COMMUNITY BASED REHABILITATION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITY: CBR FOUNDATION, BANGALORE WITH FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM LFW, AUSTRIA
ACRD has been working for the differently-abled with a focus on their health, education, livelihood, social and economic empowerment in two Blocks of Kamrup district – Rani and Chandrapur. The Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) programme in Rani Block was started 2015 to facilitate persons with disabilities for their inclusion and participation in society through a rights based approach.
The project is being funded by Collective Action for Basic Rights Foundation, Bangalore, with financial support from Light for World (LFW), Germany.
CBR Programme at Rani Block:
The CBR programme - Empowerment and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Rani Block of Kamrup (Rural) district began in April, 2015 - with the aim to facilitate inclusion and participation of disabled people in the society.
The aim of the project is to empower disabled people to assert their rights and avail the benefits/schemes of the government that they are entitled to. And to be a part of the society in all its aspects – social, education, livelihood and health. ACRD has facilitated people with disabilities to form village level, Panchayat and Block level Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs), so that they are able to address their own issues and assert their rights. ACRD has also helped them merge with the mainstream society and live life with dignity and respect.
Under this programme, 20 Village Level Disabled People’s Organization (VDPO), 3 Panchayat Level DPO and 1 Block Level DPO have been formed. More than 50% disabled people have received disability certificates , disability aids such as wheel chairs, tri-cycles, hearing aids, mobility canes, crutches, smart phones, kits for mentally retarded etc, through Artificial Limb Manufacturing Corporation (ALIMCO), Composite Regional Centre (CRC) etc. More than 30 children with disabilities have been enrolled in schools and over 20 have been given rehabilitation services. We have also facilitated around 10 % of the disabled persons identified through the programme to earn a regular income. The DPO members are being imparted training on a livelihood suitable to them. A village level DPO has already started earning income by cultivating seasonal crops. Through our sustained efforts, disabled people in the Block are raising their issues and taking necessary action for their social and economic inclusion in the society.
A CBR field worker giving home-based support to a Child with Disability (CWD)
CBR Programme at Chandrapur Block:
The CBR programme at Chandrapur Block of Kamrup (Metro) was implemented in 2008. The programme ended in March 2017 after successful implementation and phase out. A total of 414 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) were identified during the duration of the programme. To ensure sustainability of the programme after its completion, ACRD facilitated in forming 10 Mother’s Group and 20 Children’s Club, who continue to carry the learnings from the programme and implement them in their children’s lives.
ACRD’s intervention for the inclusion of disabled people’s in their communities in the project area has met with success, because through the DPOs formed under the programme, disabled people are now realising their rights and are able to access different government schemes. They are also raising their concerns by actively participating in the society. The programme has also helped many disabled people find a voice, become independent and self reliant through the various livelihood activities facilitated by ACRD. There is also a better awareness in the community and at the local level about the rights of disabled people.
Livelihood activities of village level DPOs
ACRD intiated to receive financial support by PWDs from Karunadhara.
State level federation of persons with disabilities (SELF)
A state level Disabled People’s Organisation (SDPO) was formed in 2014 with DPO leaders from five NGO partners of Collective Action for Basic Rights Foundation (CBRF) in Assam. The federation was formed to address and raise issues of disabled people and take them up with the government machinery for changes at the policy level. Till date, over 1,928 PWDs have been inducted into the SDPO. The DPO leaders meet regularly to discuss various issues and hold interface meetings with key government officials from various departments, like Social Welfare, Education, Health, Rural and Urban Development, for better laws and implementation of welfare schemes for the disabled.
Key SDPO leaders meet Disability Commissioner, P.R. Gharphalia to submit a memorandum seeking addressal of issues of disabled people in the state
Key SDPO leaders meet Krishna Das, Chairperson, Assam State Social Welfare Board