Ability in Disability
Around 60 people with physical disabilities now work at Bosch in India. Their chances of finding regular paid work in the normal job market are low. Unlike in Germany, this is a voluntary commitment rather than a specific requirement set out by the government.
Robert Bosch GmbH has also outsourced work to non-governmental organizations (NGO). N. S. Sarangadharan is the secretary of Ability in Disability, which aims to integrate people with disabilities into working and social life. His people produce goods for Bosch as well as a variety of other companies. But the high quality never changes. His organization has won awards for its zero percent error rates.
Sarangadharan, who has a degree in engineering, worked for another NGO before joining Ability in Disability. “The focus there was on training people and preparing them for a job they might never get,” he says. What happens to the people then? “We take the same approach as Bosch. We think long term. And you can see the success.”
Rangamma at work
Her error rate: zero percent – despite the fact that she is blind.
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Bosch in Germany employs many people with disabilities.