"The down side of my celebrity is that I cannot go anywhere in the world without being recognized. It is not enough for me to wear dark sunglasses and a wig. My wheelchair gives me away."
- Stephen Hawkings
Promoting inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
Disability is the third major area of intervention for Tech Mahindra Foundation. The Foundation works towards ensuring that Persons with Disabilities have the opportunity for a better future and dignified life. This is done through two programs: ARISE+ (All Round Improvement in School Education for Children with Disabilities) and SMART+ (Skills-for Market Training for Persons with Disabilities). The Foundation mandates that 10% of all its beneficiaries are Persons with Disabilities.
After the overwhelming success of the SMART program, the SMART+ program was launched in 2013 to include Persons with Disabilities. A specially designed curriculum plus well-equipped classrooms enable effective communication in classrooms so as to enable Persons with Disabilities to learn. It is a cross-cutting theme for the SMART program with vocational and skill development training centres.
ARISE+ or All Round Improvement in School Education, is a special program that encompasses the Foundation’s work in the area of school education for Children with Disabilities. The Foundation works with disabled children studying in government schools to help them realise their potential and prepare them for mainstream schools.