Able Disabled All People Together (A.D.A.P.T)
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited
At larger view directly the project has been able to successfully provide educational assistance and therapeutic treatment to the students of A.D.A.P.T project which has been leading us towards the objective of access of children to educational, and employment opportunities irrespective of disability, gender and social disadvantage.
INTRODUCTIONThe A.D.A.P.T program aims to support the education, therapy needs (Physiological, Occupational and Speech therapy) and counselling needs of the children with multiple disabilities like cerebral palsy, downs’ syndrome, muscular dystrophy, autism etc. and envisions to bring them into the mainstream schools and give them equal opportunities for education and growth in order to contribute towards societal inclusiveness and empowerment. We envisage that the children supported through the Project A.D.A.P.T are made competent enough that they can face the society at large and can live with dignity against all the bias persistent in the society for the disabled.
- To increase the access of children to educational, and employment opportunities irrespective of disability, gender and social disadvantage.
- To promote the exchange of information and ideas on sustainable inclusion policy and practice.
- To develop resources to support a sustainable model for the universalization of primary education.
- To foster community attitudes, professional practices leading to legislation measures supportive of inclusive education and a social model of disability.
- To develop and implement placement and post-placement strategies for increasing employability of people with disabilities.
- To influence public opinion, policies and legislation concerned with the rights and needs of disabled youth.
FRAMEWORK AND STRATEGYThe project is an innovation of HPCL CSR in terms of its uniqueness of empowering people through institutional support and continuous engagement. For the purpose a cooperation between Corporate – Non-Government Organization has been established and was created with active involvement of the parents, local community, civil society organizations / representatives to enhance their Inter-personal skills, to promote inclusive education system for the children with disabilities, such that, they can attend school, learn, and complete their schooling. The project also aims at elaborating relevant education programs for the children with disabilities in order to integrate them into mainstream school. This model has been successfully being implemented for the last 5 years and has evolved over the period.
The Project A.D.A.P.T aims at bringing JUSTICE, FAIRNESS and EQUALITY for the special children by way of providing quality educational facilities and therapeutic mechanism, considering the fact that they are at the threshold and can prove to be able and contributing part to the existing Indian society at large. Our employees at all level working at various operational areas like the refineries, terminals, business units, depots and zonal offices regularly take part in different CSR activities and also assist Team HPCL-CSR team in implementing the project at ground and are always desirous to be connected directly with the beneficiary.
ACHIEVEMENT AND IMPACTAt larger view directly the project has been able to successfully provide educational assistance and therapeutic treatment to the students of A.D.A.P.T project which has been leading us towards the objective of access of children to educational, and employment opportunities irrespective of disability, gender and social disadvantage. For all the CSR major projects, HPCL has a mechanism of conducting periodic monitoring that is conducted by nominated Project Leaders and Asst. Project Leaders project / activities. The members of the respective committee and council ensure the effectiveness of the project by continuous monitoring and evaluation for measuring impact and progress towards achievement of the goals. Also, in the ADAPT project, the aims of education and treatment continue to be tracked and monitored through various tools that are used by a multidisciplinary team of teachers, therapists, social workers and psychologists at the services level. ADAPT’s multidisciplinary team of professionals comprises of forty one professionals and eighteen support staff. Apart from the core team, we also have thirty volunteers who have been associated with ADAPT from six months to twenty years.
FUTURE DIRECTIONThe project started evolving and the procedures for the children (beneficiaries) and the parents were then sensitized and trained for extensive care and treatment of the child, when at home, this way we maximized the participation of the parents with the children in the project. In the next phase the project matured and the focus transcended towards the imparting meaningful engagement and developing skills of the children / young adults so that they can be independent in their life. In a more recent move towards an advance phase HPCL has integrated their skill development and engagements of products made by them to the market through different platforms like I can Bazaar etc. Also, during the course of the A.D.A.P.T project, Team CSR has also learnt the best practices of other projects of similar nature and tried to assimilate them.
HPCL is a Government of India Enterprise with a Navratna Status, and a Forbes 2000 and Global Fortune 500 company. It is listed on the Bombay Stock exchange (BSE) and National Stock Exchange (NSE), India. HPCL owns & operates 2 major refineries producing a wide variety of petroleum fuels & specialties. HPCL also owns and operates the largest Lube Refinery in the country producing Lube Base Oils of international standards which accounts for over 40% of the India’s total Lube Base Oil production