One of the main mottos of DNA is more impact in the field, advocating with a clearer voice, and finding resources. Better coordination among disability organizations will result in the NGO network responding more effectively and more efficiently. DNA believes firmly that speaking with one voice will have greater impact, a clearer voice and more potential to raise money to support the cause. Building DNA as a strong entity and strengthening the members is the primary goal of the alliance.
Liaising with the Government
DNA has strategically been liaising with the Govt. Departments on various occasions in its endeavour to influence the policy makers and opinionators in the disability sector. This will not only ensure better accountability, but will also enable better utilization of resources in the sector.
While closely associating itself with the Directorate of Empowerment of Differently Abled and Senior Citizens (DEDS&SC), DNA is facilitating meetings among the NGOs for the following:
- Conducting of the State level Survey & needs assessment for PWDs in the state.
- Review of State policy for PWDs in the state
- Announcement of Draft Education policy for the state by the Education departments.
Connecting with Corporates and Donors
One of the most common challenges faced by NGOs is lack of adequate funds. Lack of funds limits the quality and /or quantity of important work done by Disability Organizations. DNA plans to tie up with potential Corporates and Donors in a big way to increase financial security. DNA will strategically weigh funding options including Grants, Donations, Fund Raising Campaigns, etc and decide the best fit to match the Alliance’s needs, abilities and values.
Raising Disability Awareness
The key aim of DNA’s work is to promote inclusion and equality of opportunity of disabled people in all areas of community life. DNA proposes to do this by providing information, advice, guidance, training and consultancy to a wide range of statutory, voluntary and business sector organisations. By doing this we support organisations and enable them to become more accessible and inclusive to disabled people.
One Stop Source for the Disability Sector
DNA will be the one-stop source for comprehensive information related to disability in India. A catalogue of all Acts, Laws, Litigations, Legal Aid Cells related to Disability are available at DNA. With stalwart NGOs coming together under one umbrella, DNA takes pride in the huge knowledge resource that it maintains, with information on Aids & Appliances, Events, Conferences, Employment opportunities etc. for PWDs.
DNA proposes to put forward the following tasks for inclusion by concerned Govt. Departments as per the Disability l Act-1995. These will form the basis of the coalition’s strategy until 2016 which will focus on building evidence and policy momentum around each task.
- Ensure that there is universal information for all Parents of PWDs and targeted support for vulnerable Parents to promote babies’ over all development.
- Promote early intervention by ensuring the provision by early screening and provision of rehabilitation support by the PHCs\DDRCs services that are jointly designed with parents, NGOs and other civil society organizations, and give easy access to support for their overall health and well-being of individuals including mental health to reduce problems and long term risk.
- Ensure the provision of age appropriate rehabilitation services including health and wellbeing services for 0-25 year olds based on a holistic local assessment of their needs.
- Ensure to conduct the need assessment survey on all PWDs, in the state of Karnataka and develop the date base to plan the appropriate services by the respective departments\ agencies. To ensure that commissioners have access to current information about prevalence and needs.
- Publish guidance for training providers across all the age groups of PWDs including young people’s workforce on the inclusion of children’s with Disabilities development and mental health in their training curriculums to establish this is a public health priority.