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Persons with disabilities form less than 0.5% of staff in India's top firms

Their share in the general population is 2.21 per cent according to the 2011 census, and may be between 10-15 per cent going by global averages

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Disabled | India Inc

Sachin P Mampatta & Amritha Pillay  |  Mumbai 



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The son of a poor farmer, Anoop, who has a severe visual disability, was lucky enough to receive support from the National Association for the Blind, an NGO, from the time when he was in school. Accessibility tools such as a laptop with screen-reading software helped him fulfil his potential, says Dipender Manocha, president of the Delhi arm of the organisation.

Anoop went on to crack the prestigious National Law University examination and is now studying to be a lawyer at the university’s Delhi campus.

Many other Indians with disabilities are not so lucky. In fact, the lack of support and access to the right tools and opportunities may be one reason for the abysmally low representation of persons with disabilities (PwDs) in some of India’s largest . An analysis of disclosures by listed reveals that the share of PwDs is a negligible 0.46 per cent of their employee base. What’s more, PwD representation in these has dropped — it was 0.47 per cent last year.

Persons with disabilities form less than 0.5% of staff in India's top firms

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First Published: Tue, November 12 2019. 10:12 IST

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