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Enabling the Differently Abled
Arpana’s program for the community based empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) completed its 5th year by end March 2018.
Intensive Training to Build Skills is made so that PwDs can maintain records and conduct their meetings independently.
Federation of DPOs
The Federation of all 46 DPOs, is integrating the differently abled into the community and monitoring the functioning of DPOs. The Federation elects its own leaders and holds monthly and annual meetings.
3 committees track medical certificates, medical insurance, education of children and financial issues and providing loans.
DPO Leaders Meet Government Officers
Arpana’s efforts include liaison with government officials. Every quarter, DPO leaders from different villages visit government offices in their blocks.
Inclusive and Joyful Village Festivals are held in villages and all children with disabilities are invited to participate in games, races and painting competitions.
Health Concerns: Surveys are undertaken in villages to identify persons with disabilities. For instance, 127 persons with hearing and speech impairment were identified in 2017 and received medical checkups sponsored by Arpana.
Children Race – Bursting with Energy!
Entitlements & Benefits: Taking the Lead
DPO leaders have ensured that many disabled persons gain access to their rightful entitlements.
Shri Shoe Singh, who accompanies the differently abled to facilitate processing of documents for pensions, says,
“This is a service I am able to perform because of training at Arpana. It gives me great pleasure because I know from experience, the fears, hesitation and ignorance which cripples those already affected by disabilities.”