Through a virtual event titled “Unlock the Untapped Market: Differently Abled People” on 15 December, two companies presented their inclusive programmes and benefits gained by employing people with disabilities.
Marwan Setiawan, Recruitment and Assessment Manager of Alfamart, said that the company has employed around 700 workers with disabilities, working at stores and storages. Alfamart started its inclusive initiative in 2016 to comply with the government regulation on disability.
“It required us to build employment and training procedures from scratch. We worked together with disabled communities to help us developing the training programme and finding potential candidate of workers,” said Marwan.
We also learnt that workers with disabilities can become a role model to their non-disabled fellow workers. They motivate non-disabled workers in their team to perform better."Marwan Setiawan, Recruitment and Assessment Manager of Alfamart
A similar initiative was also taken by Think Web, a leading digital agency in the country. Ramya Prajna Sashinu, Co-CEO of Think Web, said that the company employs two blind workers as content writers and editors. The company worked with a blind community, Mitra Netra Foundation, to find potential workers for digital sector.
They are as competent as other workers. They can also do any assignments, except for tasks that need visuals. We do not event have to do adjustments at the office."Ramya Prajna Sashinu, Co-CEO of Think Web
In agreement, Marwan said that workers with disabilities have proven to be loyal, dedicated and focus. “We also learnt that workers with disabilities can become a role model to their non-disabled fellow workers. They motivate non-disabled workers in their team to perform better,” he added.
Equality for people with learning disabilities
People with learning disabilities look like any other people. They also have good education, talent and skills."Ages Soerjana, Counselor Talent School of Yayasan Peduli Anak Spesial (YPAS), a foundation for special children
“People with learning disabilities look like any other people. They also have good education, talent and skills. However, for example people with ADD, they have difficulty paying attention and staying in task. It means that workers with ADD need to have clear instructions in writing or with visual,” she explained.
To provide better understanding about potentials and talents of people with learning disabilities, two short videos about two workers with learning disabilities were screened. The videos documented the journeys of Evan Perdamean, an IT programmer and Fadhli Erlanda, a finance officer, demonstrating their skills and talents that contribute to achieving the goals of companies where they work.
The event concluded with a joint initiative of Difalink and YPAS, with support from the ILO, to connect companies with people with disabilities, including people with learning disabilities. Difalink will assist companies from recruitment, training, coaching and placement of people with disabilities and learning disabilities.
“We will provide a full assistance to enterprises for free to connect people with disabilities with companies and vice versa. We focus on sectors related to hospitality, design graphics, cinematography and digital. We want to show that people with disabilities and learning disabilities have untapped great talents that will benefit the companies,” concluded Ni Komang Ayu Suriani, founder and CEO of Difalink.