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Listen To Their Voice

The disabled can stand on their own feet with a bit of guidance and help. Ask Johar.

Listen To Their Voice
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Rajinder Johar was an occupational therapist at Lucknow’s King George Medical College when tragedy struck in 1986. He was hit by a bullet on the spine and rendered bedridden—a quadriplegic. But he was determined to do something constructive. Recalls Johar: "I got fed up lamenting or watching TV. After all, I could still see, hear, speak and think. Besides, I could use two stiff fingers and a thumb from some residual movement in one of my arms to type, turn the pages of a book and pick up the phone receiver." Johar knew he could function.

Thus was formed the Delhi-based Family of Disabled (FOD). Its objective was to help the disabled become self-reliant. Johar dashed off letters seeking support. The initial response was poor although.Baba Amte and Mother Teresa gave their blessings. Today, FOD, consisting of a staff of five including Johar as the coordinator, has helped 275 people through its Apna Rozgaar Programme (self-employment scheme). Those assisted include people from a weak socio-economic background.

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