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NCPEDP-Shell Helen Keller Award winners for 2004 announced

DNIS Network News - This year's NCPEDP-Shell Helen Keller Award winners have been announced.

Every year, the NCPEDP-Shell Helen Keller Awards honour those individuals and organisations who have met the most intrinsic needs of disabled people -- providing them with a means of living.

The award-winners for 2004 were declared on October 30, after intense deliberations by a Selection Committee comprising eminent personalities from industry and the disability sector.

"Given in five categories, the awards are a salute to those individuals and organisations that have done their bit to promote employment of the disabled," says Javed Abidi, Executive Director, NCPEDP. The awards will be presented on December 2, the eve of World Disability Day, in New Delhi.

The winners of this year's awards are:

In Category A, that is, disabled persons from within the field of disability who have been active as ambassadors of the cause of employment for disabled people:

In Category B, that is, disabled persons from outside the field of disability who have been active as ambassadors of the cause of employment for disabled people:

In Category C, that is, non-disabled persons from within the disability sector who have contributed substantially to the cause of promoting employment opportunities for disabled people over an extended period of time:

In Category D, that is, individuals from outside the disability sector who have been active in promoting the cause of employment for persons with disabilities.:

In Category E fall companies/organisations/institutions that share NCPEDP's vision, and which have demonstrated through their policies and practices their belief in equal rights and gainful employment for persons with disabilities:

The NCPEDP-Shell Helen Keller Awards were instituted in 1999 by NCPEDP with the cooperation and support of Shell India Private Limited. The awards honour the commitment of those individuals and organisations who have contributed to, and opened avenues for, the employment of disabled persons.

Over the years, the Helen Keller Awards have gained in prominence and credibility. The number of nominations has also gone up substantially, indicating the increased efforts of people and organisations in creating equal opportunities for persons with disabilities. This year, too, a number of nominations were received.