[Action for Ability Development and Inclusion]
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Our Vision

AADI’s Vision is of a world in which people with disability are an integral part of society, participating in the community and living life to the fullest, with equitable access to opportunities and services.

Our Mission

The focus of our work is to facilitate enabling environments in the best interest of the child and the adult thus ensuring equitable, accessible, quality assured services using a life span approach. We will be informed and guided by the needs of people with disability who are further marginalized by poverty and gender inequalities.

Through our work we will:

Values and guiding principles of AADI

Our work is guided by the core human values of respect, dignity and the autonomy of persons with disability and their carers. Strengthening capacities of all stakeholders will be central to our work. We will work towards being collaborative, participative, strategic, transparent, equitable, non-discriminative, accessible, and accountable in all that we do. We will follow the norms of safety and quality assured services in our work.




Education Services

Since 2008, in response to the change in law & policies, specifically the ratification of the UNCRPD & RTE (2008), the Education programme at AADI has been focusing on supporting the admissions of children with disability into mainstream schools and ensuring retention of children in these schools. This is coupled with building capacities of schools, teachers, parents and working on policy changes.

Today, most of the children of AADI School are part of mainstream government & private schools. This process has been facilitated, through influencing the administration & providing direct support to the teachers in the class. We also work with children with impairment who are out of school by facilitating a process of learning through bridge programs and ensuring their admissions to local neighborhood schools of parents choices takes place.

The belief and conviction that all children, whatever their differences maybe, benefit from being in the same learning environment has been reaffirmed through our experience of AADI’s education processes.

Walk-in Services

This is available to anybody who has a need – a family, a person with disability, professionals, volunteers, students etc. After the initial registration and detailed understanding of needs, capacities of the person with disability, barriers which hinder their performance, specific assessments, an individualized care plan for the person is developed. Thereafter, the intervention-which is dependent on the care plan – could be information dissemination, referrals within their community and follow up with the same, building the capacities of the referred agency, direct work with the person with disability, crisis intervention if required, and home visit if required. Parent training is individualized, based on the needs of the child with disability. The walk-in services are available from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm on all working days.

Sambhav- Making Inclusion Possible

Sambhav is a national resource center, funded by National Trust. It has been set up by AADI in collaboration with Saarthak in 2010. Sambhav is an exhibition cum demonstration center which showcases various ways in which the principles of universal design can be applied to different areas of life like communication (enhancing listening, understanding, alternate modes of communication); learning (play, concept teaching, and self learning); movement (transfers, supported walking, alternate modes of mobility and outdoor travelling); and just doing things for well being and safety (eating, drinking, self care, home chores, work and managing money), thereby, enabling persons with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of living. It provides facilities for demonstrations and experiencing practical usage of the displayed items by persons with disabilities and other visitors

Program for young adults

This is joint programme of AADI and Saarthak (an NGO working in the area of Community Mental Health and Rights of People with Mental Disability) for young adults and adults with disability. The programme called DOR (dreams opportunities and resources) endeavors’ to improve the quality of life of individuals with disability, to create resources and links within the community so that their dreams become a reality. The programming in DOR is Ability focused and Rights focused. Participation of people with disability in decision making is focused on to the extent that there are community meetings where the members review the work done so far and decide on the next weeks plan. Every day activities give opportunities for capacity building in communication, relationship building, problem solving and other life skills. It provides space for pursuing one’s own interests through the various clubs – music club, film club, art club, hobby clubs, gardening, book and games clubs. Members plan and execute many activities in the community like the festivals and the melas – spring fest, teej mela, rakkhee mela, diwali dussehra mela are some of the examples. Members have successfully conducted a winter campaign for 2 consecutive years. The process involves, collecting, sorting, washing, mending, packing and delivering winter wear for the homeless, and members participate based on their capacity and interests. Such an initiative enhances disabled people’s image as contributing members both in the eyes of the families and larger public. They are just not seen as receivers of services. This has been a very successful campaign where the organizations receiving the cartons of winter wear, have said never ever have they received material with such dignity. They are planning to outsource this activity to us and we feel it is a win –win situation for both the organizations.

The second part of the work with young adults is Inclusive Opportunities. It mainly focuses on capacity building for occupations and livelihoods and quality of life aspects of the individual people with disability.

The programme has the following components –

  1. Ujala – runs through a network of people with disability contributing in all aspects of product development from sourcing, manufacturing, packaging to marketing. The components of work include direct sales, sales through melas, sales through bulk consignments and taking on special orders.
  2. Conference management – in house and for corporates – have had opportunities to manage front desk management and people with disability are paid for the services.
  3. Open employment and placements – placements in real job situations and training on site led to successful employment opportunities both in the community and at AADI.
  4. Bulk mailing – Ongoing order from CAPART (a government body) for their bulk mailing of newsletters and magazines is an occupation -with little remuneration as pocket money -for some people with disability.
  5. Internships – There is an increased focus on identifying opportunities for internships within AADI and outside of AADI. Some of the opportunities worked on this year were: finance department, ujala store, DOR Cafe, Bulk mailing, Office attendant and photocopying, opportunities outside in developing entrepreneurship skills etc.


This programme mainly focuses on creating an enabling environment through awareness raising, information dissemination, capacity building and advocacy for an inclusive society for people with disability where there is no exclusion, exploitation or stigmatisation of persons with disabilities.

School of Rehabilitation Sciences (SRS)

The Training and Research wing of AADI is affiliated to Delhi University and conducts post graduate courses recognized by Rehabilitation Council of India. These are: Post Graduate Diploma in Special Education (Multiple Disabilities- Physical and Neurological) and Post Graduate Diploma in Developmental Therapy (Multiple Disabilities: Physical and Neurological). The curriculum of both the courses helps the trainees to understand disability within a social model and equips them to plan and implement holistic & cost effective programmes through a participatory approach, within a rights based framework. There is also an effort to expose the students to other issues in the developmental sector, like socio-economic disparities and gender discrimination and towards the change that can be brought about by community participation and ownership. The AADI faculty brings with it, rich and diverse experiences of working across the lifespan, from infants to adults with disability. Training sessions are also arranged with experienced guest faculty. Along with this, SRS also develops need based training modules and conducts trainings and workshops for professionals, NGOs, Training Institutes and other professional bodies.

Rural Community Based Rehabilitation Programme

Based in the Ballabgarh Block of Faridabad District, Haryana, the programme covers 83 villages under 65 Panchayats. The focus of the rural programme is to facilitate the creation of a responsive community, which fulfils the needs of people with disability. This includes collaborative efforts with persons with disability, families, local leadership, policy makers and the larger society; capacity building of volunteers, professionals and institutions from the Health, Education, Employment and other sectors; formation of advocacy and support groups at the village, block and district level. Focusing on disability, poverty and gender issues, the programme works towards convergence of services that benefit all people in the community.

Managing and Building Resources

The sustainability and growth of AADI since its founding in 1978 has been through focused management of its human, financial and material resources. People are AADI’s most important assets in a mutually supportive and nurturing relationship that has developed the professionalism and experience base of individuals and enriched the Organization. AADI has a consultative and participative style of management. Conscious and conscientious accountability are the underpinnings of good financial management – this is especially true when the resource is perennially scarce and its need continuously growing. Allocations of funds and its utilization are monitored on the basis of established rules of procedure. Transparency of operations and accounts, diverse systems of reporting has been established satisfying the requirements of domestic and international agencies. The infrastructure at AADI has been consistently managed for the preservation of assets and economy of use. Maintenance and the upkeep of tools and equipment, the building and water, power resources, telecommunication and transport have always been towards optimum utilization – in full compliance with all statutory requirements. Eighty percent of our recurring expenditure is towards delivering professional and support services to people with disability and their families. Our sources of funding include Government Grants, Income Generation Activities, Interest from Investments, Rentals, and Specific & General Donations from individuals/Trusts/Corporate/Public Sector.