Ability in Disability
In times like Covid, vulnerable sections of society like persons with disability are doubly discriminated and invisible.
Meera Shenoy talks of her challenging journey in transforming lives of disabled and their families through skilling and jobs.
Meera Shenoy is a System Changer in the disability space. She is a pioneer in job-linked skilling of rural, tribal, and now youth with disabilities. She was Executive Director, EGMM, the first State government skilling mission, for the Andhra Pradesh government, which she set up from scratch and took to scale. This mission influenced Government of India’s’ skilling policy. She then consulted with World Bank, UN across Southeast Asia and is now a Change maker.
She set up Youth4Jobs 9 years back which has grown to be the largest organisation in South Asia in the space of job-linked skilling of disabled. Y4J is a one stop shop for 650+companies. This work (www.youth4jobs.org) has won the highest National and international awards like Asia winner for MIT prestigious Future of Work award, Inclusion Innovation Challenge, and the global Zero project award for innovations in IT & employment. The work was captured in a Harvard business publication case study recently. She writes book, runs “Not Just Art “, a portal for art with disability (www.notjustartglobal.org). Her work is driven by compassion and a belief in the potential of the disabled. She is invited to speak at national and international forums on inclusion and Leading with Purpose.