According to the Population Census, 2011, in India, there are over 1.34 crore persons with disabilities in the employable age group. Out of this, about 99 lakh or almost 73.8 per cent are marginal workers or out of employment. With an aim to work towards economic independence and dignity of people living with disabilities, and to the bridge gap, social entrepreneurs Shanti Raghavan and her husband Dipesh Sutaria founded EnABle India, a non-profit organisation in 1999.
Enable India not only upskills the persons with disabilities but also trains other stakeholders in their lives like family members, teachers, employers and local governments to help create a favourable environment for them. They conduct workshops and demonstrations on the use of technology and innovative solution and help the stakeholders incorporate those in their daily life.
EnAble India is creating an ecosystem to make those with disabilities live with dignity and feel like one among the others in society. The organisation has helped over 72,500 pwersons with disabilities across over 350 locations in 28 states of India to get A job and become financially independent. The NGO has collaborated with 725 companies and 229 partner organisations across 1,050 locations in 27 countries to provide placements to people with disabilities.
Mr Sutaria, founder of Enable India says that India is sitting on a huge, untapped pool of talented people with disabilities, that can play a crucial role in the country's growth. He added that almost 3-4 per cent of the country's GDP is foregone by not including persons with disabilities in the working sector.
EnAble India connects with people through their website, social media, local governments, other NGOs or directly at their office. They even reach out to students in their last year of graduation who will soon be looking for a job, in order to provide them career counselling and train them as per their aptitude.
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