Concerned Action Now CAN

a future within our reach

Established in 1982 by Professor Ali Baquer, Concerned Action Now is a mission-led, non-political and non-profit NGO. CAN’s services are distinctive and varied, focusing on advocacy, action and research. CAN’s interventions help in finding contemporary solutions to effectively tackle disability issues with the active help of people with disabilities and professionals (Homepage).

All pages have the same URL: to find them click on the internal links, as:

  • - in the upper line: HOME, ABOUT CAN, ALI BAQUER, ACTIVITIES/WORK, CAN CRAFT, DISABLISM, OUR PEOPLE, CONTACT US;
  • - down each page you find Vocational Training Centre,  Donations, Ali Baquer Memorial Lecture, Our Mission, Our Vision, Publications & Reports, Funding Agencies, Resources Persons & Volunteers, Can Craft, Can’s Executive Board.

ABOUT CAN: Our Vision & Our Mission Established in 1982 by Professor Ali Baquer, Concerned Action Now is a mission-led, non-political and non-profit NGO. CAN’s services are distinctive and varied, focusing on advocacy, action and research. CAN’s interventions help in finding contemporary solutions to effectively tackle disability issues with the active help of people with disabilities and professionals. 

The human rights movement has boldly and categorically shifted the attention of policy makers from the mere provision of charitable services to vigorously protecting their basic right to dignity and self-respect.Following this path CAN focuses on reshaping our society on the basis of the social model of disability. We believe in bringing forth the 90 million disabled of India into the mainstream by empowering them and others with knowledge of their rights and their rightful place in the system, a system to keep the disabled in and not shut them out.

CAN’s gamut of activities stem from research, based on Action Learning techniques, as a tool to collect and disseminate information on all issues concerning disability; from data collection to the law and its safeguards, from health care and sanitation issues, availability or the lack of services and the strengthening and improvement of existing provisions.

Action for awareness and sensitivity amongst people regarding the causes, issues and solutions of disability is achieved through CAN’s network of individuals, professionals, scholars, agencies, the disabled and their families. CAN’s agenda of action unfolds by means of its books and publications, pamphlets, workshops, seminars, media interactions and its annual Ribbon Campaign on 3rd December, the International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

CAN works to provide empowerment and education to the poorest segment of the marginalised community of disabled persons through its Vocational Training Centres running in two slums of South Delhi. The handcrafted products made by disabled people and members of their families are sold under the brand name of CAN CRAFTS. Children in these settlements are also looked after in the pre-school and play schools run by CAN.

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