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Expansion of Rehabilitation Services to the North-Karnataka, supported by CBM

MI initiated the plan of escalating its rehabilitation services to the Northern Districts of Karnataka, in partnership with organisations working with people with disabilities. This initiative of MI was well appreciated by CBM and the support for carrying out the initiative was supported by CBM.

As a part of the initiative, exploratory visits made to Bidar and Devanagari Districts. The scenario of disability and rehabilitation is found to be quite challenging due to lack of organisations working for people with disabilities, inadequate trained personnel and the existing services is unable to meet the rehabilitation needs of the community.

Deepalaya established in 2006, is an organisation is working for people with disabilities in the 30 villages of Bidar District covering 4 to 5 Panchayats. Their activities include education for children with disabilities, functioning of SHGs as well as conducting vocational trainings for the youth and disabled people. According to the observations during the exploratory visit, 4000 people and children are in need of rehabilitation services in Bidar. To cater to the need an effective and structured rehabilitation service provision was proposed by MI in partnership with Deepalaya.

Awareness programs on various kinds of disability and its management were conducted at Bidar and Devanagari for the staff, community members, SHG members and ASHA workers. An assessment and fitment camp was held at Bidar during June, 2016, 48 people were provided with the 85 assistive devices as per their need. 

Sports Meet for Children with Physical Disabilities: Fostering Inclusion and Well-Being 

Disability is both a cause and consequence of poverty and this relationship is even acute in developing nations. 98% of children with disabilities from the developing nations does not get access to education. Persons with disabilities still face stigma, discriminatory attitudes, disempowerment and social and economic marginalisation. The cost of this exclusion is enormous in terms of lost opportunities and poor quality of life for individuals and their families.

The universal popularity of Sport, its physical, social and economic development benefits makes it an ideal tool for reducing the stigma associated with disability. Sport changes community’s perceptions of persons with disabilities by focusing attention on their abilities. 

MI hosted an ‘Interschool Athletic Meet for Children with Physical Disabilities’ on 23rd June, 2016 at Kittur Rani Chenamma Stadium, Bangalore.  The program was conducted in collaboration with the TCS Digital Enterprise Unit as part of their Para Vista initiative to promote Para Sports at Grassroot level for PwDs. Karnataka Welfare Association Board and Samarthanam Trust actively supported towards making the program a grand success.

78 Children with Disabilities from the community projects of MI exhibited their talents in the Shot Put, Javelin Throw and 100 Meter Race arranged as a part of the event. The children were sportive and active throughout the event and seeing the children enjoying to the fullest made the parents very happy.

Addressing the gathering Ms Albina Shankar, Director, MI mentioned “There are no winners or losers. Everyone who participated despite of their disability is a winner”.

Mr Vineet Tripathi, Delivery Centre Head of Digital Enterprise Unit of TCS Bangalore expressed his happiness on successful conduct of this event. He reiterated his commitment to continue supporting such events.

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