B. Kumari, parent, said her seven-year-old son could hardly walk as he suffers from cerebral palsy. Her repeated visits to the hospitals for his treatment turned not only a horrendous task but also an expensive affair.
Thankfully, Ms. Kumari soon became a member of Asha Deep, a parents’ association for the mentally-challenged, and enrolled for the Niramaya health insurance scheme for the welfare of persons with cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation and multiple disabilities. Today, a major part of her son’s treatment expenses has been covered under the scheme.
At the foundation day celebrations of Asha Deep, mothers who gathered at Ramakrishna Mission Cerebral Palsy Clinic on Thursday, shared how the association helped them apply for the health card and avail a list of services including railway concession and bus pass for their special children.
President of Asha Deep P.M.K. Rao said the association’s extensive awareness drive focuses on educating parents of special children on government schemes and other benefits they can avail. According to Sri Lakshmi, home-maker and member of Asha Deep, associations such as these will help parents connect with like-minded individuals facing similar challenges and work on solutions.
Senior consultant and psychiatrist of Arogya Raksha Wellness Clinic M. Srinivas Sastry, secretary and in-charge of RK Mission School and CP Clinic Swami Atmavidananda, and coordinator of Asha Deep K. Ujjwal Swaroop were present.