Assistive Technology / Equipment Program
Funded by MDRT FOUNDATION; Boniface family and Individual donors

What is this Program?

This program helps children, youth and young adults with disabilities in rural India obtain the equipment they need. Many of the children, youth and young adults that we support through Amar Seva Sangam and other partner organization’s rehabilitation and education programs are in need of equipment and assistive devices which they cannot afford. This includes hearing aids, walkers, wheelchairs, supportive chairs, orthotics, magnifiers, standing boards and other assistive technology.

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Why have this Program?

There are no suitable government aid programs in India to assist people with disabilities to purchase such equipment that are custom made based on a proper needs assessment and individualized measurements. Jeff and Giovanna Boniface, two Occupational Therapists from Canada who volunteered at Amar Seva Sangam (ASSA) in 2017 and 2019 along with their son, Luciano and daughter Vincenza saw a great need for provision of equipment and assistive devices / technology to allow people with disabilities to maximize their function and reach their potential.

With the support of Handi-Care Intl, they set up the program in 2019 with a seed donation of $4000 CAD to support young adults with disabilities through provision of assistive devices. After the program showed significant improvement in the functioning of our clients, leading them to independent lives, the program was expanded to include children in home / village based rehabilitation programs at our partner organizations in India.

"We know first-hand the impact that adaptive / assistive products have, to maintain and improve individual's functioning and independence and promote their well-being. We are very proud to support this new and vital program to assist more than 250 children, youth and young adults with disabilities in rural India." – Giovanna, Jeff, Luciano and Vincenza Boniface

How does the program work?

Our rehabilitation programs are unique and globally recognized. Our partner organizations in India are implementing both centre and home based therapy services by qualified therapists. When a patient is identified with an imminent need for an assistive device such as a wheelchair, walker, hearing aid, etc. it is brought to the attention of the program coordinator who in turn submits an application to HCI with details of the patient, his/her needs, the impending benefits and the patient's or families ability to contribute to the cost. A review board at HCI studies each application and upon approval, it is brought out for funding request.

How can you help?

By donating to this program, you are helping people with disabilities obtain custom designed equipment that is essential for them to be more functional and maximize their therapy outcome.

  • Monetary donations are most preferred so that local equipment can be procured. Though some items such as walkers, wheelchairs are donated from Canada we rarely get any pediatric equipment and local procurement of equipment allows for greater customization and future adjustments.
  • ASSA in India has their own Caliper Unit, where they are able to make “Ankle Foot Orthotics” (AFO) and “Knee Ankle Foot Orthotics” (KAFO) that are custom designed for each patient. This not only keeps the cost to a bare minimum, but allows for adjustments as the child’s condition changes.

Devices donated by Handi-Care in 2020 (vlaue in CDN $ 62,000)

If you would like to donate for Assistive devices, please CLICK HERE and select "Other" or contact us at info@handicareintl.org

Sl No
Name of Equipment
Number of items donated in 2020
1
Hearing Aid
28
2
Wheelchair
18
3
Walker/ Rollator
62
4
CP Chair/ Corner Chair / Standing Frame
98
5
AFO / KAFO / Other
546
Total number of equipment donated
752

Sample photos

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