In order to empower people with intellectual disabilities, Together Foundation has opened a shop in Jogeshwari East, Mumbai. The shop was inaugurated today (June 14) by Subhash Desai, Minister for Industries and Mining, Maharashtra. This shop is part of Together Foundation’s Vocational training and Employment Initiative Programme. The speciality of the shop is that it will be managed by people with autism and other intellectual disabilities
It is an initiative which devoted is to provide dynamic environment for people with intellectual disabilities to learn and grow at their own individual pace. They will be trained in specific skills such as baking, paper plate manufacturing and paper bag design. Through this initiative they will earn from sold products. They will be employed at the shop and will learn skills of shop management, handling money, interacting with people, stocking and display of products.
Together Foundation is a registered Public Charitable Trust. It runs a life skills and vocational training centre for young people with autism and intellectual disabilities. “Our entire training program is based on helping our students to get ready for independent living, after the lifetime of parents. We teach our students, skills in the area of kitchen management, personal hygiene, recreational activities, computer skills and also vocational training,” said Sangeetha Chakrapani, Founder of Together Foundation.
“This is an inspiring initiative. Children with special needs should be economically empowered. It is important to plan their future. With this initiative they can be independent entrepreneurs,” said Dr Samir Dalwai, Pediatrician who was also present at the inauguration ceremony.