Wadhwani Foundation’s Opportunity Network for Disabled (OND) has been propelling widespread change with the mission of mainstreaming the educated disabled in corporate India within five years. The Foundation aims to achieve this by training and placement of disabled individuals into mid-skill entry level jobs with the goal of placing 100,000 disabled over five years.
This program targets educated PwD youth who are provided training in identified skill areas and placed against regular job openings in mainstream organizations.
Note: If you are an educated PwD looking for your first job, please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. OND can help you get a corporate job either directly or through our partner organizations.
India has a unique talent pool of about 3-4 million educated disabled which can provide tremendous business value to corporate India. However, their representation in Corporate India is meagre, only about 0.8% of the educated disabled talent pool. An educated disabled offers business value having demonstrated tenacity and “can-do” attitude of the highest order in acquiring their degree despite weak supporting infrastructure.
Opportunity Network for Disabled (OND) aims at helping companies recognize the business value of hiring the educated PwD youth in terms of increased productivity, inclusivity, loyalty (retention) and quality of output.
Demonstrated business value through this pilot program could eventually lead to mainstreaming the hiring of the disabled. OND is making a strong pitch on this to Corporate India by providing access to a talented manpower pool, sharing training know-how and educating employers on becoming inclusive.
Large Indian enterprises are taking a cue from western world, where the disabled are already part of the mainstream, are now beginning to hire the disabled and recognize this business value. However, this is still an exception rather than the rule.
As corporate India becomes more sensitized and addresses the needs of the disabled along with creating sustainable business advantage, this is going to be one of the most significant developments for the country.
Under the umbrella of its OND initiative, Wadhwani Foundation has signed partnership agreements with a number of National partners to train and place persons with disabilities into organized sector jobs.
The Foundation funds placements of PwD candidates into mainstream jobs and associated skill development training programs.
The Foundation’s replicable approach has delivered success in a wide variety of industries such as business process outsourcing, remote infrastructure management, retail sales and facilities management. Few enlightened organizations in India that are hiring the disabled are clearly demonstrating the fact that the productivity is higher and attrition lower.
• 9 National training partnerships
• 9,000+ training enrollments
• Many corporates, their business leaders and HR managers sensitized
• Collaboration with Industry Associations
• 5000+ placements
• Large recruiters
|Company Name||Number recruited|
|Vindhya E-Info Media||~100|
|Lemon Tree Hotels||~30|
Wadhwani Foundation in partnership with 9 not-for-profit organizations has so far trained over 9000 Person’s with Disability (PwD) and placed more than 5000 in organized sector jobs. Under the umbrella of its OND initiative, the Foundation funds placements of PwD candidates into mainstream jobs and associated skill development training programs.
Showcased below are few of the numerous life changing case studies:
• Rajma and Halima become economically independent
• Hanumanta Jamadar successfully works in retail and BPO industries
• Najamin Koujalgi has a dream job at Dominos
• Seeni Raja, Kaandharuban and Maharasi work towards higher job aspirations
The Ability Factor: Employing people with disabilities makes good business sense
PWD Act, 1995
UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)
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Census 2011 – Disability Data India
Employment and employability training manual for trainers
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Inclusivity route to empowerment of people with disabilities
Making workplaces and training facilities Accessible
The Companies Bill - 2012
The Companies Bill 2012 - CSR Extract
Companies Bill of 2012 with modified CSR guidelines
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Manual on disability statistics