Manual on Disability Employment
A Values Route to Business Success: The Why & How of Employing Persons with Disability, Authored by DEOC, Published by CII
Diversity and Equal Opportunity Centre (DEOC ), is a social enterprise formed by multi-disciplinary professionals. Our vision is to create an inclusive world. We provide Consulting, Research and Training services to corporates, educational institutions, industry bodies, development organisations and the Government in creating an inclusive environment. We are trusted advisors for ‘equal opportunity’ for many businesses and NGOs in India. DEOC also works on building the knowledge base on diversity.
DEOC team comprises of experienced and dynamic professionals who are very passionate in driving the organisation towards its goal of promoting inclusion in the society.
Rama Chari has about two decades of work experience in the field of disability.
She started her career as an Educator for children with disabilities in the rural community based project of Action for Ability Development & inclusion (AADI) (Formerly, Spastics Society of Northern India (SSNI), She prepared children with disabilities for integrating them into regular schools in the villages of Haryana. She then joined National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP), a leading national level advocacy organisation. At NCPEDP, she headed the Legislation, Networking and Communication Units. As part of the core management team of NCPEDP, she played an important role in bringing about several policy changes vis-à-vis disability in the country. In November 2005, she took up a consultancy with Infosys BPO, for setting up their Equal Opportunity Programme. In July 2007, she along with four other professionals set up DEOC.
She is serving as an Honorary Board Member of ARUNIM, a marketing initiative for promoting products and services made by disability groups and NGOs. She is also part of the NCPEDP’s National Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disability, which focuses on advocacy for appropriate policies in the country. She is also a Core Group Member of the Disability Forum of Confederation of Indian Industry – Karnataka Chapter. She has travelled widely and has made several presentations on the subject, in national and international conferences / seminars.
She brings to the work environment remarkable discipline and accountability that is almost infectious for other team members. She makes sure that every project closes to the satisfaction of the client and to the satisfaction of standards she sets for herself and for DEOC.
She has done Masters in Economics, PG Diploma in Education of Children with Disabilities. Rama was selected for the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) which is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange programme in 2002.
Sakshi Broota has been working in the field of disability since 1994. Sakshi is one of the Founders of DEOC. She began her career as a Developmental Therapist in the rural community based project of Action for Ability Development & Inclusion (AADI) (formerly, Spastics Society of Northern India ). She then worked in Deepalaya, which is primarily working in the urban slums of Delhi. Her role was to not only provide services to children with disabilities but also to integrate them in various aspects of community life.
She has coordinated various projects at the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP), particularly research-based projects. Some of her research work for NCPEDP in the field of disability include ‘Role of NGOs vis-à-vis the Employment Scenario in India with reference to People with Disabilities’, 1998; the first National Disability Shadow Report of 2003-2004, etc. She has undertaken evaluation of projects for NGOs.
She brings to DEOC her sharp analytical skills. She has great questioning skills and eye for details, which helps in our research and consultancy work.
She has done Masters in Disability Studies from University of Leeds, UK; Diploma in Basic Developmental Therapy from Action for Ability Development & Inclusion (AADI) and Psychology Honours from Delhi University.
Vijay started working in the year 2002. He has been in the IT Industry, working on diverse technologies and domains ranging from banking to business process outsourcing.
He is a person with almost 100% hearing impairment. He lip reads and communicates wholly orally. He has been involved in disability movement since his college days. He is also associated with Suniye, which focuses on developing communication for children with hearing impairment.
He strongly feels that technology is a great enabler for everyone, disabled or not. His desire is to see a world without barriers. He contributes to the DEOC team a very holistic picture of diversity and disability. He brings practical solutions to every situation that arises.
Vijay has done Masters in Computer Applications from Indraprastha University and Bachelors in Commerce from Delhi University.
Ankit Rajiv Jindal
Ankit began his career in 2006 as an executive at Infosys BPO and progressed to supervised a team in HR Operations with 20 sub-processes, supporting 6 national centres. He has been consistently rated as high performer and was promoted as Subject Matter Expert in less than 2 years.
Ankit then decided to pursue his Masters in Business Administration from the prestigious Faculty of Management Studies – University of Delhi. At FMS, he was elected as the President of the HR and OB society where he undertook several initiatives for the growth and development of the students in the campus.
He has also worked with Redwood Associates, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company Ltd., Sony India Ltd. for internship and short-term projects.
Ankit is the recipient of the Tata Business Leadership Award organised by the Tata Administration Service (TAS). He also received the Best Employee Award at Infosys BPO, Best Outgoing Student Award at Surana College.
Ankit brings to the table his excellent business, planning and analytical skills complemented by his enthusiasm and diversified experience.
Ankit is a person with low vision and uses screen reader to access computer. He has been involved in disability work for many years. He worked actively to promote inclusivity in Infosys BPO with the Equal Opportunity team there. He is also an active participant in activities related to advocacy and macro issues vis-à-vis disability.
Ruchira is an Architect with 10+ years of experience in design and softwares. A Gold-medallist from Malviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, Ruchira has been associated with more than 5 renowned Architectural and IT organisations in India. She has been associated with diverse consultancy projects ranging from residential, cultural, institutional, hospitality and commercial for Indian as well as overseas clients. She is a member of Council of Architecture, India. At present, Ruchira heads Ode-2-Design, a young design enterprise.