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Youth 4 Jobs Foundation is an action organisation with a heart working to ensure youth with disabilities can be poverty-free in India. Our focus is on building resilient livelihoods for both youth with disabilities, with a focus on the most vulnerable, women with disabilities. Towards this, we partner with governments, markets, and civil society to remove physical and attitudinal barriers and enable the scaling of evidence-based effective solutions. It is led by Meera Shenoy who has the unique experience of working in senior government positions, World Bank and UNDP. This transformational work has won several national and international awards.
PROJECT PARIVARTHAN (Transformation in Hindi)
As per census 2011 in India about 26.8 million persons are ‘disabled’ which is 2.21% of the total population. Every 1 in 12 households has a disability. World Bank reports state that the number may be actually three times more, about 60 to 70 million.
There are 7.8 million children with disabilities, 72% in the rural areas, 28% in the urban areas. According to the 2014 National Survey of Out of School Children report, some 600,000 (28%) special-needs children between six and 13 years of age are out of school.
Employment rates of persons with disability are barely 30% and mostly in the unorganized sector. This varies with geographical location (urban or rural), gender, education, and type of disability. According to 2011 Census of India, 68% of India lives in rural areas. The rural disabled are significantly disconnected from skills and markets. There are several barriers for people with disabilities to enter the labour market
Only 34% of households with a disabled member reported having access to public facilities.
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