Shubhayatra Towards Disabled-Friendly
10 high-tech wheelchairs developed by Kerala State Science and Technology Museum distributed | By Yentha
On Jul 19, 2017


Trivandrum: In a step towards making the State disabled-friendly, 10 high-tech wheelchairs, developed by the Kerala State Science and Technology Museum, were distributed to physically challenged persons in connection with the launch of the Shubhayatra project of the State government here on Tuesday.

Minister for Health and Social Justice K K Shylaja, who inaugurated the project, said Shubhayatra was a significant step in welfare of the physically challenged. The government was emphasising early detection of and intervention in problems faced by the differently abled to bring them into the mainstream.

The Kerala State Handicapped Persons Welfare Corporation should make modern devices available to the physically challenged. Minister for Education C Ravindranath, who presided over the function, said Shubhayatra would help in personal and social gains for the physically challenged.

The cost of development and fabrication of the motorised wheelchair, that could navigate 15-degree slopes, is Rs 43,000. The cost is expected to come down if these are mass produced, Arul Gerald Prakash, Director, KSSTM, said.

The KSSTM was ready to offer technology for the manufacture of the wheelchair to the Kerala State Handicapped Persons Welfare Corporation, he said. More modifications could be made to the wheelchair, so that it could be controlled by EEG for those who had speech impairments, he said.

A number of schemes had been formulated with this aim under the Anuyatra project. Funds had been set aside for setting up early intervention centres in all district hospitals. Twenty-five mobile units for detection of autism and cerebral palsy in children in rural areas and providing them physiotherapy and other treatment would be inaugurated in August. She said camps for distributing assistive devices would be held in all districts utilising Union government funds.

K Muraleedharan, MLA, was the chief guest. District panchayat president V K Madhu, Kerala State Handicapped Persons Welfare Corporation chairman Parasuvakkal Mohanan, State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities Harikumar, and Kerala Social Security Mission Executive Director Mohammed Asheel were present on the occasion.
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