Don’t wait for a perfect timing

img_5146Giving back has always been a huge personal value for me. This is something I have grown up with. During the early stages of my life; this took forms of sharing or giving away things to house helps or anyone who needed essentials they couldn’t easily get access to. As I matured, this took more active forms of regular donations in kind (since my husband is a big believer of this). However, not being able to do more has always nibbled at my conscience.

For a large part of my working career, I have harboured hopes of one day leaving corporate life and working full time in the social sector. While I have had this ambition for the last 10+ years, I never managed to implement this, since, strangely enough, I love my corporate life and have not been ready to give it up! After some frustration at not being able to “give back” as I would have liked, I finally decided that there will never be a perfect timing and that I should just do whatever bit I can; while being employed full time.

And that’s how my association with different NGOs began. I volunteered with Search Years in Gurgaon for about 3-4 years in varying capacities and then with St Vincent de Paul society in the US for about 6 months. When we moved to Sydney, I once again started looking for opportunities to be associated with great NGOs and its then that my close friend, Swastika and I heard about Enable India. With my hectic schedule of a full time job plus managing a 5 year old plus managing a home (with no help in Sydney!); I still decided to give this a try. Not being physically in the same city or rather the same country as Enable India was the only other challenge! After much deliberation, one fine day, I just wrote to Enable India asking whether it would be possible to be associated as volunteers (virtual volunteers) and work on some projects on our own time. To my surprise, they were very open to the idea and before we knew it, Swastika and I were on a skype call with the Enable India team to talk and explore this further.

And that’s when it all started!

My friend Swastika and I were in regular touch with Enable India who used various technological tools to connect with us (e.g. slack – which helped us communicate very effectively). As and when, they had a project, they emailed us and Swastika and I would discuss the same and get back to them with a proposal and timeline. And then we just went off and did our work! We exchanged regular emails with the team to keep them abreast of our progress and also to get feedback along the way. In the last one year of this association, we have worked on about 6 projects; primarily in the area of content development.

As I look back, I can say with immense pride, that in my mind this model has worked really well! It has allowed me to work at my time, at my pace but on projects that were a true need to the organization. This has not only opened my eyes to all the great work that Enable India does but has truly made me believe that time and distance are all barriers which can easily be overcome in today’s world.

I cannot thank the team at Enable India enough for giving Swastika and me the opportunity to be associated as “virtual volunteers”…and my only message to anyone who is reading this is

“Don’t wait for a perfect timing, don’t wait for a big inspiration to strike you – life is too short for that.  Just do your bit, in whatever little way you can”

Shruti Jain is an IT professional living in Sydney Australia.

NOTE: The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of the writer.

Update: Autism at Work Training

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Candidates presented with their certificates for completion of work.

Autism at Work (AAW) has successfully completed Wave 2 training and we are proud to advise that we have placed 4 of our candidates at SAP. Some of the job profiles include software tester, technical writer etc. One of our candidates has also been given a permanent placement at SAP!

For the other 4 candidates, EnAble India has been working on skill development and looking for internships and placements. We have been working on job specific activities and tasks. Our goal is to place them in companies in accordance with their strengths and interests.

At the SAP certification ceremony, each candidate got a certificate and a shawl marking the completion of their training at SAP. It was a joyous occasion marked by the presence of the parents of all the candidates.

If you know someone who may benefit from EnAble India training, please call 080 4282 3636 or email

EnAbling through Education

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Candidate receiving certificate at the end of training

Throughout 2 batches of training in June, EnAble India, in conjunction with the government of Karnataka has provided training for 46 people with vision impairment, enabling them to utilise computers and open up education opportunities.

  • In this Orientation Course we were able to train 46 Candidates. All the 46 Candidates came from different district of Karnataka.
  • 53% of them are from rural District of Karnataka.
  • Out of 46 candidates five of them are looking for Employment and aspiring to work in different sectors.
  • 46 Candidates (100 %) are persons with vision impairment.
  • 100 % of the Candidates indicated that the Orientation course on Laptop Training workshop has met their expectations and wanted to increase the duration of the course in the holidays.
  • 100% of the Candidates indicated that they would like to be associated with EnAble India for further computer Training and Employment support.
  • 52 % are female and 48 % are male.
  • 100% college students felt Basic Kannada audio trainer manual is understandable and extremely useful to learn computers by themselves.
  • 100% of students felt EnAble India EYE Tool Kannada version and EnAble India spelling Tool motivates them to improve their spellings and learn and explore computers by themselves.


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Group picture of visually impaired trainees

“This training helped me Lot. I am Visually Impaired. Please conduct computer training at North Karnataka. Kannada audio material is very understandable and helpful to learn computers on our own. Please keep duration for 30Days
Through this training I learnt Many things like Kannada typing, Reading Documents, etc. Somehow I feel that many computer topics are missing for me as well as for my friends.” – Nagaraju Nayak

“Course reminds me to practice computers always. More than one year I did not touch computers I have felt that I have forgotten. This course helps me practice the computers lot. Kannada reading and typing helps me in the future in my studies.” – Mallappa

“This course helped me realize that I need to learn more computers for my job.” – Ashwini

If you know someone who may benefit from this training, please call EnAble India on 080 6732 3636

Allegis & EnAble India partner to bring change

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Enable india is a registered charitable trust working for Economic Independence with dignity for persons with disability.

Since 1999 EnAble India has continued to grow and bring its unique approach to training and employment of people with disability.  Our passion and commitment to the cause has continued to grow along with the number of candidates trained and placed.

500 plus companies across the country, representing all sectors  of the economy have used EnAble India services to place  persons with disability.

In order to keep up with demand, EnAble India and Allegis have announced a partnership – Allegis brings years of recruitment experience & EnAble India brings its expertise in the training and placement of people with disabilities. Together we are confident of achieving great results!

Allegis Group is an $11 Billion US based company offering a full range of specialized staffing & recruiting solutions to clients in a wide range of industries. With over three decades of experience, Allegis Group is the largest private talent management firm in the world. They serve over 8,000 customers from 400 offices across the globe. In India, Allegis is located in 5 locations, allowing us to reach a greater number of candidates.

Allegis, by doing what they are best at, shall work with EnAble India on all activities leading to Employability and Learning for people with Disability.

Some of the initiatives they currently engage with us are, helping candidates build their resume, coaching & preparing candidates to attend interviews, providing technical training to skilled candidates, organizing Job Fairs & much much more.

In working together we can utilise the strength that both organisations have to offer.

Our values and our core mission remain the same: the independence and dignity of people with disability. Allegis and EnAble India are committed to the same goals.

With this partnership in place the candidates of Enable India can expect more focussed results in placement of persons with disability.

Dipesh Sutariya

CEO EnAble India

6 ways people with disabilities find jobs through EnAble India

  1. Get registered!

EnAble India will only place registered candidates in companies. Registering with us ensures we understand your abilities and can help you with training and placement.

Registering is easy. To register in person (preferred), call EnAble India on 080 6732 3636 and we will make an appointment for you.

If you are not in Bangalore, you can register online:

  1. Get Trained

EnAble India offers employability training, companies often prefer candidates who have undergone our training as they understand that we have refined our approach over more than 10 years.

Our training focuses not just on the skills needed for employment, but also the attitudes desired by employers we work with!

  1. Look 0nline

EnAble India posts all positions online, candidates can also easily apply online. To view current available roles, click here

  1. Sign-up

Signup to email alerts and we will email you whenever jobs become available. A pro-active approach from candidates always helps in placing candidates

You can signup to email alerts here:

  1. LinkedIN

EnAble India & LinkedIN have made a group “EnAble India Talent Pool”, many large companies are using this group to identify people with disabilities who maybe suitable for their needs.

Joining is easy. Simply create a LinkedIN profile and join the “EnAble India Talent Pool” group. If you need any assistance creating your profile or joining the group, you can contact EnAble India directly and we will advise when the next LinkedIN profile session is scheduled.

  1. Email us

If you have refined your resume and recently joined the employment market, email and we will consider you for you any current positions.

What its like interning at EnAble India

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You never know what to expect when you go someplace for an internship. Thoughts lurk around your mind wondering if it’s going to be a fine, peaceful and jovial place to work or an “I want to get out of here as soon as possible” kind of place. Well, Enable India proved itself to be the first one for me. Fun, creative and a challenging place to work. With out-of-the-box thinking people who can make your life and workplace fun to be with, what else can one expect? Its one thing to be completely working under one person, but it’s quite another to work under three to four people. At Enable India, there isn’t a specified job description. Free and got some work which has to be done? Well, it’s all yours. Whether its Shruthi’s data entry or writing weekly reports for Vishnu or solving aptitude based questions for Julian, it’s all your cup of tea. That’s right, if someone asks you what you do at Enable India, you know what to say.

Work and workplace, both are two ends of the same spectrum. Now, when one says that he or she is working for an organization which empowers the disabled, a typical image flashes in our mind, one of people pushing wheelchairs or conducting seminars to boost a physically challenged person’s morale or something on similar lines. But, step inside this place and in a matter of hours you realize the difference. Dealing with employing and training people with disability, EI only pushes these people, giving them the confidence that they are very well capable of doings things on their own. Coming to people with disabilities, a common man’s thought would be of someone who works just to get his daily butter and bread. But, go through the very well structured impressive and professional resumes of these guys, and you might just want to swap your lives with them. Now, sitting in the main office for days together could get a bit monotonous, so EI gave me an opportunity to break that. As a volunteer to help in one of the most prominent software companies, EMC2, for a program organized along with Enable India, it was just a one of kind experience. If you intern at an organization like Enable India and tell people that you didn’t spend time with disabled people, well, that’s going to be a shame. So, while volunteering at EMC2 for the “Diversity and Inclusion” event I got the opportunity to help and interact with about twelve candidates who suffered from profound disability. Interacting with these people was fun in itself. Talented, humorous and fun people they were. Even if you choose to remain quiet thinking that you might be disturb them, they’ll bring up a topic and pull you into a lengthy conversation. The candidates were not the only ones worthy of praise at the event. Dedicating their life and savings to see a successful future for their children, the parents were the main guiding force and strength for people with disability. All together, the “Diversity and Inclusion” event at EMC2 was a memorable one. Things just don’t end there. ‘Asvas’, a dedicated place only for the training of candidates with disability. It was here that I was sent along with two other friends of mine to gain insight on the field of tactile drawings. Tactile drawings, a method used specifically for visually impaired people. Using different textures so that people who are visually impaired can feel and make out the difference, the methodology behind this was explained. But as the popular adage goes, “practice makes a man perfect”, and so we were also given the chance to work with the volunteers from Thomson Reuters in designing tactile boards.

If I begin to describe Enable India and tell you how good this place is, then I’m surely going to run out of words. My knowledge on words which describe something as awesome, magical, mesmerizing, brilliant, amazing, splendid and stunning are just limited to the words you just read. Enable India is all that and more. Getting an opportunity to work for such an organization is something which is going to remain as one of the best things in life for me. Each person here, and all of them that I met while I worked here, taught me how to go about and see life in a different perspective. If I feel low and skeptical of my future, all I have to do is think about those amazing resumes which I dealt with to brighten me up and get me all optimistic. They teach you that nothing is far away from your reach and everything is well within your grasp. If they can achieve great things in life despite all their shortcomings, then anyone can. I’m not sure who says this, all I know is that it’s from the movie ‘Turbo’, but this quote is truly an inspiration, and it goes like this: “No dream is too big, and no dreamer too small”.

(The views and opinion expressed in this article are those of the author & not necessarily those of EnAble India)

Hiring “THE RIGHT” People with disability

There are many barriers to employing people with disability. Inaccessible technology or software, non-inclusive processes & inaccessibility of the work place often cause problems and require solutions, however, the biggest barrier to employing people with disability is the assumptions made by employers.

 We often hear from employers regarding their concerns about certain disability types. Some concerns are valid and some concerns come from a lack of understanding or lack of exposure.

 At EnAble India we do not blame employers for a lack of awareness, rather we focus on building awareness, changing mindsets and hence creating change agents for the future.

 Assumption 1 – People with vision impairment can’t do computer based jobs

People with vision impairments CAN use computers, utilising a variety of different solutions including screen magnifiers, high contrast settings, enlarged font settings and screen readers.

The challenge will come in finding the Person with Disability who has received the right training on the solution that is suitable for them. Once the best solution is identified, candidates need training to build their proficiency. Just as in case of non-disabled candidates; no-one is born with a fast typing speed, it is a skill, which is built over a period of time with a lot of practice. Some candidates build proficiency very fast and some build their speed, quality and efficiency over a longer period of time.

EnAble India has built expertise since 1999 in creating workplace solutions for people with vision impairment, placing hundreds of visually impaired candidates in industries such as Banking and Finance, IT & technology and BPOs, to name just a few.

Understanding the requirements of a role and then matching it with any technology requirments or solutions, helps EnAble India to guide the correct person with vision impairment to the suitable role.

 Assumption 2 – To hire a person with disability we have to sacrifice some quality, productivity, or efficiency.

If a hiring process focuses on employing someone with a disability in order to fill a quota, it will most likely not get the RIGHT person for the process. Not every person with a disability is suitable for every job type, and not every job type is suitable for all persons with disabilities.

The key is to finding the person with the right skills AND the right solutions, which are suited for their disability. Solutions are found with the right training, guidance and expertise.

If skills and solutions are not matched to a particular role or an individual; ultimately productivity, quality and efficiency will certainly be sacrificed.

As an example, it has been seen that candidates with hearing impairment have been hired in many large companies around India. Of these, vast majority of candidates have gone on to be successful in their chosen roles, however a smaller number have failed to produce the right results. When it was investigated, it was often found that there was a culture of non-inclusion during the team meetings & trainings.

The primary reason for the non-inclusion is that the company may not know HOW to include someone with hearing impairment as a part of its work force.

Once these companies started working in partnership with Enable India to build inclusive practices, it has been observed that there has been a vast improvement in results.

If an employer is sacrificing quality, productivity or efficiency after employing a person with disability, either they have the wrong person for that role (same as with non-disabled people), or there is a barrier that has stopped the person with disability from performing.

Identifying barriers and knocking them down is what Enable India is good at!!

Assumption 3 – The only good reason to hire a person with disability is out of charity

Employing people with disability makes good business sense!

We very often hear from employers about their team’s increase in productivity when people with disabilities have been successfully integrated into the workforce. When non-disabled candidates see people with disabilities doing the same role, and achieving the same results, the bar gets raised.

People with disabilities come from a variety of back-ground and might bring a new solution to problems faced in the workplace. These solutions could be based on responses to challenges they have faced in their lifetime.

Teams with diverse back-grounds have been shown by numerous studies to find better solutions to problems!

If a candidate with a disability has been matched to the right role, they should be expected to perform in the same way as someone without a disability; hence, how should it be considered as charity to give a capable person with disability a job?

Assumption 4 – If I have to hire someone with disability, hiring someone with a minor physical disability will cause the least disruption to my team

Many employers focus on employing people with minor physical disabilities, believing that hiring people with vision impairment, hearing impairment or other disabilities is just too challenging.

By opening the hiring process to people with different disabilities, you increase the chance of finding someone with the right skills. By focusing just on one disability you may miss the opportunity to interview a skilled and valuable potential employee.

Whilst there are challenges involved in employing people with disabilities, there is also an opportunity to build a culture of inclusion.

Hiring people with disabilities doesn’t need to cause any major disruption. If you find the right person, your team can continue to perform and grow.

Assumption 5 – Hearing impaired people will not be able to communicate in the office.

It easy to understand how someone might believe that communicating with people with hearing impairment is difficult. The vast majority of people do not know sign language, and if you don’t know sign language, you can’t communicate.

In fact, People with hearing impairment state that the majority of those they interact on a day to day basis, do not know sign language. If you do not know sign language you can utilise body language and basic signs. E.g. Asking someone to come to your desk is very easy using common-sense sign language.

In addition, for conversations that require more information, sitting and communicating with the aid of pen/paper or typing on a computer is easier than many might think. 

Communicating with hearing impaired colleagues and staff is not impossible, it’s just a little different.

Hundreds of hearing impaired candidates have been placed by Enable India in companies such as Thomson Reuters, IBM, ANZ and many many more. Managers, team leaders and colleagues of the hearing impaired have learnt to adjust their communication to INCLUDE people with different types of disabilities, including hearing impairment.

If you know an employer who is ready to interview skilled people, contact EnAble India on 080 4282 3636 or email

Author: Julian Tarbox   Editor: Dr. Homiyar

(The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of EnAble India)