received the device stimulates auditory nerves to provide clear, crisp hearing.
For visually impaired people, travelling alone can be challenging. With the possibility of bumping into objects or people, getting disoriented and taking the wrong turn, personal navigation devices come to the rescue. With a small GPS device placed on the person, it creates an audio output with location and direction. Users can also save locations and directions for frequently used routes for future reference.
Eye tracking speech systems like the DynaVox EyeMax are indispensible tools in helping severely disabled people communicate. Ideal for individuals with cerebral palsy, paralysis and stroke victims who are temporarily or permanently limited in mobility, this system uses eye movements to create words, phrases and sentences. With a sophisticated tracking systems, users can interact with translated speech. The system also has a large database of common words and phrases that can be used with a few commands.
About 44% of people with disabilities are women. They have limited opportunities and are denied most of their basic rights. The Horticulture Training Center at APD has worked with and trained several people to manage women with disabilities.Read More >>
The development of people with disabilities is considered a part of the overall development of their families and local community.Read More >>
APD recognizes that the size and complexity, not to mention the urgency, of the challenge of rehabilitating millions of people with disabilities spread across the country, is too large for any one organization.Read More >>
APD provides financial, technical and management advice to several community organizations that work as viable interfaces between persons with disability and local authorities.Read More >>
APD’s Urban Advocacy work in Bengaluru and municipalities of Kolar, Bagalkot, Chikkaballapur and Bidar includes helping people claim rightful benefits under the laws of education, livelihood, mobility assistance, transport concessions and housing schemes.Read More >>
Therapeutic care is an essential part of the rehabilitation process that helps in regaining strength, relearning skills or finding new ways to perform day-to-day activities.Read More >>
In Karnataka, an estimated 7.2 lakh youth with disabilities in the age group 16 to 35, with no employable skills or relevant education, require livelihood support to ensure a life of independence and self sufficiency.Read More >>
Bangalore Urban has a very high drop-Out rate of Children with Disability from mainstream schools. Sarva Siksha Abhyan (SSA) estimates a mere 25% of those who start out in Class I, stay on in school, till Class X.Read More >>
APD is a pioneer in setting up rural, community-based livelihood programs. Youth with disabilities from economically backward strata have benefitted from these opportunities.Read More >>
The APD Industrial Training Centre offers vocational training programmes recognized by the NCVT (National Council of Vocational Training) scheme of the Department of Employment and Training, Government of India.Read More >>
Retaining children with disabilities in schools is a huge problem and we see 60-70% of them drop out after primary education.Read More >>
APD’s Early Intervention Program aims to identify disability and malnutrition at the initial stages and provide suitable aids and a holistic treatment. This is to ensure that children reach their maximum potential for development in these early years.Read More >>
APD’s Community Learning Centre program has been operational since 2007. We enroll children from surrounding urban slums and low income families.Read More >>
Shradhanjali Integrated School, founded in 1973, is a recognized primary school up to Class VII under the SSLC Board, with a capacity to educate up to 200 children. The school maintains an 80:20 ratio of children with disabilities and the non-disabled to promote inclusion.Read More >>
APD aims at ensuring inclusive growth, skills development initiatives are being undertaken across various sectors, to meet the demand for skilled manpower by training youth in short term courses including soft skills.Read More >>
In the last 10 years, we have reached out to almost 2000 people with mental illness through targeted activities like identification, providing access to mental health care and social & economic rehabilitation.Read More >>
APD’s Assistive Devices unit has been producing custom aids and appliances, since 1982, to meet the emerging needs of persons with disability. About 3000 PWDs assessed by the internal therapy unit or identified in rural or special orthopaedic camps, are provided each year.Read More >>
APD is the only organisation which has various comprehensive, structured and community-based programs for people with spinal cord injuries (PSCI). Currently, we have the capacity to annually rehabilitate 360 people suffering with SCIRead More >>