Skills Development & Employment

The question uppermost in the mind when it comes to a disabled child, is ‘after school, what?’

The most intense desire of a disabled person is to be independent and socially integrated, not a burden. Realizing that the only way to achieve this was to offer selective skills training in job-oriented disciplines, we set up a work centre adjacent to our Centre in Colaba. It introduced young adolescents and young adults to skills like carpentry, printing, tailoring and ceramic work.

Today, a second Skills Development Centre in Chembur hums with activity, offering not just training, but also strategies for selective placement, follow-up services and training, moving onto employment.

Through awareness campaigns, ADAPT has changed the perspective of employers, shifting the discourse from stereotyped jobs like telephone operating to high-end careers like accountancy and computer engineering.

Along with specific vocational skills, trainees are also educated in communication skills, functional literacy, work ethics and discipline.

Under the ILO guidelines, the SDC team makes a determined effort to place every candidate in an appropriate job, through work experience, placement within ADAPT, self-employment, open competitive employment, sheltered employment or through job fairs that bring disabled candidates and potential employers together.


Introduction to computer skills and training in data entry
Introduction to accounting and banking
Basic office skills
Spoken and written English
Reception and telephone operating skills
Housekeeping skills
Food & beverage service
Culinary skills
Catering, Food Processing and Baking
Soft skills
Light Engineering
Printing and File Making
Hobby Courses
Training in Textile Industry
Basic Beauty Parlour Course
Training in Sheltered Work Activities


Assessments of a person’s abilities
Vocational guidance
Sponsorships and financial aid for training
Referral services
Adult Literacy Classes and,
Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities
Talent Search


ADAPT lays great emphasis on the development of skills for its trainees who have multiple disabilities and may not be able to follow an academic programme. They are trained in vocational services depending on their hand functions, abilities and interests. Baking is an art which does not need a lot of heavy infrastructure and one can easily start earning with a small unit at home.

The ‘I CAN BAKE’ Project was launched recently, headed by Mrs. Natasha Chib and Dr. Maneeta Sawhney. It has been sponsored by ILF &S.  Depending on their skill level, trainees may look at training with a bakery for further development of their potential. The duration of the course is one year.