Andhjan Kalyan Trust (AKT), established in 1992 in Gujarat, works for the all-round development, welfare and rehabilitation of the disabled to make them socially and financially self-reliant.
AKT was formed by visually challenged persons of Saurashtra region in Gujarat, India, but functions nationally and internationally whenever any necessity arises for the cause of the disabled.
Their objectives include:
Providing education, training and comprehensive rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities
Looking after the welfare of the disabled
Promoting their equal participation in socio-economic activities and their general integration in society
Enabling and empowering the disabled to live their life independently and stay within the fold of the family
Helping the disabled cope with the problems of daily living and relieving family members of the burden of constantly looking after them
Providing services for their specific needs including shelter, aids and appliances, medicines and other items
Protecting the rights of the disabled and preparing the community for their long-term acceptance
Establishing a relief and residential institution and providing them education, orientation & mobility, health care, home economics, rehabilitation, vocational training, etc.
While AKT was initially set up for the welfare of the blind, it felt a great need to undertake educational and rehabilitation programmes for the welfare of other categories of the disabled including the visually impaired, hearing impaired, mentally challenged, orthopedically handicapped as well as multi-handicapped and those with cerebral palsy.
Their initiatives include:
Computer Education Centre for the visually impaired
Resource Centre for the education of the disabled
Talking Book Production Centre for the blind
Residential Care Centre to provide medical, recreational and educational services to the disabled
Deaf-blind Training & Education Project (speech therapy, braille reading and writing, palm reading, etc.)
Computer Training and Examination Centre for the disabled government employees
Physiotherapy Centre for treatment of children, using physical and electrical modalities
Free distribution of aids and appliances to them
Placement by referring the needy people to government and non-government agencies
Support services for getting them the benefit of government and non-government schemes offering financial and educational assistance
Sports and Cultural Activities
Counselling to the disabled children
Income Rs22 lac
Expense Rs25 lac
Source : Audit Report 2016
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