Asian People's Disability Alliance (APDA)
The Asian People's Disability Alliance (APDA) is a user-led registered charity of Asian disabled people.The Organisation's aim being to increase the numbers of Asian pwd accessing mainstream health and social care services by APDA offering such services itself in collaboration and partnership with mainstream providers.APDA runs a volunteering programme in Sri Lanka, supporting Asian people with disabilities, that are marginalised and do not receive any services or support.
APDA aims to provide needs-led and user-led culturally-appropriate services that mainstream service providers are unable to provide because of limited or no expertise in culturally-related matters of Asian disabled people, their carers and their families.The organisation seeks to work in partnership and in collaboration with service planners and other mainstream bodies to help incorporate the particular needs of APDA's client groups in service planning and other programmes that affect their lives.It also strives to act as a resource for Asian disabled people, their carers and families for consultation, peer support, exchange of information and ideas etc. and as facilitators in their social development.
APDA provides training, health and education sessions and helps with job creation in Srki Lanka through skilled UK volunteers.The charity also works in the slum areas of Delhi where disabled people have little or no opportunities, working with its partner Concerned Action Now (CAN), it provides disabled people with training to live independently and helps them to create jobs for themselves, as well as training them to train other disabled people.