APD Profile

From a passive existence to a meaningful life

For the last 52 years, APD has worked on the comprehensive rehabilitation of economically marginalized people with disabilities.

Through grassroots rural and urban community programmes that include therapeutic services, mobility aids, integrated education, advocacy and livelihood training; APD has been able to transform the lives of over 28000 persons with disability.

With an estimated 70 million persons with disability in India, APD is among organizations that are at the forefront of the urgent, nationwide movement to overcome the growing challenge to support, rehabilitate and include people with disability into mainstream economy and social life.

Vision, Mission and Values


‘Equality and Justice for People with Disability’


To enable and empower all stakeholders:

                                                                                            *  Ensure opportunities
                                                                                            *  Promote inclusion
                                                                                            *  Access to rights and entitlements



                                                      Ethical Values                             Functional Values

                                                                          *  Integrity                                                         *  Diversity
                                                                          *  Love and Care                                             *  Team Work
                                                                         *  Commitment                                                 *  Innovation
                                                                         *  Transparency                                               *  User-focused


Program Highlights


APD offers schooling to 273 children with disability from Kindergarten to Class VII at our integrated school and community learning centres. Additionally we reach 1570 children in urban and rural communities and ensure their inclusion in mainstream schools.

Training and Employment:

Over 6000 youth are provided training, higher education and livelihood support through our Industrial training centre and Information technology training courses, community programmes and local mainstream institutions.

Therapeutic services:

Through our physiotherapy, spinal cord injury and orthotic units we provide therapeutic intervention, aids and appliances to over 6000 disabled people.

 Horticulture Units:

We have two horticulture units at Jeevan Bhima Nagar and Kyalasanahalli that train over 70 disabled youth in gardening and landscaping through a rigorous 10 month residential course.

People’s Organizations and Advocacy:

Through promotion of local self-help groups and active lobbying at the local, regional and national level, our advocacy programme seeks to empower people with disability and enable them to access resources. Over 11200 persons have benefitted from several initiatives that include formation of disability collectives, RTI petitions, public hearings and community awareness programmes.

 Resource Support to Organizations (RSO):

Our RSO programme works with partner organizations, providing training and financial support to enable them to take on disability work in their communities. The programme reaches over 1400 persons through 6 NGO partners.

District Disability Programme:

APD has expanded its geographical footprint by commencing work in three districts in Karnataka – Chikkaballapur, Davangere and Bijapur.

In these districts, APD will work with the existing resources and systems to strengthen government agencies, NGOs and other people’s organizations over a period of four to five years; thereby ensuring that sustainable disability work can be carried on for inclusion of persons with disability in the age group 0-35 in mainstream education, health and livelihood services

Awards and Recognition

2011: Indian NGO award for the best NGO in the medium category in South India. The award process was supported by Rockfeller Foundation and facilitated by The Resource Alliance.

2011:  Best NGO in the disability space in Karnataka, awarded by the State Government

2011: Shree Basaveshwara Award for exemplary work in the field of disability from Shree Ambayya Swamy Prathibha Prathisthana, Lakshmeshwar, Gadag

2011: Highest Fundraising NGO at the TCS World 10K event in Bangalore

2008: Our website www.apd-india.org won the Website of the Year awardin the Non-profit Organizations category. The award was given by Metrix Lab, a global Online Market Research company

2007: Kempe Gowda award for service in the field of disability awarded by the state of Karnataka.