Winner: Accessible Technology for Skilling and Livelihood of Differently Abled, Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled


Contact Person – Mr Prateek Madhav,CEO


Challenge: It is estimated that India is home to over 6-10 crore Persons with Disability (PwD). A majority of this population belongs to underserved communities and face social discrimination often not being allowed to access basic education, employment and healthcare services. This has left over 80-90% of the working age disabled population unemployed and without a source of livelihood.


Innovation: Samarthanam provides vocational training to disabled youth across the sectors of IT/BPO/Banking/Hospitality and many others. Training is provided through 7 livelihood resource centers that are equipped with computers, IT equipment and accessible software programs such as JAWS, NVDA and tactile diagram based computer courses. They also record and store a wealth of sign code material in video format for the hearing impaired youth. No prior educational qualifications are necessary for youth to join these courses with the exception of IT/BPO training (12th Std pass is required) with training being provided to students mostly in the age group of 18-35yrs.

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