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University of Illinois at Chicago

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Fall 2016

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India: Public Health, Policy Advocacy, and Community


Twenty-nine first time and repeat prosthetic users were interviewed over a period of three weeks to determine how they perceived their own disability at Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti, or Jaipur Foot, located in Jaipur, India. The questions delineated different aspects of people’s disabilities and impairment, and asked a multitude of questions regarding social, economic, political, and other contexts, influenced by the conceptual framework of the International Classification of Functioning (ICF). The study analyzed all of the factors as specified by the questionnaire and found that many varying trends over all types of prosthetic users. The study also used the ICF to determine whether or not it can be used in the scope of this study. Notable trends found few differences between the support a person had and whether or not the person was a first time or repeat prosthetic user, as well as a general struggle due to political factors. Overall, the study found that since there were no distinct trends, it was consistent with the changes in the perception of disability in India. Current needs call for increased support for progressive disability-related legislative policy, resource centers, more accessible buildings and transportation, and increased awareness of people with disabilities in general.


Asian Studies | Community Health | Health Policy | International Public Health | Medicine and Health Sciences | Orthopedics | Orthotics and Prosthetics


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