It has not been easy to get the benefits from the government. It was due to the advocacy done through the organization and like-minded ngo’s and persons. We have spoken and written about the cause of the persons with disabilities in all available fora in the government and ngo sector. Various provisions were done to include the concerns of the persons with disabilities due to this. Provision job, houses, ration card, pension, travel facility etc were all results of the advocacy work of the society.
Special program for hiv infected persons with disabilities
Sumanahalli is the only center in the country that offers special programme for the hiv affected persons with disabilities. We have a residential programme for such persons called support. Medical, pshychological and economic programmes of rehabilitation along with vocational training is provided in the center. It is a 40 bedded center. HIV patiets who are also mentally retarded, mentally ill and other forms of disabilities are taken care here. We have so far taken care of over 1000 persons of this background so far
Information, Education and Commnication ProgramsAwareness programmes were organized in and around bangalore to promote the awareness about the different aspects of disabilities. Over 3.4 million people were covered through this programme. A team of 32 people are involved in this programme. Special target groups for this programme are the slum dwellers, rural villages, the government school children and women.
Audio visual programs, group activities, inter personal communication etc were the activities undertaken for this. Public campaigns like walkathon, posters and street plays were used for this