Amar Seva Sangams (ASS) aim is to empower disabled citizens. For this, it has established a Valley for the Disabled as a Rehabilitation and Development Centre for the region. They also develop models for self-help initiatives by integrating disabled individuals with society for improved living conditions in the village. ASS is committed to physically challenged people by empowering them to have an equal participation in society.
Their activities include:
Institution-based rehabilitation: Rehabilitation activities are undertaken at the ‘Home’ and the ‘Sangamam school for special children’. The home provides free shelter, food, clothing, transportation, medical aid appliances and education for children in the age group of five to sixteen. The Sangamam school is a day care setup for special children who need individual special care. Early intervention program caters to the therapy needs of differently abled children.
Village Based Rehabilitation Initiatives (VBRI): Under this initiative ASS involves persons with disabilities, and the community in the rehabilitation process. The main objectives are: sensitizing the community, families, and persons with disabilities, promoting Self Help Groups for development and forming federations for wider level networking, enabling PWDs to access various government schemes, promoting advocacy and campaigning for protection of rights and equal opportunities for PWDs. VBRI caters to needs of 14,000 disabled persons in 800 villages covering a population of 17 lakhs.
Medical: The Medical Evaluation Unit for disabled, spinal cord injured post-acute care centre, disabled youth trainees hostel and rehabilitation centre daily serves around 100 beneficiaries. It has well-equipped electro therapy appliances containing advanced features for treating pain conditions of the back, neck and knee etc. The Orthotics Centre manufactures, repairs and services callipers and other appliances for inmates.
Education: ASS runs an in-house school that provides education from nursery till high school and has a public library. A nominal fee is charged which is waived off fully for the differently abled children.
Vocational Training: ASS provides Vocational Training in Tailoring, Handicrafts, Toy making, Note-Book making and binding, Typewriting, Advanced Computer training, Mobile Phone Servicing and Mushroom Cultivation for disabled youths. Many of them are now working in leading software and manufacturing companies.