Tech Mahindra opens SMART+ centre; gives financial independence to youth with disabilities
The SMART+ Centre inaugurated in Noida, which is a joint effort of the Tech Mahindra Foundation (TMF) and Noida Deaf Society (NDS) to work with the hearing and speech impaired youth and ensure their access and sustainability in undertaking livelihoods.
This is TMF's first SMART+ centre in Noida aimed at making such youth financially independent, self-reliant, and thereby addressing their vulnerability issues.
After the success of its SMART program, the SMART+ program was launched in 2013 to include persons with Disabilities. A specially designed curriculum plus well-equipped classrooms enable effective communication in classrooms so as to enable persons with disabilities to learn. In the year 2018-19 SMART+ trained close to 1,477 (approximately) persons with disabilities.