A not for profit organisation “The Ability People” (TAP), by a group of spinal cord injury persons to promote 3R’s (from prevention to rehabilitation) through Project Bhavishya in the year 2007 on the following:–

  • Road Safety Awareness,
  • Right to Emergency Care and
  • Rehabilitation for crash victims all over India
TAP, an Indian based international road safety development organisation, has taken up a task to promote Project 3R. Awareness, prevention and rehabilitation, with appropriate assistive technology to aid the activities of daily living and a homogeneous method of rehabilitation are urgently needed, comparable to those existing in other countries. It transforms the person's life, and rehabilitation is the key to facing life with dignity.

It’s an effort to make the world’s roads safer, It was agreed that advocacy is one area in which such initiatives have generated momentum to save lives on the Indian roads.

The Idea Behind this unique national “Project Bhavisya” is to Create a Platform and Create an Atmosphere which Enables the People to Start Thinking of the Consequences. A Fraction of a Second or Split Second is good enough to prevent an Crash. This message if explained to as many Road users as Possible can definitely save valuable lives. Idea Milestones To Bring Down the Crash Rate and see that People are sure that they return Home safely day after day, always and forever.

Crash Survivors situation is made particularly difficult because of three factors:
Invisibility
The greater society is unaware because so many of us are confined to bed.
Isolation
We are geographically distant from one another, and have no community of peers.
Hopelessness
Most of us believe that we cannot marry, work, or care for ourselves.


What we do: We help crash survivors in India that focus on their survival, mobility, empowerment & inclusion and we do this by:

  • The Ability People is training, connecting & mobilizing common citizens and Police personnel to become first-responders to road crash victims and provide basic life-saving care to victims in a timely manner.
  • Early identification and Intervention providing rehabilitation for crash survivors.
  • Providing Quality Life with Quality Service. Providing appropriate mobility aids and appliances with rehab services.
  • Facilitating peer to peer training for wheelchair users.
  • Active Rehabilitation with active Wheelchair. Providing access to affordable wheelchairs.
  • Meaningful personal and professional life. Supporting Person with Disabilities to be included in all aspects of life.

Why we do it: We want to enable crash survivors worldwide to participate in society as equals. Crash victims are one of the largest groups of un-served and marginalized people. In developing countries including India it is estimated that:

  • Inadequate emergency and trauma care along with lack of trauma audits and systems contribute for a large number of deaths and disabilities as some major problems prevalent in trauma care services in India.
  • An outcome of Dr. Ketna’s PhD thesis (the first of its kind) shows that there are 28 spinal injury rehab centres in India with the total bed capacity of less than 900. Which means out of 20,000 new cases only 900 can get rehabilitation facility once out of the hospital.
  • The eye popping reality is that most of us come home after surgery and do our rehab and which does not include all the points mentioned above which are critical for a person to bounce back.
  • Imagine if each of the 3 lac citizens with spinal injury are rehabilitated fully. What you see here in this parade are only 80 of us, and all the rest would also become tax payers, wealth creators and a support to the society.
  • There are over 1.5 million people with spine injury (Crash Survivors) and we add 20,000 more each year in India, which means on an average 2.28 spine injured per hour!
  • With urbanization and migration of people in India, the profile of people with spinal injury is changing. 15 years ago only the low socio economic labourers were spinal injured, now it encompasses all strata and classes due to falls and vehicular crashs as well as adventure sports.
Our First Programme initiative: Ability Rehabilitation Center (ARC), a post-hospital rehabilitation center, provide active rehabilitation to Crash Survivors especially spinal cord injuries and amputees along with sports, educational and vocational rehabilitation in India. The center directly provide inpatient and outpatient services as well as reach out to remote communities in the working region by providing wheelchair provision services through service camps.

The goal of the Visakhapatnam center is not just to help patients, but to turn them into helpers of patients themselves. Our center is providing free help so that those who get free help can also give free help. Thus they can come out of depression, having found a purpose to help others (as they have been helped). We had seen glory and pain in equal proportions but never lost our head to glory or self to permanent physical disability.

Let’s all walk towards this goal.
We started in a small number. We tried to understand the necessity of educating the importance of life and came out with many ideas of how to approach the needy and do the necessary. We strengthened ourselves by the support of some of our friends who in turn uplifted us www.theabilitypeople.org. From then nothing was in our diaries except to make suffering lives shine in our sun.

Falling down is not a defeat, Defeat is when you refuse to Get up…………..

Now I am Director & Founder Secretary, "The Ability People" Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Also I have friendly association with the remaining NGO's associations. I’m please to inform you at present my role and responsibilities in the following organisations as:

  • Consultant, Tata Elxsi, Bangalore
  • Peer Counsellor & Active Rehab Consultant, For Spinal Cord Injured Persons & Person with Disabilities
  • Director, Ability Rehabilitation Center (ARC), Visakhapatnam.
  • Founder & Secretary, The Ability People (TAP), Visakhapatnam.
  • Member, User Expert, Product Advisory Council (PAC), USAID-funded Consolidating Logistics for Assistive Technology Supply and Provision II (CLASP II)
  • Executive Committee Member, Visakha Forum for Child Rights, Visakhapatnam.
  • Governing Board Member, The Spinal Foundation (TSF), New Delhi, India
  • Member, Asian Spinal Cord Injury Network (ASCoN), Northern Ireland, UK
  • First Nominated Member, State Road Safety Council (SRSC), Government of Andhra Pradesh, Velagapudi, Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • Member, Visakha City Makers Forum, Visakhapatnam.
  • Member, Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety (GANRS), Switzerland
  • Member, International Road Federation, New Delhi (IRF), India
  • Executive Member, Indian Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety (IANRS), New Delhi, India
  • Member, District Road Safety Council (DRSC), Transport Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • Ex-Non-official Co-opted Member, National Road Safety Council (NRSC), Ministry for Road Transport & Highways, Government of India, New Delhi, India.
  • Statutory NGO Member, Local Level Committee (LLC), Visakhapatnam District, National Trust, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.

Thanking you,
Yours truly,

DILIP PATRO
Dedicated Immensely for Lifting Physically challenged Persons And To Rehabilitate Optimistically