According to the International Labor Organization, People with Disabilities (PWDs) make up an estimated one billion, or 15%, of the world’s population. About 80% are of working age. The right of people with disabilities to decent work, however, is frequently denied. PWDs face enormous attitudinal, physical, and informational barriers to equal opportunities in the world of work. Compared to people without disability, they experience higher rates of unemployment and economic inactivity and are at greater risk of insufficient social protection that is key to reducing extreme poverty. Their social exclusion from the workplace deprives societies of an estimated US$ 1.37 to 1.94 trillion in an annual loss in GDP.
We are solving the two main root causes of unemployment for PWDs, and that is the lack of skills and mindset of PWDs to qualify for employment and the lack of confidence of businesses and institutions to hire, integrate, and retain PWD talents. [Read More]
Another layer is the lack of capacity for companies and institutions to hire PWD talents. Many have the will and commitment to include PWD in their workforce, but they lack the knowledge, tools, and experience to handle the process from recruitment to retention effectively. It also requires significant investment, especially if their infrastructure, technology, process, and culture is not designed to provide accommodations to PWDs.
The problem is huge, and it requires a focus, so we are starting with education for both PWDs and our employment partners. Then we will change the other systems as we go.
We are maximizing the individual potentials of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) by equipping them with essential skills that enable them to become economically independent. We realize this through our impact formula and additional training on leadership and advocacy. Virtualahan uses a very holistic approach in our execution through our award-winning impact formula that combines:
A six-week digital skills training using blended life-long learning approach. The curriculum is co-developed with Accenture and delivered 100% online;
Three months of employment support or one year of business mentorship depending on which track a graduate
Life-coaching with a strong focus on well-being, career guidance, patient education, community-based therapy,
Community-building programs through awareness drive, events, policymaking, partnership with other NGOs, and other advocacy campaigns. [Read More]