Other eminent guests present during the event included Meenu Bhambhani, VP & Head - CSR, Mphasis, Rama Chari, Director, Diversity & Equal Opportunity Centre (DEOC), Bipendra Gupta, General Manager, Lemon Tree Hotels, and Jyothi Ganapathi, Accenture. Addressing the participants, Shri V.S. Basavaraju, State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Government of Karnataka said “We need to talk about diversity in not just one particular sector, but diversity across all other sectors that are equally important for people with disabilities to be able to have a meaningful life. The Government is committed to doing its best. Collaboration and convergence seems to be the mantra to make this happen.”
On the occasion Mathew Joseph, Country Director, AIF said “In a country where less than 2% of its disabled are employed, AIF is revolutionizing the industry paradigm in India by providing equal opportunity and access to employment for persons with disabilities. Participation from the corporate sector is crucial in promoting inclusion of PwDs, especially women with disabilities at workplace.”
AIF’s Ability Based Livelihood Empowerment (ABLE) works with persons with disabilities by providing skill development training and creating employment opportunities for a sustainable livelihood. Since its inception, ABLE has trained more than 14,000 PwDs. With specialized curriculum development for the visually impaired, hearing impaired and orthopedically impaired, ABLE combines assistive technologies and workplace solutions with career counselling. ABLE also builds the capacity of NGOs across India to ensure equal opportunities for all PwDs.
About AIF: The American India Foundation is committed to catalyzing social and economic change in India, and building a lasting bridge between the United States and India through high-impact interventions in education, livelihoods, public health, and leadership development. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with NGOs to develop and test innovative solutions and with governments to create and scale sustainable impact. Founded in 2001 at the initiative of President Bill Clinton following a suggestion from Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee, AIF has impacted the lives of 4.6 million of India’s poor. Learn more at www.AIF.org
AIF’s Ability Based Livelihood Empowerment (ABLE) program trains persons with disabilities (PwDs) and facilitates their entry into the job market through advocacy, promoting inclusive growth in India. With specialized curriculum development for the visually developed (massage therapy), hearing impaired (retail and hospitality) and orthopedically impaired (mobility); the ABLE program combines assistive technologies and workplace solutions with career counselling, while building the capacity of NGOs across India to ensure equal opportunities (SDG 10) for all Persons with Disability (PwDs).
Cheshire Disability Trust (CDT) is a non-profit voluntary organization registered in 2011 is a member of the Leonard Cheshire Disability Global Alliance, a worldwide organization with affiliations in 54 countries. CDT’s mission is to enable people to improve their quality of life and to campaign for the removal of the barriers which hinder them.