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Welcome to Indian Accessible Disability Data (I-ADD)

"Let the noble thoughts come to us from all sides" - Rig Veda
“Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation” Mahatma Gandhi

     We welcome you to our informative website - Indian Accessible Disability Data (I-ADD). This website aims to build an interactive database, a 'Bridge' between service providers and persons with disability in India. India has signed and ratified the UN CONVENTION on the rights of persons with disabilities. But what is needed is a reliable database for planning rehabilitation services in rural and urban India.

This will help to assess the extent of human resource development required, allocating funds for rehabilitation programmes such as CBR, inclusive education, early intervention, skill development and employment opportunities. Plans cannot be made based on estimates, we need actual figures.

There are two types of database available on this website based on the partnerships involved.

  1. An initiative of Rehabilitation Council of India in collaboration with CBR Network:

    This provides the database on Non Government Organizations, Disabled People’s Organizations, Special schools, Inclusive schools, Community Based Organizations, Parents groups, Self help groups and Training institutes working in disability sector in India.

  2. An initiative of CBR NETWORK (South Asia) and Karnataka Child Rights Commission.

    The second data base provides data available through Disability registers-village disability register and urban disability register .This data provides information on the individual with disability and their needs. This data also provides profiles of village panchayaths in India.

    Although we have several database on NGOs / Voluntary organizations working in the disability sector, these are limited to organizations in urban areas and many grassroots level organizations are not listed in this database. The database is also sectoral, for example NGOs working in the health sector, NGOs working in the education sector; there is no single window to get accessibility to all organizations working in the disability sector.

Government of India conducts Disability census, but still the numbers are not definitive as in many cases families do not disclose, or keep hidden a member with disability. It is not easy to develop a reliable disability census as this requires well qualified personnel to identify disabilities. There are also several social factors such as misconceptions, social stigma which makes the head counting exercise more difficult and there is always a danger of under reporting. Village Disability register is a step forward. This approach is based on “Rights Based vision’ promoted by UN convention. There is so much confusion about the definition of disability. A person with disability has the right to say that he has a disability and has needs too. These needs are by and large met by the family and some needs are met by the help of the community. Support of the government at the local, State and national levels helps to get vocational training and employment opportunities.

But unless and until we know the people and their needs how can we extend support? This is where mere numbers and head counting do not help in actual planning of rehabilitation policies or provision of services at the community level. Hence the village disability register fills this lacuna as a supportive data for the disability census.