The Disability Initiative encourages inclusion of persons with disabilities in the industry by making them job ready and sensitizing the industry about employment and accessibility.
NASSCOM Foundation has been actively engaging with the IT-BPM industry to increase Disability inclusion since 2010. What started as conversations to sensitize the companies on disability has grown to be an independent vertical working towards enabling the eco-system to be disability inclusive in holistic terms.
The Initiative endeavors to advocate for economic empowerment of Persons with Disabilities through inclusion in workplace. At the same time the efforts are also on to empower persons with disabilities to be able to take up technical job roles in the industry through capability centers. Another important initiative is to promote digital literacy among persons with disabilities starting at a very young age to those living in rural areas with limited access to such opportunities through National Digital Literacy Mission Centers.
The key objectives of the program are:
Web accessibility is an inclusive practice of removing barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to websites, by people with disabilities. When sites are correctly designed, developed and edited, all users have equal access to information and functionality. Globally technology has emerged as a game changer for several people living with disabilities. However, India with a 100 million or more of the population living with disability has limited opportunities with access to assistive technologies that are both high tech in functionality and of an affordable cost.
Barrier-Free accessibility refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people who experience disabilities. Accessibility is strongly related to universal design which is the process of creating products that are usable by people with the widest possible range of abilities, operating within the widest possible range of situations. This is about making things accessible to all people.
Joji Mammen, a 26 years old lively fun loving young man who cannot hear or speak is working as a Data Analyst at State Street, thanks to the Data Management and Analysis training.