National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People

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This year we celebrate the 22nd edition of the NCPEDP- Mindtree Helen Keller Awards. The story of the Helen Keller Awards started 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: in the public sector: 0.54 percent; in the private sector: 0.28 percent; and in the multinationals: 0.05 percent. While the situation has improved to some extent in the past decade and a half, we are still not even close to covering half the percentage of persons with disabilities living in the country.

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. Organisations and employees with disabilities would become brand ambassadors for the cause of employment of persons with disabilities and take the momentum forward and role models would be identified and celebrated in an attempt to motivate and encourage others. Over the past 20 years, these Awards have come to be recognised as the most prestigious Indian benchmark for honouring people and organisations which have been working towards promoting employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

This is 6th year of The NCPEDP- Mindtree Helen Keller Awards. Each year a total of 10 Awards are given away – 3 each in the two individual categories and 4 for role model companies/organisations however this year a total of 13 awards will be given as 3 awards under a new category (Role Models Entrepreneurs with Disabilities) will be added.

The Awards will be given away under the following 4 categories:

Category A: Role Model Persons with Disabilities:

Persons with Disabilities from within the disability sector and outside who have been active as ambassadors of the cause of employment for people with disabilities and are a positive role model for others.

Category B: Role Model Supporter of Increased Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities:

Individuals from within the disability sector or outside who have contributed substantially to the cause of promoting employment opportunities for people with disabilities 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.

Role Model Entrepreneurs with Disabilities:

Entrepreneurs with disabilities who have managed to set up businesses and sustained them over a period of time. The efforts of these individuals have positively impacted not only their lives but also the lives of others involved.

About The Partners

National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People

Registered in 1996, the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) is the country’s premier cross disability, not-for-profit organisation 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 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.

About MindTree

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