Volume 2 Issue 22 - November 15, 2004 2004 firms sensitive to disabled people

DNIS News Network - Fare on offer at Bangalore's provides opportunities for NGOs to garner public attention and support for their activities.

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Disabled people might find it difficult to enter several government buildings. But entry into the state stalls at Bangalore's 2004 poses no hurdles. Ramps for physically disabled people have been provided both at the main entrance and stall cluster entrances. The stalls have also been painted with bright colours to help people with poor vision.

The fare on offer at has also provided opportunities for NGOs to garner public attention and support for their activities. Their role of acting as a bridge between the corporate world and underprivileged section of society has received a boost.

Twenty-six year old Seethalakshmi, a person with paraplegia, said that she wanted to know what initiatives the state's directors of Kannada and Culture was taking. "Finally, I have been able to speak to someone from the office," she said.

Talking about the information on job opportunities available for disabled people, she said, "The event has given us a better idea of opportunities open to us. Several BPO companies taking part in the event are offering training and placement for disabled people. I have submitted my resume to three of these companies."

R Ramesh, a physically disabled person, said it was great to come out and take part in such an event. "The number of events that we can visit is so few. We hardly get an opportunity to go out. It is great that they have provided us with some access facilities."

Praveen Hegde, Fund Raising Assistant, Mobility India, said, "Events like this can be an eye opener for the corporate world and some firms like MICO, HP and HLL have given us generous donations." Talking about his organisation's promotional activities, he says "We are selling T shirts, scribbling pads and glass tumblers."

Bangalore IT.COM, Asia's biggest IT and telecom event, held in Bangalore, India's 'IT Capital', has emerged as the business hub for diverse markets such as IT, software, hardware, IT enabled services, biotechnology, banking and finance. Leading IT companies and professionals, besides government functionaries, participated in the mega show. The seventh edition of India's IT extravaganza, which contributed to the creation and portrayal of "Brand Bangalore", witnessed five intense and power-packed days of conferences, exhibition, business meets, interactions and activities. It attracted, among others, CEOs, CIOs, COOs, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists. Besides the trade show, knowledge conferences on 'IT for the common man', 'VC forum', and 'technology next' threw light on contemporary issues. Wireless access, e-business, mobile computing, IT-enabled services, venture capital and e-security were among the other topics of discussion.

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