The fourth edition of the India Inclusion Summit 2015 (IIS 2015) will take place in Bangalore on 20 and 21 November at the Park Plaza, Bangalore.
It will be inaugurated by Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot, the chief guest.
IIS 2015 is a community initiative driven by SAP SE, ANZ, Allegis and EnAble India. It is a platform to bring together public personalities to create awareness about people with disabilities in mainstream society.
V R Ferose, who runs SAP's worldwide Globalization Services organization, started SAP's industry-leading initiative to hire people with autism, which led to SAP making a commitment to hire Autistic people for 1% of its workforce.
Ferose founded the India Inclusion Summit in 2012 "to spread awareness on the topic on inclusion."
On this latest edition IIS 2015, Ferose told IBT-India Edition that 'My mission of inclusion will be achieved on the day we no longer need a dedicated summit to talk about inclusion of people with disabilities into the mainstream."'
IIS 2015 will see eminent personalities from diverse fields like noted musician Shankar Mahadevan, advertising and marketing guru Prahlad Kakkar, Advisor to US President Barack Obama Nipun Mehta, Advisor to US President Barack Obama; social worker and Padmasree awardee Dr. Uma Tuli, athlete and Arjuna awardee Deepa Malik, professor of Developmental Psychopathology, University of Cambridge and forerunner in the field of autism research Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, and eminent actor and director Ramesh Arvind address the looming issue of disabilities in India.
Constituting 2.13 per cent of the total population, people with disabilities continue to face challenges in terms of accessibility and inclusion. The SAP dream is to spread awareness about people with disabilities and inspire 10 million lives in its journey of inclusion by 2020 through popular media like movies, sports, books, music and others.
Since 2012, IIS has, to date, directly inspired the lives of over 3000 people from different walks of life and has spread the message of inclusion to more than 100000 through its online presence as it continues its journey of creating the world's largest platform that fosters diversity and inclusion in the society.