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Transforming Attitudes Towards the Employment of Disabled Students

Ashoka Fellow, Bangalore, India

Speech Topics:An electronics engineer with 10 years of experience in the corporate sector in India and the US, Shanti Raghavan is transforming attitudes towards employment of the disabled by carefully assessing companies’ visions and values, competitive pressures, and the skills required to face those challenges. She is creating a new market in which the needs of the corporate sector are met by a growing group of disabled professionals who will dispel the myths and stereotypes that discriminate against these citizens. EnAble India employs a business-school approach to disabled employee training, focusing on comprehensive development and crucial people skills — English, communication, problem solving, team building — to ensure that disabled candidates are well-equipped to face work challenges in the corporate sector. EnAble India uses internship placements with incubator employment units to help students practice these skills and gain exposure to the corporate environment and created an Employer Outreach Program that works with companies to help them understand how disabled persons can be an asset to their corporate environment. Shanti envisions a future in which companies invest in engineering and business schools to tap and train the next generation of disabled students to fill their market needs.

  • Disability Rights
  • Employee Training/Comprehensive Development
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