Technological advancements can play a critical new role in bringing new solutions to empower people with disabilities. However, the benefits of such advancement have not yet reached this segment.. There is an opportunity to explore how this could be used to bring social innovation in different settings, be it rural or urban. Our goal is to tackle social issues of prejudice and stigma that prevent equal participation in society and bring innovative technology solutions to increase participation so they live life to the fullest.
The initiatives under this program include:
- Solar Innovation- Use of solar energy to create income generating schemes in rural villages for women with disabilities living in poor neighborhoods
- Marriage of the Disabled-providing income generating opportunities along with household registry to make such marriages successful
- Smartphone App for hearing impaired – Improving access and inclusion in houses of worship by bringing new technology solutions
- Newborn Hearing testing- Testing newborns for hearing losses in low income families and neighborhoods for early detection of hearing impairments
Shining hope where there is none
To Amin and Anil, to Sudha and Sameena, living in a small village was no fun; added to this plight were their disabilities which had rendered them unemployed and poor. They were without any option to make a living and earn towards a decent livelihood.
EquallyAble Foundation partnered with Consumer Protection Counsel (CPC) in India and launched its Solar Innovation project six months ago. The sewing machines were distributed to fifteen beneficiaries’ draws power from the solar panels installed on roof tops. On average, our source reported, “they are getting Indian Rupees 4000 (USD 95) to 8000 (USD 190) a month,” which is roughly Indian Rupees 150 (USD 3.5) to 300 (USD 7.1) a day. The only cost to the beneficiaries is that of the thread, which means that what they earn is their profit.