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Harish Kumar, Founder of India's first Driving school for Physically Challanged ABILITY ON WHEELS who wish to introduce himself as differently abled person with a passion for driving.
In 2012 he became the first physically challenged person in the country to successfully complete an All India Driving Expedition thereby creating a new National Records in Limca Book of Records. As on date he has on his name 2 National Records in Limca Book of Records.
After working in Telecom Sector for than 20 years he quit the corporate world last year & decided to work on providing mobility services & solutions to the specially abled people of the country. For this purpose he has floated an NGO Ability on Wheels Charitable Trust.(www.abilityonwheels.org).
As you would be aware of Specially Abled people do face lots of challenges & hurdles in mobility. There’s not even a single driving school for the specially abled, there are no wheel chair accessible vehicles & also the public transport is not disability friendly. Since he himself and experienced these hurdles he decided to work on this cause & be a contributor to the society.
Today the physically challenged people have to first buy a car, get it modified & only then they are provided with a learner’s license. This deprives them of the right to first learn & then buy a car. Also since there is no such driving school they have to learn on their own. Due to this big stumbling block many physically challenged people hesitate in buying a car & hence are deprived of the freedom & independence.
The biggest benefit of this driving school will be that now people can get a learner’s license based on the customized vehicles of the driving school so that they can first learn driving & then go in to buy a car.
Ability on Wheels driving school has cars with various modifications to teach driving to people with the following nature of handicap:
1. Problem in the Left Leg
2. Problem in the Right Leg
3. Problem in both the legs
4. Problem in any one arm.
VISION of Ability on Wheels is to have at least one such school in every state.
This initiative is a SKILL DEVELOPMENT program which can also act as a catalyst in employment generation for the economically weaker sections of differently abled people.
They also have a vision to impart driving training to such people & get them recruited as cab drivers or even cab owners.
Currently the initiative is funded by Harish only. To ensure smooth operations & expansion Harish is looking for funds for which he has initiated a crowd funding campaign www.ketto.org/aow.
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Publised On: Jan 04, 2016