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Physical Empowerment

Physical empowerment interventions constitute a measure of CBR component service and helps achieve the rehabilitation of the physical mobility and/or sensory capacity of PWDs. It has been undertaken through the adoption and application of a number of interrelated measures. It used to involve the identification and assessment of the nature, type, and degree of the impairment of a PWD as well as the identification, measurement, and provision of assistive devices/appliances prescribed by professionals. These are technological products that involve, among others,

·        Orientation and mobility skills training and provision of guide canes or optic glasses for persons with visual impairment;

·        Identification, assessment, and measurement of the nature and degree of physical and/or mental/intellectual impairments and provision of physiotherapeutic treatment services through referral arrangements and in close collaboration with responsible family members, as well as provision for and use by the concerned persons with these impairments of age and gender appropriate appliances specific to the nature and degree of impairment, such as, orthopedic shoes, splints, braces, crutches, wheelchairs, artificial hands and/or legs, etc.

 

The goal is to maintain or compensate for the function of certain impairment. There are 218 PWDs, who have been physically empowered through the provision of different assistive devices/appliances prescribed by professionals to compensate for, increase, or maintain the functionality of their impaired bodily organs.

The assistive devices given them include:

No.

Type of Assistive Devices

Number of Beneficiaries

1.

Optic glasses

53

2.

Crutches

52

3.

Wheelchairs

9

4.

Guide canes

80

5.

Hearing devices

10

6.

Orthopedic shoes

14

 

 

Contacts  

Help for Persons with Disabilities-Organization/HPD-O

P.O.BOX 34711 

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Phone: 25111-123-13-67

Fax:25111-154-02-43

2519-11-24-18-03

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