A Bengaluru headquartered NGO Enable India would be soon launching a job portal, Enable Academy, for disabled.
Though at its beta phase and expected to be launched in August, Enable Academy aims at bringing together PwD jobseekers, companies wishing to employ them, NGOs, training tools, publications, tutorials, courses and certifications in order to create a synergy in the ecosystem of PwD employability.
- Says Shanti Raghavan of the founding team, “The platform is going to be open and crowd-sourced and is India’s first such platform to mainstream livelihood issues of persons with disability.”
- The inspiration for the venture appears to have come from the Union government’s National Skills Policy 2015, in which it set a target of skilling 38 lakh persons with disability in the next seven years.
- Since the beta launch in February, Enable Academy has had over 8,000 hits. Over 750 users have ordered and downloaded resources from the platform while nearly 500 users have registered for different courses.
- Their target is to have 20,000 visitors by November this year.
- Building India’s first W3C compliance (global standards for open web platforms) website however is no mean feat. Bengaluru-based Lollypop Design, which designed the platform, had no reference material to fall back on. Understanding the world and challenges of differently abled people was a challenge itself.
- “This is a first site to have been conceptualised, designed and developed in India. Our aim is to drive the cause of an inclusive society that boosts the morale of the community,” says Dhruvi Shah, UX designer at Lollypop.