107 Youth with Disabilities successfully complete training under AIFs Ability Based Livelihood Empowerment (ABLE) program

 107 Youth with Disabilities successfully complete training under AIFs Ability Based Livelihood Empowerment (ABLE) program

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It is ones ability, not disability that defines an individual.

Mumbai, July 2018: The American India Foundation (AIF) felicitated 107 youth with disabilities on the completion of their skills training under Ability Based Livelihood Empowerment (ABLE) program. Shri Ruchesh Jaivanshi IASCommissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Maharashtra distributed certificates to the ABLE trainees. These visually-impaired and physically-challenged youth were skilled in fields such as Retail, Hospitality and Physiotherapy and given pre-employment training by AIF’s implementing partners NAB Mumbai and Cheshire Homes Mumbai. With the support of Tarsadia Foundation-USA, ABLE advocates for inclusive growth in India through the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the workforce and acceptance of disabilities within larger communities. Other eminent guests present during the event included Sanjoy Dutta, AVP of Franklin Templeton Investments and Sajit Menon, AIF’s Head of Programs. Parents and employers also shared their experiences of transformation in the ABLE candidates as they emerged out of their training and joined the work-force confidently.

 

Mathew Joseph, Country Director-AIF said “Today is a proud moment for us. In a country where less than 2% of its disabled are employed, AIF’s ABLE program is revolutionizing the industry paradigm by training and advocating for employment of people with disabilities. Till date, we have trained over 14,000 PwDs in 19 states across India and will skill another 2500 this year. We strongly believe that people with disabilities should be encouraged and given equal opportunities.”

 

The American India Foundation is committed to catalyzing social and economic change in India, and building a lasting bridge between the United States and India through high-impact interventions in education, livelihoods, public health, and leadership development. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with NGOs to develop and test innovative solutions and with governments to create and scale sustainable impact. Founded in 2001 at the initiative of President Clinton following a suggestion from Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee, AIF has impacted the lives of 4.6 million of India’s poor. More information available at www.AIF.org

 

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