More than one billion people around the world, of whom nearly 93 million are children, live with some form of disability.
On December 3rd we celebrate the 24th annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities to increase awareness on issues related to disability, and mobilizing support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons living with disabilities.
The Ladakh Disability and Rehabilitation Training Project is a partnership between BC Children’s Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children
, the Pediatric Unit at Sonam-Norboo Memorial Hospital in Ladakh (Northern India), and the Canadian Himalayan Association for Innovation
, a Vancouver-based registered charity. Since 2007, teams of Canadian pediatric rehabilitation specialists have worked with local health professionals in Ladakh to build capacity in rehabilitation assessment and treatment. Teams have included physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and special education specialists.
Earlier this summer, Sunny Hill staff organized an exchange for their Ladakhi partners to travel to the district of Kullu and collaborate with members of the Handimachal Project.
During the three week visit, Ladakhi staff worked with 65 children helping them to learn new skills and share ideas. Forming this new training partnership with an India-based disability centre is an important step towards providing better and more sustainable care for children with disabilities.