Over 8% of India’s population are people with disabilities. Within that, over a period, there has been an increase in people with severe disabilities such as cerebral palsy, congenital deformity, spinal cord injury, stroke, amputation, and Parkinsonism. Around 55% of people with disabilities are thus inflicted which makes them absolutely immobile and totally dependent on others. They are either treated with sympathy or pity or ignored and neglected. One of the most basic requirements of these people is an assistive or an adaptive device that will render them mobility and thereby access to other available opportunities to rebuild their lives.
The assistive or adaptive device quality and services in India are far from being satisfactory. Consequent to inappropriate design, low cost and sub-standard materials, and inadequate service facilities most often the users face a lot of adverse impacts on their general health. Such assistive or adaptive equipment at times, end up being a burden rather than a facilitator.
About our Organization
APD stands for promoting an inclusive ecosystem, by enhancing the capacities of NGO partners, government officials, caregivers, and other stakeholders. Currently, we reached out with direct service to around 30,000 people with disabilities and have done capacity building and sensitization for 28000 people in 2019-20. APD is focused on building an eco-system by enhancing the capacities of NGO partners, government officials, caregivers, and other stakeholders.
Our key programs are
· Early Intervention and Early Education for 0-8 years of age
· Inclusive Education for 03-18 years of age
· Vocational Rehabilitation & Livelihood training for 18-35 years of age
· Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation and Research across all ages
· Multi-Disciplinary Disability Rehabilitation programs addressing all disabilities
· Assistive and Adaptive technology unit –Orthotics, Prosthesis, Wheelchair, accessibility, etc
· Institute of Disability Rehabilitation and Research
· Community Mental Health
· Policy Advocacy, Government interface, and strategic partner management