The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the proposal of the Department of Disability Affairs to provide accessible mobile phone to visually impaired students of 18 years and above only once in five years and to provide laptop, Braille Note Taker and Brailler to school-going disabled students (10th and above) once in 10 years.
It also decided to bring certain modifications and revision of cost norms in the Scheme of Assistance to Disabled Persons for Purchase/Fitting of Aids/Appliances (ADIP Scheme). The changes will be effective from April 1, 2014.

As per the modifications, the income eligibility ceiling for 100 percent concession in purchase of such fittings has been increased from the existing Rs 6500 per month to Rs
15,000 per month and for a 50 percent concession from Rs 15001 to Rs. 20,000 per month, a government release said.

The cost ceiling for aids/appliances has been revised from Rs 6,000 to Rs 10,000 for single disability and from Rs 8,000 to Rs 12,000 for students with disabilities. The ceiling of cost of medical/surgical correction which presently ranges from Rs. 500 to Rs 3000 has also been revised.

It will be now Rs 1000 for hearing and speech-impaired, the double of what it was earlier at Rs 500 and for visually disabled it has been doubled to Rs 2000.

The proposal also seeks to enhance the extent of subsidy for motorized tricycles and wheelchairs from the present Rs 6000 to Rs 25,000 for severely disabled and for locomotor disabilities such as quadriplegic (SCI), muscular dystrophy, stroke, cerebral palsy, hemiplegia and any other person with similar conditions where either three/four limbs or one half of the body are severely impaired.
This will be provided to persons of 18 years and above, once in 10 years. There is also a provision for cochlear implant for 500 children per year with hearing disability under the scheme, with a ceiling of Rs 6 lakh per unit. Those earning less than Rs 15000 per month will be eligible for 100 percent concession while those earning between Rs 20,000 and Rs 15001 will get 50 percent concession.
The ADIP Scheme was launched in 1981 with the objective of providing durable/sophisticated and scientifically manufactured modern, standard aids and appliances to promote physical/social and psychological rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) by reducing the effects of disabilities and enhance their economic potential. The scheme was revised last in 2005.


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