As part of FFA’s ongoing efforts to integrate adults with autism in the workplace, FFA participated in the Conference on National Action Plan held in Delhi on 21st March 2015. The conference was launched at Vigyan Bhavan in the presence of Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, Mr. Thaawar Chand Gehlot & Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (I/C), Mr. Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
Mr. Rudy ‘ s ministry is new , formed 3 months back and there is a vision to focus on skill development in the coming 7 years.
The Conference was on a mammoth scale & termed ‘historic’.
FFA attended the conference and presented their letter to Mr. Mukesh Jain and his acknowledgement and followed it up with a mail copy. The core group parents (Jaya Sudhakar, Manjusha Sawant & Sunita Sharma) who attended also networked and handed over FFA’s fliers & visiting cards to some of the panelists & got their e- mail addresses to be in touch with them for possible collaborations in future.
In the attached letter you can see Viraj Bhatt (s/o- Vidula Bhatt ) has got a job in SAP as Developer Associate , Jaya’s son who has passed Std 12, Manjusha’s son who has given his 12Th board and preparing for his JEE mians exam & Sunita’s twins- one gave is HSC and other attends prevoc at ICHM contributing to the discussions.
As many as 1200 participants attended the conference .One could see the hard work & efforts put in by Mr. Mukesh Jain, Jt Secy, Department to discuss on Empowering Persons with Disabilities, to bring together the various panelists & the stakeholders who are doing great work all over the nation & who can contribute to this venture of the Govt.
There were 4 panel discussions. Some of the topics discussed were:
1.Employment Opportunities for the PWDs and creating an Inclusive Workforce
2. Successful Models and Best Practices for Skill Training of PWDs.
3.Shaping the Ecosystem For Improvement (Content, Certification, Assessment, Technology, Online Platform, Rural Reach)
4.Innovative Funding Models- Moving towards Sustainability
The Dept. is going to put up the minutes of the meeting in their website.
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Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
FFA’s letter to Shri Mukesh Jain, Joint Secretary , Department of Empowerment of persons with Disabilities for NAP