Infosys Celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities Across Development Centers in India
Infosys celebrated International Day of Persons with Disabilities across its Development Centers (DCs) in India from December 3 to December 5, 2018. The celebration underscored Infosys’ commitment to provide employees an inclusive work environment free of discrimination and harassment.
There were multiple activities organized across DCs to increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and also celebrate their achievements and contributions.
A panel discussion was organized in Bangalore DC. The panelists Malathi Holla, International Para Athlete from India, Vishnu Soman, Social Entrepreneur, Social Media Activist, Disability Rights Advocate, Dr. Satish Amaranth, Head of Quality Compliance and Outreach Services at Manipal Hospital, and Aruna Newton, AVP - Global Head Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), Sustainability Governance and Reporting at Infosys elaborated on various aspects related to disability including the life stories of Dr. Malathi Holla and Dr. Satish Amaranth, the importance and future of inclusion, creating a conducive workplace, role of family in managing the situation positively. The discussion also covered Infosys’ perspective on D&I and the interventions done, social response, rehabilitation and benefits related to disability.
A special sign language and blind bhangra workshop was organized in partnership with Smileys India in Bangalore DC. The sign language workshop focused on teaching the employees Indian sign language which is widely used in India. Another unique event was Blindfold Bhangra Workshop which involved people with vision impairment teach Bhangra to the employees.
Chandigarh DC organized an awareness session on ‘Differently-abled People’ by Dr Tanvi Sethi, Counseling Psychologist in the Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Fortis Hospital.
Hyderabad DC hosted a session on ‘Autism’ by Dr. Pragya Rashmi, Clinical Psychologist, Yashoda Hospitals and a session on Intellectually Differently Abled by Major B.V. Ramkumar, Deputy Director, NIMH Hyderabad and G. Srinivasulu, Faculty, NIMH, Hyderabad. These sessions focused on awareness, education, empowerment and benefits for different abled.
Apart from the engaging and informative sessions, flea markets were set-up across DCs by multiple NGOs, where handicrafts made by different abled people were sold.