• Self-Employment Training Center
  • SWADHAR Rehabilitation Center
  • Apang Samta Manch

Self-Employment Training Center for Blind and Handicapped


The center provides employment focused vocational training to visually challenged persons coupled with life skill development training. The vocational training center is partially granted by state government and recognized by department of social justice and empowerment Govt. of Maharashtra. It is a two years residential training course and 30 trainees avail training facility annually. The training is given free of cost with stipend and essential facilities.


Main trade offered is handloom weaving as handloom weaving as one the most suitable livelihood option that can provide stable employment opportunity to rural visually challenged and handicapped persons.

On similar lines massage and acupressure training for visually challenged persons is promising livelihood option.


From June 2011 the center has decided to introduce two new courses that are, Massage & Acupressure and other, Computer Operation with MS office for educated visually challenged youth.

This training center is the only center in entire Marathwada region that offers these training courses to visually challenged youth.

SWADHAR Rehabilitation Center for Rural Persons With Disability


Economic independence is a prerequisite for sustainable rehabilitation of persons with disability and for the same organization has identified handloom weaving as a one of the feasible and sustainable livelihood especially for the rural visually challenged persons.

Based on experience the organization has adopted strategy to promote handloom weaving common production centers where persons with disability after training claims stable employment opportunity.


GSP has developed market for the products manufactured by differently able persons in the region under the brand name Swadhar over period of 25 years through building customer base, and market linkages.

Mat making from old Saris is an innovative handloom product and has unique position in market. This product is unique in nature since it saves the cost of customer up to 70 p.c. and also supports environment conservation efforts by recycling waste cloth material to produce beautiful and daily useful product. Presently we are the sole manufacturer and have tremendous demand from market hence has a potential to provide employment at large scale to PWD.


Presently 36 visually challenged and 4 orthopaedically challenged persons including 18 women and 22 men are taking self-employment opportunity at the center based in village Budhoda.

Apang Samta Manch

Advocacy and Action Forum for the Protection of Equal Opportunity Rights of PWD


The issue of inclusion of persons with disability is complex and interventions are required at multiple level including family, community, society and at policy making level. Sensitization of different stakeholders to be more responsive towards the rehabilitation needs of persons with disability is essential.

On the other side building collective strength and capacities of disabled people to enable their equal participation and equal opportunity rights is must.




Apang Samta Manch has been established in December 2009 as a dedicated advocacy and action forum to facilitate social and economic inclusion of persons with disability and protect their equal opportunity rights.

The Advocacy and Action Forum aims to work with following objectives

  1. To reach to un-reached underprivileged rural persons with disability and organize in Self Help Groups / Mutual Help Groups
  2. To extend rehabilitation support to needy disabled youth and women for their social and economic inclusion based on assessed abilities and socio-economic background.
  3. To identify suitable income generation activities and provide skill development training to rural persons with disability to their economic inclusion and sustainable rehabilitation.
  4. Coordinate convergence process with local government institutions, government agencies/ departments and non-government resource agencies to avail resources and ensure effective utilization of 3% mandatory resources reserved for the rehabilitation of persons with disability.
  5. To build an advocacy and action forum of rural persons with disability and supporters willing to work for the equal opportunity rights and inclusion of rural disabled.
  6. To conduct research studies on various issues and conduct advocacy campaigns for policy changes and protection of equal opportunity rights.
  7. To demonstrate right to work of disabled person by promoting their income generation activities and extending market linkage support for the products manufactured by rural persons with disability.