APD provides financial, technical and management advice to several community organizations that work as viable interfaces between persons with disability and local authorities. This includes the generic State Disability Collective and three disability specific federations that focus on special needs.
The far reaching effects of this community leadership programme became apparent when five members of the disability federation in Sindangi Taluk in Bijapur District, came forward to contest in the Village Panchayat elections. Two candidates, both with locomotor disability, were elected as panchayat members.
Not only did this change their lives – giving them recognition, confidence and dignity, but they immediately began to take on issues relating to PWDs, promoting rights under the Disability Act and ensuring access to government schemes. More importantly, their success changed perceptions about PWDs amongst the villagers.
Sindangi Taluk has four activists from the State Disability Collective working with over 1200 PWDs across 96 villages. APD played a crucial role in motivating the candidates and helping them in the campaign process, instructing them on the importance of having PWDs in representative positions and bringing forth examples of other PWDs who had become panchyath members. A classic case of “helping the people help themselves”.
With over 6000 members, the State Disability Collective is active in the districts of Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Bijapur and Davangere in Karnataka. Conceived, in collaboration with CRY, as a forum to promote leadership and self advocacy among the rural PWDs, it now operates through a hierarchical network of Village, Panchayat, Taluk and District Federations. APD has helped the collective build resources and skills to work in the following areas:
Lobbying for the rights of persons with spinal injury, the association has reached nearly 700 beneficiaries in five districts in Karnataka. The focus is on ensuring mobility, access to health care and entitlements under prevailing legislations.
Through the efforts of the Spinal Injury Association:
The statistics are brutal.
Estimates claim that about 1% of the Indian population suffers from some form of mental illness. Any average highway village is supposed to have 3-4 people with mental illness. And there are reportedly just 3500 psychiatrists and 2600 other mental health professionals including psychologists and nurses available in the system.
Bengaluru, Garden city turned Silicon Valley, ranks #1 in suicide rates in the country- a sober manifestation of severe mental illness. The answer however, does not lie in finding these people and locking them away in institutions. More and more, it has being proved that sensitized communities are the ideal place for healing and rehabilitating PWMIs. The Persons with mental illness and Caregivers Association supports over 800 people in Bengaluru and Kolar. The association:
Recently APD initiated the State Deaf Federation to kick start activities relating to the special needs of people with Speech and Hearing impairment.
Critical issues such as the non availability of sign language interpreters in the community and lack of access to audiology equipment and clinics will be address by the federation as it strengthens its network and presence in the community.
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