Poverty is the critical issue for people with disabilities, and within the category ‘people with disabilities’, some groups of people are considerably more likely to be poor than others. For example, women with disabilities are not just more likely to be poor but also due to marginalization and exclusion, more likely to experience extreme poverty. Mainstream approaches to poverty alleviation frequently marginalize or ignore the rights of people with disabilities. SRADHA’s approach is Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) to ensure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as all other community members. This includes, for example, equal access to health care, education, skills training, employment, family life, social mobility and political empowerment.
Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)
One of the key objectives of SRADHA’s Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) strategy is the inclusion of people with disabilities in the civil, social, political and economic structures of the community. This means people with disabilities playing a full part as citizens of their society with the same rights, entitlements and responsibilities as others, while contributing tangible benefits to the whole community. SRADHA has identified the following aspects of CBR that need to be strengthened to make programmes more effective:
SRADHA has built a common cross-disability platform in Sundargarh, Jharsugudaand Sambalpur districts for sharing of concerns by disabled people from all the corners of the districts and to build a joint strategy for a cohesive disability movement with the state and the national network.