Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) focuses on enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families, meeting basic needs and ensuring inclusion and participation. CBR was initiated in the mid-1980s but has evolved to become a multi-sector strategy that empowers persons with disabilities to access and benefit from education, employment, health and social services. CBR is implemented through the combined efforts of people with disabilities, their families, organizations and communities, relevant government and non-government health, education, vocational, social and other services.
Rehabilitation services in CBR
The CBR project functions to facilitate medical and surgical intervention through Government hospitals to enhance functional level of PwDs. Other components include programs such as education, vocational training which aims at enhancing the professional skills of the beneficiaries. ASRA facilitates provision of Aids and Assistive devices to PwDs at nominal or no charges through networking with Government organizations and partner NGOs. Aids and Appliances such as caliper, KAFO, AFO, brace and etc. are fabricated in ASRA’s Workshop located at ARTC, Uttam Nagar, New Delhi. ASRA assists in registration of beneficiaries in special employment exchanges and in Vocational Rehabilitation Centres setup by the Government of India. Individual counseling services, vocational counseling, career counseling and placement services are also provided through ASRA. Information about Government schemes, policies, benefits, concessions and scholarships is also provided to PwDs and marginalized segments. ASRA facilitates the issuance of Disability Certificate & Railway Concessions certificates from state designated Hospitals, refers persons with special needs to specialized agencies and arranges reference letters from local authorities to avail such services.