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Nominations are now open for NCPEDP-Mindtree Helen Keller Awards 2019

The Nominations are now open for 20th NCPEDP-Mindtree Helen Keller Awards 2019. The awards are given to corporates, NGOs and individuals for their contribution towards the empowerment of people with disabilities in the country.

The prestigious NCPEDP-Mindtree Helen Keller Awards are a form of acknowledgment that is given to those who have made efforts to bring equality in the disability sector in India.

The awards are given out jointly by National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People-NCPEDP and Mindtree. The award ceremony is held annually on 2 December, on the eve of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

NCPEDP is a national level non- profit organization that has been working for the welfare of people with disabilities for years. The aim of NCPEDP is to promote inclusion and equal opportunities for disabled population in employment and to ensure that the rights of people with disabilities are upheld by creating more awareness.

Mindtree is a multinational information technology company that offers complete digital and technology services to thousands of its clients across the globe.

Helen Keller Award was conceptualized 20 years ago, to begin a dialogue on 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.- Arman Ali, Executive Director, NCPEDP

The Helen Keller Awards came into being when it came to light through a 1999 survey that companies in India were not very keen on hiring people with disabilities. The companies that took a forward step to provide equal opportunities for persons with disabilities in jobs became examples for others. The NCPEDP Helen Keller Awards came into being to encourage such change makers and to inspire other companies to follow suit.

Abraham Moses, General Manager, Mindtree Foundation says that the Helen Keller Award provides hope for equality and inclusivity among people with disabilities in our society.

"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 recognise and support organisations that enable equal opportunities for people of different physical capabilities," says Abraham Moses.

Award Category

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

A total of 10 awards will be given away, three each in the two individual categories and four awards for role model companies or organizations. The last date for the submission of nominations is Saturday, 12 October, 2019.

To know more about the awards visit the website : https://www.ncpedp.org/The_NCPEDP_Helen_Keller_Awards

Call on -011-26221276/77 or write email to secretariat.ncpedp@gmail.com

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