People with disabilities (PWDs) by being the main actors in the process of their own development ascertain equal rights and opportunities and access resources and services from government, voluntary and other organizations for leading a quality life with identity and human dignity resisting and overcoming the social stigma and discrimination associated with disability.
Persons with disabilities represent the poorest of the poor especially in rural areas. Because of their disability, they are isolated and discriminated in the family and community in terms of property, education, health, income and all other socio-economic rights.
Persons with disabilities constitute 2.13% of the total population of India as per the Census of 2001 (2.19 crores) and of them 42.46% are women (93.01 Lakhs).
Generally rehabilitation services are mostly confined to cities and major towns while such services are not available to people in rural areas and small towns. Even a majority of parents in cities and major towns are unable to access rehabilitation services due to lack of awareness, poor financial conditions and attitudes of parents/family members towards their disabled children. One of the biggest challenges faced by civil society is to provide rehabilitation services to those who are yet to receive them in India’s villages and small towns. RDT has been working with people with disabilities since 1987.
- 1239 children with disability are pursuing their special education and rehabilitation training at 17 Residential Centres both primary and secondary level run by RDT in 7 locations
- 325 children who were pursuing their primary and secondary education in government schools at village level were given assistance in the form of school materials.
- A total of 26,116 persons with disability comprised of 15,466 male and 10,650 female are the members of 2122 SHGs spread across 2570 project villages in Ananthapuram district by 31.03.2015.
- 58 Mandal Federations with 660 executive members and District Federation comprised of 15 executive members are constituted and they primarily work on government resource mobilization, protection of rights and deal with the issues of violence/ discrimination against PWDs.
- 21 intellectual disability children are trained by RDT in Athletics, Football, Badminton and Bocce games had secured 26 medals comprised of 10 Gold, 14 Silver and 2 Bronze in Asia Pacific Special Olympics held in Australia
- As many as 1859 SHGs having a membership of 23324 members are running their mini-bank with their own savings up to 31.03.2015 and their cumulative savings reached an amount of Rs.10,45,00,318.
- Members representing SHGs of PWDs are mobilizing institutional loans under various self-employment schemes. The cumulative loan taken by members from various sources for their income generating activities stands at Rs.39,13,95,765 up to 31.03.2015.
- 2061 Ortho surgeries were carried out up to the end of March, 2015
- 51601 aids and appliances were provided to PWDs up to the end of March, 2015
- 246 women/girls with disabilities making their livelihood through Handicrafts up to the end of March,2015