Composite Regional Centres for Persons with Disabilities 

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Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has recently inaugurated the ‘Composite Regional Centre (CRC) for Skill Development, Rehabilitation and Employment of Persons with Disabilities’ in Ranchi. 

About CRCs  

  • CRCs have been established in many other States and they all are working for skill development, rehabilitation and providing employment to the Persons with Disabilities. The goal is to establish CRCs in every state. 
  • The primary objective of CRC is to create the requisite infrastructure for training, manpower development, research and to provide services to persons with disabilities. 

The main objectives are: 

  • To serve as the Composite Regional Centre for rehabilitation and special education of persons with disabilities. 
  • To establish linkages with existing medical, educational, and employment services following the principles of community-based rehabilitation, and offer extension services in the rural areas. 
  • To stimulate growth of services by encouraging and supporting voluntary organisations, parent groups and self- help groups. 
  • To undertake human resource development by training rehabilitation professionals, village level workers, multi-rehabilitation workers and other functionaries in the government and non-government sector required for providing services to persons with disabilities. 
  • To develop strategies for delivery of rehabilitation services suitable to the socio-cultural background of the region. 
  • To undertake research and development with specific reference to the needs of diverse groups of people with disability, keeping in view the nature and severity of disability in the region. 
  • To undertake public education programme for the creation of awareness among parents and the community. 
  • To undertake designing, fabrication & fitment of aids and appliances. 
  • To undertake services of education and skill development, leading to enhancement of opportunities for employment, rehabilitation, mobility, communication, recreation and integration in society. 

About ADIP Scheme 

  • The ADIP Scheme (Scheme of Assistance to Disabled Persons for Purchase/Fitting of Aids and Appliances) is in operation since 1981 with the main objective to assist the needy disabled persons in procuring durable, sophisticated and scientifically manufactured, modern, standard aids and appliances that can promote their physical, social and psychological rehabilitation by reducing the effects of disabilities and enhance their economic potential. 
  • Assistive devices are given to PwDs with an aim to improve their independent functioning and to arrest the extent of disability and occurrence of secondary disability. The aids and appliances supplied under the Scheme must have due certification. 
  • The scheme also envisages conduct of corrective surgeries, wherever required, before providing an assistive device. 
  • Under the Scheme, grants-in-aid are released to various implementing agencies  (Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO)/National Institutes/Composite Regional Centres/District Disability Rehabilitation Centres/ State Handicapped Development Corporations/ NGOs, etc.) for purchase and distribution of aids and assistive devices. 
  • The Scheme was last revised w.e.f. 1.4.2014 and further modified and approved for continuation during the remaining period of the 14th Finance Commission i.e., up to 31.3.2020. 
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