New Initiatives

Innovation in the Disability Sector

Since its inception in 1959, The Association of People with Disability (APD) has been working for the holistic rehabilitation of people with disabilities of the underprivileged societies. The New Initiatives Program brings in innovation for better ways to enable, empower and equip children with disability (CwD) and people with disability (PwD).
A recent highlight is the team’s collaboration with UNICEF and the Women and Child Development Department (and NGOs, special schools and RSO partners) to develop an institutional policy for children with disability (CwD). APD also collaborated with ADI and UNESCO to influence the education policy of Karnataka.
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While the state of people with disability is much better today than a decade ago, there are impediments to their progress. One of these is the attitude of the able-bodied. People with disability are often the subject of pity, hardly a useful reaction. Acceptance and support would be far more appropriate. 

The Awareness Park is APD's initiative to sensitize children (aged 8-14 years, to begin with) to what disability really means. The park will be developed over 2 acres of land in the horticulture campus of APD. It will be a museum as well as an experiential centre where visitors are exposed to disability. Children being the torchbearers of tomorrow are the perfect receptacle of knowledge, capable of influencing elders and eventually leading society. 

Students from various schools will experience the park, engage in fun activities and build an acute awareness of disability.


Prerana is an online model for rehabilitation and education in the districts. Currently, trainees have to travel from various districts to attend the sessions at the designated centre. While this model is helpful for remote learning, it increases overheads such as the accommodation, food and travel costs of trainees. 

APD plans to make Prerana more effective by making it mobile.  A mobile unit, hosted in a van or even a scooter, and equipped with a screen can be used to train small groups of 20-25 people at their locations. Mobility will also enable timely and frequent training, augmenting the impact of programs greatly in districts.