ATF's Ecosystem will empower Start-ups & Persons with Disability
Access to Disabled Community (Beneficiaries, NGOs, Experts)
Fundraising / Scaling
Distribution Channels for Assistive Technology Solutions
Technology innovation in the disabled space
Reduced cost of solutions
Increased availability of assistive products
At ATF, we believe in delivering an impact in the lives of people with disabilities through various inclusive initiatives. Our ultimate goal is to enable living, livelihood and learning of persons with disabilities.
The ATF Awards have been instituted to primarily address the existing gap in leveraging technology and ushering in positive change in the disability space and also to increase awareness about disability. The first edition of the ATF awards consisted of 10 awards in 3 main categories that recognize not only the startups in the assistive technology space but also the ecosystem enablers including corporates, NGOs, governments, educational institutions and investors who have successfully harnessed technology for meaningful change.
The ATF Awards is a sincere attempt to inspire more people to step forward and share our vision of creating a disabled friendly world. We want to position these stories centerstage and have established several strategic partnerships to turn this vision into reality. We hope to find solutions for problems such as limited governmental support and policy, lack of funding and awareness that plague the assistive technology sector through this initiative.
The ATF Award logo is an abstract ‘I’ that signifies the independence that can empower a person with disabilities when technology, passion and society work together. The award trophy was designed by Titan and launched by Legendary Cricketer Rahul Dravid. Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India – Prof. K. Vijay Raghavan delivered the keynote address on the occasion of the final virtual award ceremony in June 2021.
Vaccine Inclusive Nation (VIN) is a mission to vaccinate people with disabilities on priority. ATF has been able to help vaccinate 8583 people with disabilities and their caregivers so far.
While around 74% of total Indians are literate, the stats for the people with disability stands at only 55%*. One of the major reasons for this include lack of accessible technologies at a fair price to all, a dropout rate of 44% and lack of policies.
Furthermore, research shows that out of the 3% quota reserved for PWD in higher education, only 0.56% is occupied, again the reason being lack of quality in basic education.
Adidvara is India’s First curated digital platform for people with disabilities with an aim of accelerating adoption of Assistive Technology solutions for People with Disabilities.
In Sanskrit, Adidvara means door to infinity. Through the essence of Adidvara, ATF is creating a digital platform / marketplace that increases the access of learning, livelihood & living for youth with disabilities. ATF Adidvara is a door to limitless possibilities of transforming lives of people with an intent to amplify growth in aforementioned areas.
As a part of the first phase of Adidvara Learning Mission, ATF aims to enable the learning of 6000 deaf youth in a year’s time. This program will make accessible content in Indian Sign Language available through the digital platform to deaf youth which will improve their learning outcomes.
Only 1 in 3 people with disabilities is employed on average. The economic losses related to exclusion of people with disabilities from the workplace are between 3% and 7% of GDP. ATF Adidvara aims to bridge the employment gap by creating an accessible job portal to provide employment opportunities to people with disabilities from various industries.
In summary, Adidvara is a door that will open up to bring together revolutionary stakeholders involving assistive technology innovators, people with disabilities, government, NGOs and corporate CSR to curate and collaborate. It aims to provoke a leap from requirement to awareness and adoption of assistive technology products.
D & I advisory aims at enabling Corporates to increase their talent pool via Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Workforce, Advisory to Government Startup Missions and Impact Funds.
Persons with disabilities represent about 15% of the world’s population. But their participation in the workforce is disproportionately low. Worldwide, estimates hold that up to 80% are not employed.
In higher-income countries, the employment rate of persons with disabilities is estimated at 44%; in lower income countries, it falls to as low as 10-20%. Even if companies hire persons with disabilities, many aren’t nurturing their talents or helping them reach their potential.
Through Disability and Inclusion advisory, we provide consultancy services to organisations who strive to establish inclusive workplace standards. Through our advisory services, we make sure that inclusion is sustainable and not only ensures non-discriminated hiring but also incorporates engaging, enabling and empowering people with disabilities in workplace settings.
With this initiative, ATF aims to establish an inclusive innovation network through Global Collaboration with AT focused initiatives in Australia, UK, Kenya, Canada, US, China and New Zealand. Access to global ideas, capital & markets.
- Acceleration Program for AT Startups
- +N Inclusive Innovation Network
- AT Impact Fund
- Digital AT Sandbox
- AT Marketplace
- Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) Advisory
- Special Programs like vacc-I-nation
- ATF Adidvara
- AT Wiki
- ATF Awards
- The One Tech (ToT)
- Limitless – The Possibility Code
- AT Experience Centre
- Fellowship to Entrepreneurs with Disabilities
- Partnership Ecosystem (Government, Non-Profits, Corporate, Education Institutes, Investors and Assistive Technology Start-ups)