People with disabilities are among the most marginalized worldwide, with children at an even higher risk of stigma, abuse, neglect and death. Although 38 million need prosthetics or orthotics (P&Os) annually, less than 10% are able to access them. Without these assistive devices, people with physical impairments are unable to go to school, gain employment or even conduct daily living activities and engage with their communities – resulting in a cycle of disability and poverty. By disrupting traditional P&O production methods using 3D printing technology, this project can dramatically improve device availability. Access to devices alone, however, will not solve this crisis. By creating Centers of Excellence that will not only produce and fit devices but also facilitate ability-centered initiatives for children and adults with disabilities to learn and develop, this project will dismantle discrimination and foster empowerment. Integrating inclusive programming into existing learning platforms will ensure wider systems.
Hope and Healing Internationalwebsite: https://www.hopeandhealing.org/
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