Relief for persons with spinal cord injuries (SCI)

Spinal Cord Injury Project

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In 2003, APD initiated a rehabilitation program for people with spinal cord injuries (SCI). Today, 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 SCI

Our Aim

To rehabilitate economically marginalised people with spinal cord injuries (PSCI)

The APD road map

  1. Have Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Centres (SRC), in Banglore, Magadi and Koppala
  2. Koppala Provide healthcare, therapy and capacity building sessions for people with spinal cord injuries
  3. Capacity building sessions for caregivers, SRC staff and people associated with SCI
  4. Ensure social inclusion and increase mobility of people with spinal cord injuries (PSCI) by providing suitable mobility aids & training
  5. Educate and provide vocational training to people with spinal cord injuries so they can earn their livelihood
  6. Work with the government to ensure required resource deployment (the government allocates 3% of its budget for people with disabilities [PWD])
  7. Build and strengthen the Spinal Injury Association (SIA)
  8. Develop and publish awareness materials about SCI
  9. Network with employers and ensure livelihood opportunities

Execution of the program

The process of comprehensive rehabilitation is complex. The following steps broadly classify how it can be achieved:

  • Identification of people with SCI
  • Medical intervention through networking with hospitals and doctors
  • Post-surgery intervention with doctors and related professionals for providing mobility aids
  • Provide mental stability to the patient and family members through professional counsellors or psychotherapist/psychiatrist in acute cases
  • Revival of hope and aspiration through education and exposure
  • Resume social contact and interaction through periodic get-togethers, residential camps, sports and recreational activities
  • Help them get back a sense of self-reliance through formation of self-help groups supported with legal and alternate career counselling
  • Networking with other NGOs for training, transfer of skills & expertise and building a capacity to handle SCI cases similar to theirs
  • Social Rehabilitation Centres impart various functional skills, vocational training and education that help people with spinal cord injuries be economically independent and more social
  • Training & updating the APD field staff and maintenance of dedicated staff for this program
  • Preparation and distribution of relevant materials and literature on prevention, management and rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injuries