Thus TAP was conceptualized to provide appropriate mobility solutions and creating awareness for individuals/students/GOs and NGOs/PSUs on providing mobility aids and appliances complying WHO standard guidelines starting in Visakhapatnam.
We found the concept of professional rehab & wheelchair services is less known in India and the mode of providing artificial limbs & wheelchair is often through a camp without any professional services like assessment, prescription, fitting, training and follow ups.
Some of the NGOs & GO’s working in the assistive devices and rehab services have access to some government aided program but are not utilized properly and efficiently. general hospital and rehab center exists in the heart of the city.
There are no follow up support to these services and most of them lacks professional involvement. The Centre is supposed to cater to the need of the people who are poor with quality rehab services, create appropriate human resources in the field of rehabilitation.
We are also approaching partnership with Bangalore based research and training institution called Mobility India to draw the technical support for starting the project.
Being a quadriplegic, after a road accident in 1997, Dilip Patro still works in his field, and passionate about providing spinal cord persons with the training and resources he had received in order to regain his own independence.
It is felt that this center is not able to meet the requirements.