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Schemes of Disabled Welfare & Senior Citizens
The various activities taken up by the department for disabled welfare are as follows
  • Identification of the Disabled and issue of Medical certificates
  • Early Intervention and Rehabilitation
  • Education
  • Human Resource Development
  • Training
  • Employment
  • Economic Rehabilitation
  • Social Integration
  • Social Security
  • Empowerment
  • Barrier free environment
  • Welfare of Senior Citizens
  • Grant-in-aid to NGOs for the welfare of disabled and Senior Citizens
Identification of the Disabled
Medical Boards have been constituted in the State for issue of medical certificates to persons with disabilities. Govt. issued orders vide G.O.Ms.No.31 Dt.01.12.2009 for evaluation of various disabilities and procedure for certification
The Rural Development Department in collaboration with Departments of Disabled Welfare, Medical & Health, NIMH have evolved a scientific computer aided disability assessment strategy with the help of HMRI. Govt. issued orders vide G.O.Ms.No.371 Dt.02.12.2009 for assessment of degree of disability through software called as SADAREM (Software for Assessment of Disabilities for Access, Rehabilitation & Empowerment)
Early Intervention and Rehabilitation
Correctional surgeries, therapies (Speech/Physio/Occupational), aids and appliances are being provided to the children with disabilities as early intervention to avert disability/ reduce degree of disability
Education
To provide education, 11 Residential Schools (6 for Hearing Impaired and 5 for Visually Impaired) are functioning in the state. 40 Hostels and 3 Homes are functioning providing Accommodation, Education and Rehabilitation
Payment of examination fee is exempted
30 minutes extra time is provided in SSC & Intermediate Public Examination (I & II Year) for Visually Impaired, Hearing Impaired and orthopedically disabled (upper limbs)
Exemption of one language is provided under Part-I or II for Hearing Impaired. Reduction of pass marks for SSC, Intermediate and Degree courses in favour of the disabled students
3% seats are reserved in B.Ed, Engineering, Medical, LL.B., and other professional courses and in study centres for competitive exams
The Government have enhanced the Pre-Matric Scholarships to Disabled students studying Class I to X to the students whose parent’s income is less than Rs.1,00,000/- per annum from the year 2008 – 2009 vide G.O.Ms.No.44, Women Development, Child Welfare and Disabled Welfare (DW.A1) Department, Dt.24.11.2008
Further Mentally Retarded children who are admitted into specialized schools run by Non-Governmental Organizations which do not get Grant-in-aid from Government of India and whose parent’s / guardian’s income is less than Rs.1,00,000/- per annum are being sanctioned scholarship @ Rs.1,000/- per annum per child by the Govt
The Government have enhanced the Post-Matric Scholarships, Reimbursement of Tuition Fees and Special Fees to Disabled students on par with Scheduled Caste students from the year 2008-09 vide G.O.Ms.No.21, Women Development, Child Welfare and Disabled Welfare (DW.A1) Department, Dt.03.07.2008, to the students whose parents/guardians income is less than Rs.1,00,000/- per annum
Maintenance fees, Reimbursement of Tuition Fees and Special Fees to Disabled students are sanctioned on saturation mode to the students whose parents/guardians income is less than Rs.1,00,000/- per annum. Students with disabilities of SC, ST, B.C, Minorities are being sanctioned postmatric scholarships by the Social Welfare, B.C.Welfare, Tribal Welfare and Minorities Welfare Depts
Human Resource Development
To provide trained teachers for teaching visually impaired students a training centre for teachers of visually handicapped with the joint auspices of National Institute for Visually Handicapped, Dehradun is functioning
Training
A.P. Vikalangula Cooperative Corporation is providing vocational training as an institutional training
Employment
Govt. issued orders vide G.O.Ms.No.23 Dt.26.05.2011 for implementation of reservation in employment in favour of Persons with Disabilities and Interchange among the 3 categories of Disabled Persons in accordance with Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 and also constitution of Inter Departmental Committee for exemption and for interchange of disabled categories in implementation of reservation. Govt. issued orders vide G.O.Ms.No.99 Dt.04.03.2013 for amendment to rule 22 of A.P. State and Subordinate Service Rules, 1996, relating to Persons with Disabilities
Government launched special recruitment drive for filling up of the backlog vacancies reserved for the disabled and the period of recruitment has been extended from time to time
Established Study Circle at Hyderabad for giving coaching to the Disabled students preparing for the competitive exams for the employment opportunities vide G.O.Ms.No.3 Dt.02.02.2013
Economic Rehabilitation
Government issued orders vide G.O.Ms.No.101, Social Welfare (SCP.I) Department dt. 31.12.2013 enhancing the existing subsidy from Rs.30,000/- to Rs.1,00,000/- under Economic Rehabilitation Scheme. It is to be ensured that the scheme is implemented as a Bankable Scheme and that every unit should be grounded with 50% Bank Tie-up
Subsidy is provided to persons with disabilities who are working in private sector on purchase of petrol / diesel for the use of vehicle from the residence to place of duty and back
Social Integration
Government enhanced the Marriage Incentive Award from Rs.10,000/- to Rs.50,000/- for marriages between disabled and normal persons vide G.O.Ms.No.34, WCD & SC (DW.A1), Dt. 22.7.2011
Social Security
Govt. vide G.O.Ms.No.454 Dt.14.11.2008 issued orders enhancing the pension to Rs.500/- per month to the disabled persons having a minimum of 40% disability
Empowerment
The Director, Welfare of Disabled and Senior Citizens is designated as State Commissioner for protection of various rights conferred by the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. The State Commissioner is vested with quasi judicial powers for issue of notices and summons
Implementation of Rights and Entitlements conferred under various statutes including
  • National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities Act, 1999
  • Mental Health Act, 1987
Multi Sectoral Coordination with various Government Departments
Barrier free environment
Government have issued orders vide G.O.Ms.No.30 Dt.17.06.2002 directing all the Departments of Government and important agencies to provide barrier free environment for easy access of the disabled by implementing C.P.W.D. guidelines
As per the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995, Building Byelaws have been amended in Andhra Pradesh Town Planning Rules. These Byelaws shall be applicable to all buildings, recreation areas and facilities used by public including shopping malls, cinema theatres, parks and other entertainment places and also bus and railway stations. Also Govt. issued instructions vide Circular No.789 Dt.21.06.2010 for providing barrier free environment in the Public Building for persons with disabilities
Scheme for Implementation of Persons with Disabilities Act (SIPDA) is scheme of GOI to provide barrier free environment in important govt. buildings (State Secretariat, other important State level offices, Collectorates, State University Buildings / Campuses, Medical Colleges and Main Hospitals at Divisional Headquarters, other important buildings), for PwDs as per Sec. 46 of PWD Act. This would include provision for ramps, rails, lifts, adaptation of toilets for wheel chair users, brail signages and auditory signals, tactile flooring etc Govt. of India sanctions budget as per the proposals submitted by States to make government buildings barrier free under the Scheme for Implementation of Persons with Disabilities Act (SIPDA)
Welfare of Senior Citizens
Govt. issued orders vide G.O.Ms.No.27 & 28 Dt.19.08.2008 for establishment of appellate tribunals and maintenance tribunals respectively for ordering maintenance allowance from their children to senior citizens
Coordination with other departments for implementation of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007
Govt. issued orders vide G.O.Ms.No.49 Dt.28.12.2011 notifying the Andhra Pradesh Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Rules,2011 for implementation of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 in Andhra Pradesh
The Department is also implementing National Policy on Older Persons in Andhra Pradesh to help older persons live with dignity and peace and ensure that the older persons are not unprotected and marginalized. The main functions of the policy are financial security, health care and nutrition, shelter, protection of life and property, transportation, barrier free environment, welfare etc
Grant-in-aid to NGOs
The proposals of Non-Governmental Organizations are processed and forwarded with the approval of the District Collector to the State Government, which in turn are forwarded to Govt. of India, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment for sanction of grants under Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS) and under Integrated Programme for Older Persons (IPOP)