According to the 2011 Census of India, 2.68 Crore persons live in India with a disability. Yet our social environment—shops, parks, buildings, roads, and even hospitals and educational institutes and systems—are not accessible or inclusive. The Government of India and state governments provide no social security or support to people with disabilities. As a result, disabled people must turn to their families—mostly mothers and sisters as caregivers—for support.
Rising Flame aims to make inroads into expanding these choices by connecting people with disabilities to the support they need through members of the public who can readily provide these support services. Many people with disabilities face barriers within their social environments that can be solved with easy assistance—the solutions can be as simple as someone offering an arm during their morning walk, dedicating time to read for someone on the weekend, or helping someone get to the closest grocery store.
Our Assist Me App is a platform for connecting persons with disabilities who request assistance with such tasks with registered and vetted buddies—students, professionals, and others—who are willing to help.
The objectives of this app are threefold:
- To fill the social security gap in India;
- To reduce the burden of care on families of people with disabilities;
- To enable people with disabilities to live a fuller life.
Through a quick needs assessment, we have mapped the activities that people with disabilities would largely like support for, and May 2018, we have partnered with HELM Studio to make the Assist Me App a reality!