We are proud to announce that HCI /ASSA has won the 1st prize for 2022 from Assistive Tech Foundation.
Wheelchair with Bilateral AFO
CP Chair with Standing Frame
What Is This Program?
More than 5000 children and youth with various disabilities at Amar Seva Sangam, India, are supported by Handi-Care Intl. Many of them need essential mobility devices and equipment which they cannot afford. This includes hearing aids, walkers, wheelchairs, supportive chairs, orthotics, magnifiers, standing boards and other assistive technology. This program helps children, youth and young adults with disabilities in rural India obtain the equipment they need.
According to The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF): “any product, instrument, equipment or technology adapted or specially designed for improving the functioning of a person with a disability." Research Work by Canadians - PPT file
Handi-Care Intl. conducted a campaign for Assistive devices in 2020 and thanks to all our donors and funders, we provided a total of 752 pieces of equipment, ranging from power wheelchairs to orthotics and enabled 500 persons with disabilities to gain mobility and functionality.
Why Have This Program?
Assistive equipment are an integral part of the overall rehabilititation and providing patients with these devices at the right stage of their development will not only make the other aspects of therapy more efficient, it will reduce caregiver strain considerably as well as enhance school enrollment.
There are no suitable government aid programs in India to assist people with disabilities to purchase such equipment that are custom made based on a proper needs assessment and individualized measurements. Jeff and Giovanna Boniface, two Occupational Therapists from Canada who volunteered at Amar Seva Sangam (ASSA) in 2017 and 2019 along with their son, Luciano and daughter Vincenza saw a great need for provision of equipment and assistive devices / technology to allow people with disabilities to maximize their function and reach their potential.
With the support of Bonifaces, Handi-Care Intl, set up the program in 2019 to support young adults with disabilities through provision of assistive devices. After the program showed significant improvement in the functioning of our clients, leading them to independent lives, the program was expanded to include children in home / village based rehabilitation programs at our partner organizations in India.
How Does The Program Work?
Our rehabilitation programs are unique and globally recognized. Our partner organizations in India are implementing both centre and home based therapy services by qualified therapists. When a patient is identified with an imminent need for an assistive device such as a wheelchair, walker, hearing aid, etc. it is brought to the attention of the program coordinator who in turn submits an application to HCI with details of the patient, his/her needs, the impending benefits and the patient's or families ability to contribute to the cost. A review board at HCI studies each application and upon approval, it is brought out for funding request.
How Can You Help?
By donating to this program, you are helping people with disabilities obtain custom designed equipment that is essential for them to be more functional and maximize their therapy outcome.
Monetary donations are most preferred so that local equipment can be procured. Though some items such as walkers, wheelchairs are donated from Canada we rarely get any pediatric equipment and local procurement of equipment allows for greater customization and future adjustments.
ASSA in India has their own Orthotics Unit, where they are able to make “Ankle Foot Orthotics” (AFO) and “Knee Ankle Foot Orthotics” (KAFO) that are custom designed for each patient. This not only keeps the cost to a bare minimum, but allows for adjustments as the child’s condition changes.
We request your support for this much needed program. The list of beneficiaries and their requirements are listed below. Please select a child and click the "Donate Now" button, personalized for each child or choose "General Donation". You have an option to select multiple children by checking the boxes next to the donate buttons.
Target : $ 58000
Raised to date : $ 450 (02-Dec-2022)