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In 2013 CBM continued to emphasise and develop work in advocacy to influence local or national policy on disability. 441 projects were involved in advocacy work and 490 projects were involved at the community level to create awareness about the rights of persons with disabilities.
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Tribute to A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam former President of India
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Former President of India A. P. J. Abdul Kalam reading a CBM publication on the sidelines of CBM's centenary celebration in 2008

CBM India deeply mourns the death of former President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

The late president was not only an inspiration for the young generation, but also a supporter of Persons with Disabilities. The Bharat Ratna Awardee and his team developed a lightweight prosthetics from space-age materials to enable children with disabilities to walk. He expressed his delight on seeing children run and cycle using these light weight artificial limbs. “When I see children run around and cycle with the artificial limbs, we designed, it is sheer bliss," Dr. Kalam said while delivering the 12th convocation address of the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University in 2010. "I had seen these children struggling with the artificial limbs that weighed at least 4 kg. My team made one with composite heat materials used for rockets. This one is 10 times lighter," he said. 


Dr Kalam was always eager and willing to lend support to conversations and events related to the rights, and needs, of Persons with Disabilities.
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Winning combination of cricket and inclusion

Message by India’s T20 Blind Cricket Team on celebrating CBM India’s winning combination of cricket and inclusion.

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Why Vidya must go to school

We all feel very strongly about the need of education for enabling children to find opportunities and addressing development challenges of the country


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