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SCAD has been offering community-based rehabilitation to people with disabilities in ultra-poor communities of South India for thirty years. However there are still many problems that disabled people face; there is limited access to health care services, medical treatment is expensive and inaccessible, medical provision is not specialised or fit for purpose and there is a lack of knowledge about quality health care services for disabled people.
Rehabilitation of different kinds under a single roof in a multidisciplinary approach is very rare. The specialists are in far off lands and patients have to travel extensively for therapies making it very expensive.
SCAD Medical and Disability Rehabilitation Centre offers holistic treatment under a single roof and will be the first institute in southern Tamil Nadu to deliver these services to families who desperately need them.
The center is equipped with facilities providing treatment, aids and appliances made of light weight materials to people with disabilities. The center also provides special training, education and livelihoods opportunities meaning the disabled children who have access to it have grown in confidence and learn to believe in themselves.
The facilities include
Every child on the programme follows an individually designed programme of treatment containing elements of physiotherapy, exercise, occupational therapy, speech therapy, massage and orthopedic aids made at SCAD Medical and Disability Rehabilitation Centre’s specialised workshop.
Our prosthetic unit helps differently abled people who have lost their limbs during accidents to undergo amputation surgeries. This unit offers support in making patients mobile with the help of artificial limbs
To make the centre more effective for thousands of people in this region we need
A fully equipped operation theatre to perform corrective orthopaedic surgery is not available in this region and people are relying on hospitals situated in cities, which are far away from this region.
Children who have had a minor stroke or have cerebral palsy require operations to release their muscles and tendons. This kind of mild surgeries will help children with disabilities to become more independent.
The diagnostic services are expensive and people are not able to get the results in time. Our patients would beneift massively from a diagnostic lab.
Whenever an emergency arises in the village it’s very difficult to get the patient to the centre because of the lack of ambulance facilities. SCAD needs ambulance facilities to cater for the needs of the differently abled and people who suffer severe medical emergencies and need urgent critical care.
We have a clear vision but we need your help to achieve it. Are you willing to support disabled people in India? If so please contact us at [email protected]