What We Do

Working With Disability
Working With Women
Working With Children
Other Activities
Case Studies
Past Projects
Working With Disability :: Advocacy
Advocacy is an essential element which underpins all our programme areas. Under the Disability programme, our key advocacy initiatives are:

            Promoting network of PwDs in ODPN
            Prachi – marketing of products made by PwDs
            Census 2011 & PwDs
            Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2011
Promoting network of PwD in ODPN
Odisha Disabled People’s Network (ODPN) is a conglomeration of persons with disabilities, disabled people’s network, parents association, NGOs working on disability issues and other like-minded people who have long been advocating for the rights and development of the PwDs. One of the important strategies of the network is advocacy with different Govt. and private agencies to ensure the rights of the PwDs in a wider way. The best part of the network is that it’s not confined to any particular category of disabled people’s organisation but it’s always tries to unite all the people coming under the disability umbrella and work as a force.

The first advocacy agenda of this network was appointment of Independent Disability Commissioner. After the struggle of more than two decades the efforts have finally paid off and as a result we have our first Independent Disability Commissioner with us. Now the network is concentarting on the landless issue of the PwDs and the bus concession issue. The network is still in its early stage and evolving up gradually to address of the issues of the persons with disabilities across the state.


Members of the ODPN have recently been investigating issues of fraud relating to the Sikhya Sahayak scheme. Under the scheme, 3% of all teachers employed should be persons with disability. However, it has emerged that many people claiming the scheme have false disability certificates, and persons with disabilities are missing out. The members of the ODPN have been campaigning against this across different districts of Orissa. Read the full story here.  

PRACHI – Marketing of Products made by PwDs
“PRACHI”- a Cooperative to promote products made by persons with disability - was initiated by W & CD Dept. Govt of Odisha in the year 2008. The idea behind this was to produce and sell products made by the PwDs of Odisha in order to help them to earn their livelihood and live with dignity. The PwDs are trained with practical skills for producing a variety of products such as embroidered bed spreads, cushions, purses, envelopes and bags made from recycled newspaper. The products are currently being sold locally, to local businesses. By providing training, resources and marketing support, aaina enables this previously marginalized section of society to become self-sufficient, as well as producing quality products to be sold in the local community.

‘Count Us In’- a campaign for inclusion of PWDs in Census 2011.
The Census 2011 enumeration takes place 9th – 28th February 2011. “Count Us In” is our campaign for inclusion of persons with disabilities in Census 2011. In 2001 disability was added in the census questionnaire; however a lack of awareness amongst the general public and enumerators, as well as a non-detailed question, meant that the resulting figures of PWDs did not reflect the reality. This year, the census has detailed questions on disability and has been moved up from question 15 to question 9. By raising awareness we hope to ensure PWDs are counted and a good and actual number of PWDs will come in Census 2011. Only with official figures can we begin to provide the necessary facilities for PWDs in our community. Different strategies have been initiated to spread the campaign message in rural pockets of state like district/block level stakeholders meeting, postering of campaign message in different Govt. offices, distribution of leaflets and airing of TV spot in local cable channels as well as Govt/Private TV channels. Watch out for our campaign video, which is being aired on Odia Door Darshan Channel at 5.30 PM and just before 7 PM news time every day from 10th to 28th Feb. 2011 with the support of Panchayat Raj Dept. Govt of Odisha and on Naxatra TV Channel in between 7.00pm to 7.30pm news time every day.

Back to Top