Former Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who passed away on Monday, was concerned about people with disability and along with his team developed lightweight prosthetics from space-age material to enable children with disabilities to walk. CBM, an overseas disability charity, said in a post, "Kalam was not only an inspiration for the young generation, but also a supporter of Persons with Disabilities."
While delivering the 12th convocation address of the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University in 2010, Kalam said, "When I see children run around and cycle with the artificial limbs we designed, it is sheer bliss. I had seen these children struggling with the artificial limbs that weighed at least 4 kg. My team made one with composite heat materials used for rockets. This one is 10 times lighter."
Mourning Kalam's death, CBM said, "Dr. Kalam was always eager and willing to lend support to conversations and events related to the rights, and needs, of Persons with Disabilities."
CBM describes itself as an international Christian development organization, that is committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world.