When governments put their weight behind a project by galvanizing their bureaucracy, by flexing their financial muscle, by organizing conferences and by charting out a definite course of action, more often than not, the program is bound to have a greater chance of success. For, they possess the resources to provide the necessary impetus required for the program to start rolling, sustain the momentum and run sustained campaigns to ensure the success of the project.
This is not to suggest that the very participation of the government ensures success. The rate of success in government-backed schemes has been a mixed bag. However, the Green Revolution and White Revolution in India have managed to bring about great socio-economic changes in the society. The key takeaway from these successes is that mass movements require people’s active participation in to succeed. It is the single most critical challenge the government faces.
Government of India’s ‘Accessible India’ initiative aims to make the country disabled-friendly. As a first step, over 100 buildings across 50 big cities of the country would be selected to provide specialised elevators, wheelchair ramps and other disabled-friendly facilities. This would be followed up by providing sign language training and equipment to people with hearing and speech problems. Specially-abled people would be given motorised tricycles and wheelchairs, skill training and access to easy loans to help set up own businesses.
The disabled people can make meaningful contributions to the society in their own way. Enterprise and skills, they do not lack in, if given a little help and the right opportunities. Private initiatives by organizations like the APD have managed to bring some relief to this marginalized section of the society through their ‘Give Wings’ campaign. But it requires a sustained effort to change mindsets. The private initiatives need to be backed and encouraged by elected governments. When you consider the fact there are a good number of children who are either disabled themselves or have parents with special needs, the issue assumes urgency. They are our tomorrow. Let us give them a chance to, educate themselves. develop skills, and attain independence through easy mobility. Let this initiative set an example to bring in more disabled-friendly legislations, facilities and opportunities.
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 >>