Help for people with disabilities
– A task for society as a whole
Whether sight, hearing, speech or mobility impairments, mental illness, and psychological and other disabilities – disabled people are particularly challenged in everyday life and often require special support. In India, these people have a lobby that has been active for several years. A separate department at the Indian Ministry of Social Justice addresses their concerns. This department wants to integrate people with disabilities more closely into society.
They should be given better opportunities to take part in working and social life to earn their own living and to have a say. They need to be provided with tools and family, teachers and other people assisting and helping them learn how to deal with the limitations appropriately. According to the Ministry, the attitude of Indians also needs to change so that people with disabilities are regarded as full members of society.
This task also calls for the commitment of civil society organisations. wortundtat has found a partner that is involved in this area and whose commitment is shaped by Christian fundamental values. Cooperation has been planned for several years.
Our partners in India
All photos on this page are illustrative only and – unless otherwise shown – are not related to projects.
People with disabilities need support
– especially important in rural areas
- The issue of inclusion is largely ignored and infrastructure – roads, public buildings, educational institutions and local public transport, etc. – is virtually unprepared.
- In the still broad social strata, in which the caste system is especially pronounced, disability is regarded as a consequence of divine punishment. This affects both people without and with disabilities alike: Some look down on others and people with limitations have low self-esteem.
The spotlight is on women and children with disabilities
– making inclusion possible
In addition, people are provided with tools that make learning and taking part in life easier for them or even enabling them to do this for the first time. Help may be a wheelchair, glasses, a hearing aid or any other kind of help. The underlying idea: if entry barriers into society are overcome using appropriate tools, people with disabilities will have the same opportunities as people who are not so limited.
India – Living with disabilities
Current reports from our projects
Saade, a 35-year-old Afghan, learns to read and write for the first time in her life with our partner in Greece. This opens up a whole new world for her.
You can get an overview of all the work of the Hilfswerk with the annual magazine. Read it online or download it.
The family meeting center “Star in the North” celebrates a belated birthday. Former visitor reports on the importance of the “Star” for his development as a child.