National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) is a cross-disability, non-profit organization, working as an interface between the Government, Industry, International Agencies, and the Voluntary Sector towards empowerment of persons with disabilities.
NCPEDP advocates for the need to move away from traditionally held views of charity and welfare to those of productivity and enabling of disabled people.
Registered in 1996, NCPEDP has since then, successfully advocated several policy changes that have positively impacted the lives of people with disabilities, working across to encourage 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, products, services and technologies.
The mandate at NCPEDP has been to:
- Encourage employment of people with disabilities
- Increase public awareness on disability issues
- Empower people with disabilities through appropriate legislation
- Ensure public places are accessible to all
Headquartered in New Delhi, NCPEDP has a pan India presence through the National Disability Network (NDN). Formed in 1999, NDN has members from majority States and Union Territories across the country.
NCPEDP has also constituted the National Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (NCRPD) consisting of disability sector leaders and experts from across the country, that meets at regular intervals to discuss ongoing pertinent issues relevant to people with disabilities, and to plan a strategy to address the same.
NCPEDP works on six core principles, also called the six pillars of the organization, namely:
- Awareness/ Communication
We believe that Employment is not possible without Education. Employment and Education are not possible without Accessibility. Employment, Education, and Accessibility need to be supported by appropriate Legislation and Policy, and it becomes imperative to create Awareness in order to achieve any of the above. Most importantly, we believe that the Youth will be the driving force behind all such initiatives.