Community Based Rehabilitation for the differently abled in urban slums.

Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), currently in practice in 120 slums in and around Hyderabad and Secunderabad with a comprehensive strategy for involving people with disabilities in the development of their communities

Our Objective

To ensure that people who are differently abled have equal access to rehabilitation and other services and opportunities - health, education and income - as do all other members of society.

“ DIFFERENTLY ABLED children must have a world where they belong, where they play, where they can escape with their mates“

To create a place in every mind and heart where each person has dignity and respect. “

Percentage of Clients :-

  • Visually Impaired (VI ) - 27%
  • Hearing Impaired (HH ) - 18%
  • Mentally Retarded (MR ) - 33%
  • Orthopedic - 17%
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP) - 5%

We network with-

  • People with disabilities
  • Families of people with disabilities
  • Communities
  • Disabled People's Organizations
  • Local, Regional and National Governments
  • International Organizations
  • Non Governmental Organizations
  • Medical and other professionals
  • Business and Industry (private sector)

Our activities include -

Beyond medical care and rehabilitation

  • Prevention, Promotion and care / services
  • Pre - schools & Integration into normal Schools
  • Educating the community on disability rights
  • Taking up issues of differently abled
  • Screening the community for impairments
  • Prevention of HIV/AIDS
  • Counseling Peers / family and teachers
  • Sanitation and health education
  • Networking with other NGOs
  • Skill Development / job placements
  • Income generation
  • Employment of persons with disabilities In action

The specialized therapists makes individual and specialized equipment so that the child can sit, play, communicate, etc. This service is provided by a multi-disciplinary workers trained to provide basic interventions in physiotherapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy.

Inclusive education is the primary focus of the programme The care centre provides care and is designed to help the clients to reach their full potential through learning and leisure and enables them to live and work close to their families in a happy and secure environment.

The centers have equipment to stimulate sensory organs, aids and appliance to facilitate learning

Our approach

  • Rehabilitation, equal opportunities and social inclusion are at the core of our strategy.
  • It is implemented through the joint efforts of differently abled people, their families and communities.
  • Appropriate education, health and social services.
  • Stimulate local initiatives and self-determination by supporting projects where differently abled become the main actors.
  • Income generating projects, sport or leisure activities are some examples of CBR intervention.

Service Delivery System

  • In the first line, differently abled and their families are engaged in the training programmes carried out at home.
  • A community full time worker (Local grassroots worker, Community rehabilitation facilitator) assists them.
  • The person receives sufficient training to be competent to carry out all the activities described.
  • The training period is recommended to be about 10 weeks, and it can be modular.
  • The community worker receives technical supervision from a professional ( Co-coordinator or Supervisor). The training includes functional training, education, ability training and vocational aspects, income generation, security and human rights, representation, and participation in mainstream programmes for community development.

Principles of CBR strategy :

  • The basic personnel are chosen by the local community and live at easy distance providing service to the needful.
  • Records and reports are maintained and periodical evaluation is done where the community also participates.
  • The community work is micro-managed by the local grassroots worker at the resource center in each cluster.

The CBR worker being a local resident has sufficient time to do the job with good quality

Provision of functional rehabilitation services:

Often people with disabilities require assistance to overcome / minimize the effects of their functional limitations. In communities where professional services are not accessible or available, CBR workers are trained to provide primary rehabilitation therapy in the following areas:

  • Medical
  • Eye care service
  • Hearing services
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Orientation and mobility training
  • Speech therapy
  • Psychological counselling
  • Orthotics and prosthetics
  • Other devices
  • Production of Braille Books
  • One of the most vital and essential supportive service is the text books for Special schools ( Visually impaired) and Integrated schools ,in Telugu Braille.
  • To increase supply of Braille materials

SIDUR realizes the responsibilities of providing visually impaired persons with a wide variety of information and keeping them updated. Nearly 1500 academic books from class I to class X in Telugu and English are produced and are sent to nearly 50 special and integrated schools in Andhra Pradesh with the collaboration of Andhra Pradesh Government. Apart from the academic syllabus books, other related books like grammar, tables and model paper books, etc. are also produced.


  • Trainings are conducted to in service teachers of special & Integrated schools to upgrade them on Namath codes etc (Science & mathematics ) with the support of the Education Dept.
  • In service trainings are also conducted for staff on Braille printing, book binding.
  • Bridge / Refresher course are also conducted for Braillists


To reach more number of visually impaired people and provide all kinds of information that otherwise remains unreachable and unattainable for them.

Try to elicit help from likeminded Braille professionals who can give their time and expertise to our organization

To standardize the process and create the tools to make it as easy as possible to create the high quality information to those persons who can avail this material

Sustainability factors :

  • Training of Primary Level Workers both in health care and in community development.
  • Support for training and orientation of personnel.
  • Training and sensitization of community decision makers such as Members of Panchayats, Heads of Families etc.
  • A policy and supporting structure of services to ensure equal opportunities for productive and gainful employment.
  • Developing appropriate home based employment programmes especially for severe cases.
  • Lay special emphasis on promoting self employment by providing necessary training.
  • Services are given to all categories of PWDs (from womb to tomb). Skill trainings and job placements are for mild & moderate clients above 15 years of age.