Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Dilshad Zarine, Galgotias University

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, 5th floor, Paryavaran Bhawan, CGO complex, Lodhi road, New Delhi

Application Process with contact details

The application process got started by sending the C.V to our mentor Saif Ahmed khan.

Duration of internship and timings

6th June  – 6th August

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

The first approach to this internship was clearing the interview phase, which was headed by Mukesh Jain and Saif Ahmed Khan. The internship is for a period from 6th June to 6th August.

On the very first day a meeting was conducted and it began with an introduction to the concept of Accessible India Campaign. Mukesh Sir explained to the students the ultimate goal of Accessible India Campaign, what was the need of doing it and what has been done so far. According to the census in 2011, 2.86 crore people in India are disabled in one way or the other.

The ultimate goal of Accessible India Campaign is to promote this kind of fully accessibility to all disabled persons. This is done in three stages:

• Built Environment Accessibility

• Transport Accessibility

• ICT Accessibility

Main tasks

The entire team into three sub-teams:

• Research and PR

• Content and design

• Campaign and social media management

I was chosen as the head of Research & PR. My main job was to spread our campaign. We used to have sensitisation drive in Raahgiri on Sundays. One of the main event was conducted on 24th July’16. The event was called as “Ride for Accessibility”.

It was graced by the presence of Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister of Science & Technology and Earth’s Sciences, Government of India. As an intern I had to manage the entire event. And make a press release on it after the event.

Work environment and people

The work environment was quite satisfying. And so was the mentors and interns. They’ve been supporting.

Best things

The internship gave an overall experience. It tested my presentation skills, research skills and provided great practical knowledge and experience. Through this internship the working for People with Disabilities (PwD).

This work has been incredibly rewarding, the people are friendly and accepting of me, as I am of them. I have met some wonderful people, who think and want the same things as anyone else.

Each person is an individual, so their wants and needs will be different to others. Alongside, the research for the project, assigned, helped me in understanding the foundation and base of what legal rights of People with Disability are and the scope of making India accessible for them.

Although I was not fortunate enough in meeting People with Disability much but just the thought of working for them was so pleasant.

And words just cannot describe my experience of working for and with People with Disabilities, as everyday has been and new memory.

Bad things

I can’t quote it as a bad thing. But I would’ve wished for more interaction and feed back from the People with Dissabilities.

Also there was no stipends.

Stipend

No stipend

Biggest Lessons

The biggest lesson would be the exposure & the skills of presentation and communication which I learnt over the internship period.

Overall Rating

9

Accommodation

No such accommodation was provided.

Office Timings

There was no such timing prescribed.

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