By Shraddha Jadhav
Sarthak Educational Trust roots for Digital Inclusion of persons with disabilities at the 7th National Conference on Disability on 18th – 19th Dec 2020
Mobile app CapSarathi, a Joint initiative by Capgemini & Sarthak Educational Trust to be launched for Divyangjan in the country
Mumbai/New Delhi, 16th December 2020:Sarthak Educational Trust. The theme of the conference is Digital Inclusion – Pathway to Empowerment of People with Disability. Through its 11 panel discussions, the event deliberates and plans for bridging the Physical, Attitudinal and Financial Barriers in the line of inclusion of People with Disability through digital mediums and further accelerate the pace of their inclusion led empowerment. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this annual national conference will be held online through video conferencing (webinar) for the first time and live on the social media handles of Sarthak Educational Trust.
This event brings national and global experts together to bring knowledge and practical wisdom to our audience. The previous editions have been inaugurated in the esteemed presence of India’s former President Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Cabinet Minister Dr. Thawar Chand Gehlot, Minister of Social Justice and empowerment and many eminent contributors in the disability sector, and witnessed the presence of 700+ Policymakers, Planners, innovators, and implementers.
Dr. Jitender Aggrawal, Founder, Sarthak Educational Trust shared to Prittle Prattle News, by sharing a Press Release, “Sarthak Educational Trust has progressed over the years to create an inclusive ecosystem for persons with disabilities by boosting their confidence from upskilling to life skills training, and helping them to cope with challenges so that they can be a part of the functional workforce. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sarthak went a step ahead to scale its activities in the virtual. Within a week after the lockdown was announced, Sarthak started online training programs for its members. Since then, about 2,500 people with disabilities have been trained successfully through the online sessions, out of which 1,000 people have landed a job. Thus, the pandemic provided an opportunity for Sarthak to scale its reach”
He further adds, “The 2-day event will also see the launch of a path-breaking mobile app called CapSarathi which is a joint initiative by Sarthak Educational Trust and Capgemini, A global leader in consulting & technology services. The app will act as a companion to the persons with disabilities right from early intervention to getting employment to their retirement plans. The app is a one-stop solution for Information such as Government Schemes and Supports, Online/Offline Training courses, Assistive Devices, Scholarships, and Financial Assistance for Education and Career, to get a regular dose of inspiration with motivational stories of Champions with Disability, Online resources such as Braille-Online-Audio Books, Matrimonial Services and more. The user-friendly app is accessible for differently-abled users with various disability categories with six language support like Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada & Bengali”.
The virtual event will also see the unveiling of the final blueprint of its state of the art Global Resource Center in Gurugram. This center will provide services like Smart Center, a Sensory Park, Center for Employment, Centre of Excellence for Early Intervention & Inclusive Education, and much more to persons with disabilities.
Sarthak Educational Trust has been working since 2008 and in the last 12 years has successfully reached out to 4% (0.8 million) of the disabled populace in India and Trained and Placed 20000 PwDs to let them excel in their fields and inspire many. With its 19 centers (New Delhi (4), Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Lucknow, Ambala, Bhopal, Jaipur, Kolkata, Pune, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ghaziabad, Gurugram, Vishakhapatnam, Chennai, Thane), the NGO is actively engaged in creating productive citizens of India through life cycle approach and Early Intervention, Inclusive Education, Skill Development, Employment Generation, and Advocacy programs (www.sarthakindia.org). National Abilympic Association of India has been working to ensure excellence in vocational skills by organizing regional and national level Abilympics in India and representing India in International Abilympics since 2001 (www.abilympicsindia.org)