A celebratory milestone in the journey of Helen Keller Awards—2019 will mark its 20th Edition of honoring people and organizations working towards promoting employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
The objective of the NCPEDP Helen Keller Awards was to start a discourse on equal opportunities for persons with disabilities in the area of employment at a time when no one was even thinking about it. Organizations and employees with disabilities would become brand ambassadors for the cause of employment of persons with disabilities and take the momentum forward. Role models from all walks of life would be identified and celebrated in an attempt to motivate and encourage others.
Over the past 19 years, these Awards have come to be recognized as the most prestigious Indian benchmark for honoring people and organizations doing exemplary work towards the cause of inclusion.
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Given away every year on 2nd December – the eve of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the NCPEDP Helen Keller Awards since 2016 are being supported by Mindtree Limited—a company passionate about creating equal employment opportunities and an enabling work environment for persons with disabilities.
Arman Ali, Executive Director, NCPEDP, “Helen Keller Award was conceptualized 20 years ago, to begin a dialogue on the employment of people with disabilities. It was a time when no one was even thinking about it. In its 20th Edition now; I wonder how far we’ve come. Yes, today I see more companies proactively hiring people with disabilities but this shouldn’t be earmarked to just metro cities or sectors. Every sector—private, public and even entrepreneurship—people with disabilities should be a robust part of the workforce. I would like to extend my gratitude to Mindtree for their continued support towards a vision of an inclusive India.”
Abraham Moses, General Manager, Mindtree Foundation, “The Mindtree Foundation has pledged to bring a positive change to the world, making an impact on education, employment, and enabling inclusivity for people with disabilities. We applaud the continued commitment by the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People to recognize and support organizations that enable equal opportunities for people of different physical capabilities. The Helen Keller Award provides hope for equality and inclusivity among people with disabilities in our society.”
Each year a total of 10 Awards are given away – 3 each in the two individual categories and 4 for role model companies/organizations
Nominations are now open in the following categories-
Category A: Role Model Disabled Person: Disabled persons from within the disability sector and outside who have been active as ambassadors of the cause of employment for disabled people and are a positive role model for others.
Category B: Role Model Supporter of Increased Employment Opportunities for Disabled People: Individuals from within the disability sector or outside who have contributed substantially to the cause of promoting employment opportunities for disabled people over an extended period of time.
Category C: Role Model Companies/NGOs/Institutions: Organisations from the disability sector or outside who have shown their commitment towards promoting equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
The last date for sending nominations is Sunday 12th October 2019
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Registered in 1996, the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) is the country’s premier cross-disability, not-for-profit organization working as an interface between Government, Industry, International Agencies and the Voluntary Sector towards empowerment of persons with disabilities. Its mandate is simple – to encourage the employment of disabled people, increase public awareness on the issue of disability, empower disabled people with knowledge, information and opportunities and ensure easy and convenient access to all public places. NCPEDP works on six core principles, also called the six pillars of the organization, namely: 1) Education; 2) Employment; 3) Accessibility; 4) Legislation/Policy; 5) Awareness/Communication, and 6) Youth. To know more- www.ncpedp.org
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About Helen Keller Awards:
The story of the Helen Keller Awards started way back in 1999 as a result of the findings of a survey conducted of the Top 100 Companies of India by the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP). The results showed that the average percentage of employment of people with disabilities was as follows:
- 0.54 % in the public sector
- 0.28 % in the private sector
- 0.05 % in multinationals
Thus, the Award was constituted to recognize exceptional work done by Corporates and individuals towards promoting employment opportunities for people with disabilities in India.