Integrated Education Program - GASS - Grameena Abyudaya Seva Samsthe

Health – Disability and Inclusive Training Programs for Women-SHGs

Bringing The Uncrpd Perspective Into The Lives Of Grassroots Women !!!!

We organized a disability and inclusive development training program for women SHG members on 8th, 24th, 26th and 31st October at the GASS office Gowribidnur, Hakkipikke colony, and Manchenhalli and Kamaganahalli villages. The program was started at 11:15 am with a prayer song, welcome speech. Resource persons were Mr. Ravikumar, Mr. Krishna Naik, Mrs. Lakshmidevamma and Mr. Venkatesh from GASS Gowribidnur. 193 women were part of the program.

The Resource Person and Participants introduced themselves and resource persons explained about GASS’s history and its various activities. Then Mr. Ravikumar explained about Poverty and disability. Disability and poverty are connected. If we reduce poverty in the world then disabilities can also be overcome. In any work we did together at GASS we included PWDs in all community activities. Development is a human rights model. First we promote PWD’s rights and then PWDs are mainstreamed and we create comprehensive accessibility for the PWDs to participate in all activities.

Mr. Krishna Naik explained about what Disability and inclusive development are. PWDs have health problems and the community also has negative attitudes regarding the PWDs. These two things combine to compound the problems of PWDs in the community. Impairment– Impairment happens when individuals subject have physical and mental problems but the community separates these persons from the mainstream and that is what leads to disability. S we understand that impairment alone doesn’t cause disability. Impairment interacts with legal, attitudinal, cultural and social barriers to produce disability.

There are various Disability Modules:

a. Medical modules says disability is only a health subject b. social modules say it is only a social subject. C. Multi dimension modules say it is a subject having multiple dimensions. D. Political modules says it’s only human rights related.

Mr. Ravikumar explained about making programs inclusive and accessible. The Subject Resource Person asked the participants ‘are there women with disabilities in our village or not?’ The Participants said ‘yes’ and when the resource person asked the participants ‘are they also integrated into our SHGs?’ the participants said ‘no’. We separate the PWDs in our communities because the PWDs are not empowered. The resource person then said ‘we first integrate PWDs in our groups and community activities and then alone can PWDs be mainstreamed.’