People with disabilities find it difficult to find employment and NGOs are trying to make things a little better for them.
Ahead of World Disability Day on December 3rd, Metrolife interacted with them to understand how they work.
Lekha J, Program Coordinator, Internships, Living Department, Association of People with Disabilities (APD), says they offer training in hospitality, BPO and retail. Fitters and gardening supervisors are also employed among people with disabilities after their special courses.
The NGO offers certificate courses in nursing, rehab therapy and Indian sign language as well as a diploma in office management and banking.
“We help school and PUC dropouts. After their training, we connect them with employers. We follow an inverse model, meet employers to examine their professional needs and then reach out to the community, ”she explains.
APD runs camps and awareness programs on the Panchayat, Taluk and District levels of the village.
“Parents of people with disabilities are unsure of the credibility of organizations, and they don’t know who to turn to for information. Some parents neglect children with disabilities while others are over-cautious. both cause damage. Our education system does not include disabled people, ”she notes.
An awareness program for employers and job seekers from the Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled.
Employees in all organizations should be open to employees with disabilities, she urges.
Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled offers a varied program. Mallikarjun, Head of Human Resources, says, “We offer free education to students through high school. We currently have around 500 students from rural areas in Karnataka. Students with speech, visual, or physical disabilities are given all options. “
Samrathanam offers three month programs for job seekers. “We offer computer training and education for the BPO and retail sectors. Our candidates were hired by Vindhya e-Infomedia, Capgemini and Flipkart, ”he says.
To hire a visually impaired person to work on a computer, a company needs Jaws screen reading software. Samarthanam has started installing it in companies to encourage the recruitment of people with disabilities, he says.
Many companies now welcome people with disabilities and reserve two percent of their jobs for them, says Mallikurjan.
Organizations like Ability in Disability offer direct job opportunities.
Shalini S, Head of HR at Ability in Disability, says, “We train people with disabilities to assemble and package jobs. We have centers in Adugodi, Doddaballapur, Singasandra and Hosur. ”
Most of the employees come from economically weaker areas. In the Adugodi Center, people from the LR Nagar slums get jobs.
“They prefer to work close to where they live because mobility is a problem,” she says.
The assigned work is simple, but the employees need to ensure quality standards. “Strict instructions are followed. We have capable managers who care for and support people with disabilities. A line inspector helps with the assembly and marking of products, ”she says.
The work is outsourced by Bosch, Indo-MIM and other companies. “We have been offering jobs since 2002,” she says.
In many companies, the infrastructure is not handicap-friendly. “They don’t have ramps and elevators, which makes it difficult for the physically challenged to move. We try to sensitize companies, ”says Mallikarjun, HR officer at the Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled.
* The Association of People with Disabilities, Lingarajapuram
Phone: 080 25475165
Email: [email protected]
* Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, JP Nagar
Email: [email protected]
* Ability in the event of disability, adugodi
Telephone: 080 2211 4477