Facilitating the tools for Kannan to achieve gainful employment

Our programs built the skills needed for him to find self sufficiency and inclusion in the mainstream workforce.


Ensuring sustainable employment in the mainstream workforce for people with disabilities, particularly those who drop out from the formal educational systems and are ineligible for government or non-government programs.


Individuals supported through our livelihood programs so far, with many more to go!

Our Approach

We prioritise community mobilisation, training and job placements for people with disabilities through our Livelihood program.

Community Mobilisation:

We identify working-age people with disabilities (PWDs) in rural and urban areas through public records, community programs, career guidance workshops, and collaboration with other developmental organisations, educational institutions and government agencies.

Career Guidance Placement:

Our Career Guidance Placement (CGP) cell caters to all the training units under the Livelihood programme. It works with over 120 prospective employers across states in South India to nurture and expand employment opportunities for PWDs. Placements are promoted through community job fairs, employer orientation, industrial orientation, field visits and pre-employment training.

Non-Formal Courses:

We also offer a 6-month non-formal fitter, electronic and mechanic training for candidates who don’t qualify for the formal training.

Training & Placement:

Once identified, they are led through academic or vocational training courses within APD or at other mainstream institutions sensitised to their requirements. Along with these courses, the PWDs get specific training based on opportunities sourced by the placement team.

Foundation Courses:

Our foundation course is a unique job-readiness course which offers training in self-management, everyday life, writing, English language, basic maths, sign language, and other topics for PWDs lacking in these fundamental life skills.

Horticulture Training

We create potential horticultural career prospects for PWDs in nurseries, landscaping, floriculture, tissue culture, and more. In addition, we also provide:

Garden Specialist Training:

A 4-month course on plants and seeds, watering, potting, composting, and other specialised skills.

Garden Supervisor Training:

A 4-month course on money management, customer interaction, computers, gardening, and organic products.

Sustainable Agriculture Livelihood Training:

A specialised course on sustainable agriculture methods that also promote family and community growth.

Reach out to our horticulture training centres in Bangalore at Jeevan Bima Nagar and Kyalasanahalli to build your horticultural skills and find employment opportunities.

Employer-Led Training (ELT)

Our team identifies candidates through a recruitment unit and provides job-appropriate training to place them in the public or private sector. The program is developed along with training partners and is specifically tailored to the requirements of chosen companies.

In order to foster inclusive workplaces, the training period includes capacity development for potential employers to use a rights-based approach to recruiting, induction, and mentorship.


8-weeks of on-the-job training (OJT) and practical sessions to enhance the candidates’ communication, computer, customer service, and life skills.

Hospitality ELT:

8-weeks of training for the hospitality industry, conducted in collaboration with training centres or academic institutions such as the Presidency College of Hotel Management and YUM Academy.

Retail ELT:

8-weeks of training to equip trainees on communication, customer interaction, labelling and selling.

How much impact will you create today?


Provide the tools a
gardener with disability
needs to do their work


Grant therapy services to 2
young adults with disability
in need of work


Ensure Livelihood training
and a seed fund for up to
2 people with disability


Enroll 5 young adults with
disability in our Horticulture
Training program

“Even after losing my right hand in an accident, the most life-changing experience for me was receiving training from APD in communication and computer skills so that I could build a career for myself.”

– Seeta S Gonda
on our Livelihood program