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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 37-40

Development of training manuals for community disability workers

1 Department of Community Based Rehabilitation, JSS College of Physiotherapy, Mysore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Physiotherapy, Sikkim Manipal University, Gangtok, Sikkim, India
3 Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
4 Independent Practitioner (PT), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Kavitha Raja
JSS College of Physiotherapy, Mysore - 570 004, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/PJIAP.PJIAP_19_19

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BACKGROUND: People with disability (PWD) living in the community often require ongoing assistance for self-care and for continuing rehabilitation maintenance programs. While awareness material is easily available, training for volunteers working with disabled population and family members of PWD is hard to come by. AIM: The aim of this study was to develop resource material for training of disability workers, community-based rehabilitation (CBR) workers, and school teachers in rural areas in specific areas. METHODOLOGY: Using standard guidelines, training manuals were prepared under five specific categories to train CBR volunteers to undertake routine maintenance exercise programs and functional training strategies. These manuals were translated into Kannada, and in stepwise process fieldworkers, school teachers and CBR workers were trained. Revisions were made based on feedback received from stakeholders. RESULTS: Five manuals pertaining to specific areas have been prepared and tested. CONCLUSION: The training manuals developed for CBR workers are available in English and Kannada and were found to be useful by the target population in this preliminary study.

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