Updated Mar 29, 2019
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The idea specifically targets the core challenge faced by differently abled people in the society especially in a lower to middle income country which is stigmatisation. This leads to frustration, negligence and a feeling of helplessness and hopelessness among wheelchair users no matter what their level of independence on the wheelchair might be. In turn, it forces them to stay at home, unable to seek for equal employment, education, recreational and societal participation opportunities. We propose that regular and frequent use of wheelchair as the primary source of mobility within the vicinity and neighborhood of the individual will sensitise the public around thereby making the society more accepting and inclusive of wheelchair users. Once this is established in the neighborhood or nearby areas, it can be scaled to other public places as well.
Frequent visibility while wheelchair users carry out their daily routines in the neighbourhood will reduce the sense of awe or pity associated with wheelchair users. Our motive is to instill the idea within commoners that people on wheelchair can also be independent in their daily routines. This will in turn lead to more acceptance rather than pity or a charity based model which is frequently associated with wheelchair users in lower middle income countries where knowledge and awareness about disabilities still remains very poor. It also will provide a sense of empowerment to the wheelchair user, thus enabling him or her to frequently go outdoors and eventually engage in societal participation.
|Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted||250|