Young Indians with autism benefit from vocational training

In India, 100 teenagers with autism now have access to vocational training through the "Living with Dignity" programme run by the Tamana NGO. These young people, ages 16 and up, have access to an oven and the other equipment needed to make various products – local specialties, pastries, jams, pickles... The programme aims to help them achieve greater independence: once their training has been completed, Tamana helps the more successful trainees to find a job.



The beneficiaries of the programme are directly selected from among the pupils attending the Tamana Special School. The school is just one of the achievements of this NGO, which was founded in 1984 and is a pioneer in the field of mental disorders and illnesses. Tamana was the first organisation in India to lobby to have autism recognised as a condition in its own right, distinct from other mental disabilities. A number of institutions and schools have now been set up in the capital of New Delhi, not only for people with autism, but also for people with mental disabilities. These establishments help children, teenagers and adults to gain access to education and vocational training.

The "Living with Dignity" programme was submitted to the Orange Foundation in the framework of the May 2012 Orange Support Without Borders call for projects, by the team in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Orange Business Services in India. The team has already taken part in other solidarity programmes such as the "Sunshine" project, which encourages access to vocational training for underprivileged women and children.

The facilities of the programme were officially opened in New Delhi in March 2013 in the presence of Stéphane Richard, CEO of the Orange Group, and Vivek Badrinath, Deputy Executive Officer. By supporting this project in India, the Orange Foundation has taken its commitment to improving the quality of life for people with autism beyond the European borders.

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