Persons with disabilities have traditionally had a more difficult time getting employment. A lack of accessibility and educational opportunities leads to a considerable number of persons with disabilities lagging behind in the socio-economic arena.
NOWPDP supports employment of persons with disabilities by working on their capacity building as well as organizations’.
NOWPDP has a two-pronged strategy for economic empowerment that works through its program Yaqeeen.
Recruitment of Persons with Disabilities:
This involves the outreach of candidates, their career development and their employment.
Capacity Building of Organizations.
This revolves around the capacity building of all organizations to include persons with disabilities as employees and consumers both. This includes infrastructural audits, employee sensitization, and role mapping for persons with disabilities.
Saleem Kheraj | NOWPDP Trainee
I was asked to leave the company where I gave my 20 years just because I lost my eyesight. For the last 5 years, I have given many interviews and the worst part was the moment when I had to face my little daughter every time I came back home. She would always ask, Papa, how was your interview. Did they pass or fail you? In 2019, I got to know about NOWPDP and quickly enrolled in their Call Center Course. This was the first time I got to know that persons with visual disabilities can use computers. I was sure, my life is going to change.
After the completion of the training, it was again a testing time because I hardly heard back from the organizations where I gave interviews. When I got a call for a second interview at HRSG after a long wait I was much tensed. More than anything, I was thinking about what I will say to my daughter if this becomes another disappointment but things changed, and I was offered a job on the spot. I saw my designation and my salary and I couldn’t control my tears; for three days straight, I had my offer letter with me and it felt like a dream. More than anything, I had an answer to the question of my little daughter that they have passed your father in the test.