Disability, be it physical or mental, has been largely misunderstood by many. While some fail to understand the condition, others might be insensitive to it. Then there are some who believe that disability is a curse.
According to the World Health Organisation, the term disability is an umbrella term for any type of physical or mental impairments, participation restrictions and activity limitations. It mainly refers to any impairments, be they physical, psychological and mental, that affects participation and normal functioning of individuals in the societal structure and can be caused by environmental, genetic or personal factors. The term disability is precisely used when encountering basic difficulty in performing physical tasks like walking and facing discrimination in social situation like employment, transportation, education etc.
To ensure sustainable development of economies on the whole, it is very important to treat this social agenda with seriousness. When people with disability are given the tools to self dependence and skill sets, they can act as contributing members to society and the economy, making them more valuable. Disabilities caused by various factors like accidents, aging, illness, hereditary or genetic diseases often affect the health conditions of those affected.
Social development and disability often go hand in hand. When people with disability are lower on the priority list, they are more likely to live in poverty without basic amenities and rights like housing, education and healthcare. Similarly, the increasing incidence of poverty can give rise to disability owing to the inability to afford treatment. This is a never ending cycle that can only be stopped when people with disability are allowed to become educated and employed. giving them opportunities to healthcare, nutrition and social interaction. When this doesn't happen, disability can become worse and affect the economic and social wellbeing of the individual and their family.
Children with disability cannot reach school and adults with disability will be limited to their wheelchairs or homes. With additional employment and educational opportunities for young and old people with all disability, this problem can be corrected over time. Access to transport, medical care, social interaction and employment can give rise to income and increase their quality of life.
While there are several benefits and welfare options given to persons with disabilities bygoverning bodies, they are often marginalised by society. Exclusion of the disabled is seen as a cultural norm and often associated with religious beliefs, especially those of being cursed. Families with disabled members in rural societies often blame the mother for birthing a child with disability and often use harsh ways to ill-treat them.
However, things are looking up slowly, albeit surely. With advanced medical and healthcare options, special schools, vocational training and increased presence of non-profit organisations, the lives of people with disability are improving in all sectors of society. With the intention of teaching individuals about living with their limitations while learning new skills, people with disability today are more independent than ever.
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 >>