Welcome to Cheshire Disability Trust

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“Development can only be sustainable when it is equitable, comprehensive and reachable for all. Persons with disabilities need therefore to be included at all stages of development processes, from inception to monitoring and evaluation. Addressing negative attitudes, the lack of services or ready access to them and other harmful social, economic and cultural barriers will benefit all of society. On this International Day of persons with disabilities, I call on governments, civil society and the global community to work for and alongside persons with disabilities to achieve inclusive, sustainable and equitable development worldwide.”

   - Ban Ki-moon, Secretary- General, United Nations, 3rd December 2011

Our mission statement:

“To change the national consciousness on Disability from Inability to Capability”

Cheshire Disability Trust’s (CDT) roots dwell deep into the history of India, when Lord Leonard Cheshire, a highly decorated world war veteran, met India’s first Prime Minister Sri Jawaharlal Nehru with a vision to provide lifelong residential care services for the disabled, resulting in the first Cheshire Home, outside UK being set up in Mumbai in 1956. Cheshire Homes India is today a strong presence of Twenty Four Cheshire Homes across India providing, high quality residential care for severely disabled people and is sustained through local donations. Since 2008 a new Cheshire service named Livelihood Resource Centre was started to empower Persons with disability towards livelihood.

Cheshire Disability Trust (CDT) was formed in 2010 as an autonomous trust to exclusively focus on promoting livelihoods for Persons with Disabilities (PwD) in India, under the Cheshire Homes India National Council. CDT has its National Livelihood Resource Centre (NLRC) in Bangalore and there are seven other Livelihoods Resource Centers (LRCs) across India. These are implemented by Cheshire's partner organizations in those individual locations, through which the activities of skilling and placing persons with Disability (PwD) towards wage and self employment is done.

The LRCs act as a one stop platform to provide all related services that support a person with disability (PwD) to fully participate in livelihood opportunities and be part of the mainstream. Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) is a UK based international NGO that supports thousands of persons with disabilities in the UK and works in 55 countries in partnership with 250 NGOs across the world. LCD’s Access to Livelihood Programs achieved global recognition in 2012 as being among 40 most innovative development practices. CDT is the implementing partner in India for LCD’s Access to Livelihoods programs. CDT has mainly reached out to persons with disability from poor economic background and from the rural communities.

CDT is a strong enunciation for Persons with Disabilities (PWD).

We look forward to your support in our mission “To change the national consciousness on Disability from Inability to Capability” by empowering persons with disabilities towards decent livelihoods.