Disability Mainstreaming

People with disabilities are integral part of our society therefore we promote an element of ‘inclusion’ in all our efforts so that we do not miss out representation of any person because of their disability, gender or any other differences. People with disabilities can be included in mainstream development if opportunity and facilitation is provided according to their needs and demand. CHIP has developed a model approach on inclusion of people with disabilities in mainstream development. Under this model, opportunities are provided to PWDs to get included in:

1. Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Health
Opportunities to get equitable access to medical facilities, assistive devices, reduce dependency, gain confidence and live an independent life.

2. Inclusion of Person with Disabilities in Education
Opportunities to get equitable access to learning and academic education through mainstream and special education systems.

3. Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities Livelihoods
Get engaged in livelihood activities and get control over their earning and its utilization.

4. Community Organizations and Community Development
Express needs and demand of people with and without disabilities and participate in joint problem solving.

5. Social, Public and Recreational Activities
Get an equal access to social, public and recreational activities and benefit from public facilities such as disability certificates or special computerized national identity cards.

A simultaneous process is initiated for raising awareness of families and community members on importance of rehabilitation and inclusion of people with disabilities. People in the community are also mobilized and trained to develop more tolerance and acceptance and realize the rights of PWDs to education and employment. Efforts are made to improve self esteem, social acceptance and overall satisfaction and happiness of people with disabilities through various individual level and communal level interventions. Figure 1 explains the timings and processes generally utilized for reaching to final stage of empowerment of people with disabilities. Under this model inclusive community organizations are also formed which encourages membership of people with disabilities as equal members and or office bearers.

This helps enable people with disabilities to participate in communal decision making processes which affect their lives. Our approach is to reach out to as many PWDs as possible. In this regard we also hold consultative workshops to mobilize Disabled Persons Organizations to suggest measures to make the National Action Plan for PWDs more inclusive. It is our aim to raise awareness in the families and neighborhoods of PWDs regarding inclusion and rights of PWDs in social, economic educational, communal and recreational spheres of life.

Our Major Achievements

  • 2083 people with disabilities were medically assessed and rehabilitation services in the form of physiotherapy, training on orientation and mobility, activities of daily living, self-growth and independent living were provided.
  • 269 children were facilitated for continuing their primary education
  • 509 individuals were facilitated to begin income generation and learn vocational skills
  • 379 people with disabilities have been inducted in community organization

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