2.2% of India’s population is disabled. Looks like a small number?
Well, not so. That’s almost more than 20 million people. Only 36.3% of the disabled population (which turns out to be about 98 lakhs) are employed. Literacy rate of men with disabilities is 62%. Only 8.5% disabled people in India acquire a graduate degree. It is estimated that the number of unemployed persons with disabilities will cross 10 million by 2022 if appropriate skills are not imparted through training programs.
Imagine changing that? Asha for education has worked with charities like Nethrodaya, who has enriched lives of visually impaired adults. Nethrodaya has teamed up with universities in India to provide education to hundreds of disabled children and adults.
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