Kara Medical Foundation
We want Assistive Technology to be accessible to those who need it the most — people with disabilities, people recovering from injuries, and the ageing population — regardless of their socio-economic conditions.
Our vision is for the empowerment of disabled people, increasing their independence, realising their right to inclusivity, and to participate freely in all aspects of society.
Why this matters
Disability is strongly correlated with poverty and unemployment. Most disabled persons are kept out of schools, workplaces, recreational, and public spaces, due to inhospitable design, stigma, and a lack of commitment to inclusivity. As a result, disabled people often face unemployment and fall under the poverty line.
While various innovations in Assistive Technology continue to crop up, most people in need are unable to procure these, for lack of awareness, funds, negligence of policy makers, and logistical constraints. 900 million people, or 1 in 10, in need around the world lack access to Assistive Technology. This traps disabled people in the vicious cycle of marginalisation and poverty.
Assistive Technology has life-changing consequences: not only does it improve one’s overall well-being, but also ensures that disabled people are not marginalised from mainstream schools, workplaces, recreational and public spaces. This is a crucial component of ending the vicious cycle of marginalisation and poverty that disabled people are thrust into.
AT is powerful for disabled and elderly persons, to fulfil their right to live and participate freely in all aspects of society.
What Are We Doing
Analysing the Assistive Technology care gap in Bihar and Jharkhand, the precise needs of people with disabilities, and the products best suited for them.
Providing AT Products & Services
Providing low or no-cost AT products and services, ensuring no one is denied their right to independence due to their socio-economic circumstances.
Awareness and Training
Creating awareness around Assistive Technology among persons with disabilities, their families, and healthcare providers; training healthcare professionals in the delivery of AT services, and persons with disabilities in the use of AT products.
Tele-Rehab and Tele-Health Services
Providing AT assessments and rehabilitation services to people from the comfort of their homes through voice and video consultation with medical professionals, ensuring these services are accessible to people who are unable to travel to AT centres.