Who we are

CBM is a disability and development organisation committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest communities of the country. CBM works across the country in areas of health, education and livelihood in 26 states of the country. We work for people with and without disabilities in an inclusive model.

Why do we focus on persons with disability?

Poverty and disability go hand-in-hand, making people with disability among the poorest in the country. A combination of people’s attitudes, limited implementation of laws and an inaccessible environment can also stop a person with disability from having the same opportunities as everyone else.

  • Vision

    An inclusive world in which all persons with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.

  • 1967

    CBM began educational and rehabilitation projects, followed by projects on eye care, vocational training and livelihood

  • 1975
    Community Ophthalmology services initiated in CBM supported hospitals
  • 1977
    The first Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) programme was initiated in Tamil Nadu
  • 1979
    The concept of integrated education promoted by CBM and Government of Tamil Nadu
  • 1978-80
    Development of sign language dictionary “The Talking Hands” by Helen Keller
    Institute of Deaf and Deafblind with the support of CBM and NASEOH
  • 1999
    Vision 2020 – The Right to Sight launched with other NGOs and WHO
  • 1989
    Computerised Braille book production system introduced in Tamil Nadu
  • 2004
    CBM received awared from the
    Government of India for its exemplary contribution towards the elimination of Avoidable Blindness in India
  • 2014
    Include Vidya campaign launched to promote inclusive education
  • 2017
    CBM India received Zero Project
    Innovation Award 2017 for disability
    inclusive organic farming project