Around the world, People with disabilities encounter multiple challenges, be it people’s attitudes, ignorance, fear and apathy but it is the lack of access to a good quality education and consequent employment that keeps many from being financially independent.
In order to break this unnecessary cycle, VOSAP has been working hard to bring the real facts and data to surface and take action to bring about Social Transformation. For instance, the data from American Community Survey (ACS) suggests that only 15% of specially-abled individuals in the US have attained education of a BA degree or higher in the year 2018, which is merely 6.4 million out of the total 40.5 million. Making one and all aware of such hard-hitting facts is the first step to bring about a real change.
In the past year, VOSAP has also come up with a framework to help corporations devise their Disability and Inclusion (D&I) strategy that is comprehensive in nature and a useful matrix to start measuring. The Disability Inclusion Index (DII) is a framework that quantifies and measures a company’s inclusivity of PwD based on a 100 point system. DII measures inclusivity through two perspectives: (a) Internal, through an employee’s experience, working for the company and (b) External, through a consumer’s experience. The goal of the DII framework is to provide corporations of all sizes and industry segments a standardized and comprehensive benchmark to measure its efforts in disability inclusion.
With the boom of tech innovations such as assistive devices, it has become simpler for both educational institutes and corporates to focus on Social Inclusion with respect to Disability. Meanwhile, VOSAP has also been interacting with the HR Leaders to bring DII Framework in the corporates and assist them in their Disability and Inclusion Goals.
How can you help?
- If you are a person with position, authority, capability to hire, please explore and commit to give employment to SAP. One gainfully employed SAP uplifts his /her life, his/her family and inspires his /her community so think of the multiplier, positive effects your action can have. VOSAP has few examples of volunteers who have already done this.
- Socialize the idea in your company, with HR and see if VOSAP can help with the efforts
- Donate $100 to empower 1 SAP in India with self employment kit or assistive device for mobility