Accenture grants Association for Aid and Relief, Japan $1.15 mil to equip persons with disabilities with employment skills


Accenture and the Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan) announced Friday that Accenture and the Accenture Foundations have awarded AAR Japan $1.15 million to help the organization provide vocational training, business skills and suitable job placements to more than 2,700 persons with disabilities.

The award reflects Accenture’s global corporate citizenship initiative, Skills to Succeed, which will equip 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. The grant will help persons with disabilities become economically self-sufficient and socially self-reliant and allow AAR Japan to work with local employers to develop appropriate work placements for them.

“Supporting the Association for Aid and Relief, Japan helps exemplify Accenture’s commitment to building skills and improving the communities in which we live and work,” said Jill Huntley, senior director of corporate citizenship at Accenture. “By fostering workforce diversity, AAR Japan is proving persons with disabilities can effectively participate in, and contribute to, Japan’s economy.”

“More than 2.8 million persons with disabilities in Japan are able to work and seeking employment,” said Sayako Nogiwa, of AAR Japan’s Tohoku office. “Teaming with Accenture helps us make a lasting impact on this community and on our local and national economies through effective vocational training and appropriate, fulfilling job placements.”

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I'm disabled myself, but I think this is a waste of money.

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More than 2.8 million persons with disabilities in Japan are able to work uhhh? 2.8 million people have a disability? thats a bit much I think, what happened? Break down those figures, I think there is something not right here.

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Yes, I wonder about the figures. Also think this is a waste of money. And in case anyone supposes "diversity" would include marginal groups like disabled foreigners, think again. My husband's experience when going for jobs reserved for disabled people at Hello Work, and this is really top of the range stuff, like cleaning toilets at Haneda airport, was that they rang up whoever was posting the job, and said "we've got someone here, BUT he's a foreigner." Needless to say, no work came out of his efforts. He's basically been jobless for 12 years.

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