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Jewellery production – creating jobs for persons with intellectual disabilities
Jhankar is an NGO that runs a costume jewellery business where the products are designed and produced by people with intellectual disabilities. Jhankar provides skills development opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities and transforms them into entrepreneurs who become socially and economically integrated in their communities.
Persuading employers that inclusive employment can support their business case
DRPI AWARE is a joint project between York University and disability organisations that work with employers to recognise the skills of disabled workers rather than focusing on their disabilities and limitations. Between 2013 and 2016, DRPI AWARE has successfully placed 163 people in employment in the open labour market.
York University Canada, Disability Rights Promotion International - Asian Workplace approach that respects equality (DRPI AWARE), India
IT-company funding an incubator programme for assistive technology start-ups
"BIRAC– Social Alpha Quest for Assistive Technologies – supported by Mphasis" is an incubator programme for start-ups in India working on assistive technologies and innovative solutions for people with disabilities. In 2019, 14 start-ups were selected to receive free incubation support, direct funding, and mentoring.
Mphasis, Ltd., BIRAC-Social Alpha Quest for Assistive Technologies – supported by Mphasis, India
Strategic engagement with government to push for national disability legislation
Mphasis funded the NCPEDP with the purpose of advocating for a national disability policy. The programme carried out an intensive, multifaceted drive to bring together people with disabilities and government representatives. The effort resulted in the passage of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act in 2016.
Mphasis, Ltd., India
Design studio that produces playgrounds for all children and all senses
Gudgudee is a product and space design studio based in Thane, India, that designs and builds inclusive playgrounds for children with disabilities while also providing a range of indoor and outdoor playground products. The concept includes play elements such as large drums but also maintenance of executed playgrounds.
Gudgudee, Inclusive play areas for children, India
Promoting micro-enterprises and entrepreneurship
ARUNIM’s key objective is to create a Marketing Federation and facilitate entrepreneurs with disabilities to become "Contributors and Job Creators". ARUNIM works with 192 NGOs as well as individual entrepreneurs as members across the country. It reaches out to more than 3,000 persons with disabilities.
Association for Rehabilitation under National Trust Initiative of Marketing, Promoting micro-enterprises and entrepreneurship, India
Community-based support services to persons with psychosocial disabilities
‘Seher Urban Community Mental Health and Inclusion’ (UCMHI) is a programme of the Indian Bapu Trust designed to promote independent living for people with psychosocial disabilities residing in urban slum settlements. In 2022 the model has been implemented in additional Indian states.
BAPU TRUST FOR RESEARCH ON MIND AND DISCOURSE, Bapu Trust For Research on Mind & Discourse, India
Fast-growing café chain with a majority of employees with disabilities
Since 2017, Mitti Café has been providing hospitality training and employment opportunities in accessible cafés established on the premises of educational institutions or private-sector companies. As of 2020 there are 12 Mitti Cafés, which are managed and staffed entirely by adults with disabilities.
Mitti Cafe, MITTI Café, India
Providing free adaptations and prosthetics for amputees and persons with mobility issues
Jaipur Foot Organization provides free prosthetic devices and applications. In 1975, there were 59 prosthetic devices, today about 60,000 people annually receive specially designed prosthetic devices, wheelchairs etc. and even financial support. This is mainly in rural areas of India and in 27 other countries.
Jaipur Foot Organization (BMVSS), BMVSS, India
Inclusive job preparation and placement in the media & entertainment sector
AEMP offers pre-vocational and vocational training programmes in a range of technology, multimedia, and art-based themes, which focus on learning through play. In addition, the project provides mentoring and monitoring tools as well as various support and training to parents, educators, and professionals.
AIMS Media Pvt. Ltd., Ability Enhancement Programme, India