Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Disabled get fair chance to find a job

To land a decent job in a friendly work environment and earn a steady income is what all youngsters who pass out of school and college aspire for. But this simple aspiration too remains a distant dream if one is differently-abled.

Amid the dozens and dozens of job fairs that promise huge salaries and attractive packages to college pass outs in Kovai, a job fair of a different kind took place at the GRD Auditorium here on Monday.

Hundreds of differently-abled youngsters thronged the ‘Job Fair 2012 for the Differently Abled’.
The one-of-a-kind fair organised by Attitude Charitable Trust, Deaf Leaders and other organisations, attracted around 400 candidates from as far as Kerala and Karnataka and 48 companies from in and around Kovai.

Commenting on the ordeal faced by differently-abled persons, Mr K. Murali of Deaf Leaders pointed out that several differently-abled persons were not chosen for reasons as simple as not being able to climb stairs.

“Handicapped people face difficulties in every step. They have communication issues, workplace related discomforts and usually end up as burdens for their families,” he expressed through sign language.

The organisers said that the exclusive fair was a success and many had got offers with five-figure salaries. “Several persons who registered this morning have been shortlisted and will hopefully land a job,” said Mr

K.I. Anthony John, project co-ordinator of the fair.

Coimbatore-based Indo Shell Mould Limited, said that they had shortlisted candidates for around 100 openings in their organisation. “We have found that differently-abled persons, when placed in the right job, perform better than normal citizens. Hence, we plan to recruit them as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility as well as to increase our productivity,” said Mr E.R. Vincent Paul., HR Manager at Indo Shell.

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