Cheshire Disability Trust (CDT) is a member of the Leonard Cheshire Disability Global Alliance, a worldwide organization striving to better the lives of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) through economic independence and self-reliance. From the time of its inception, CDT has impacted the lives of over 3,807 people by helping them earn a living and reintegrating them into society. To achieve this, CDT focuses on employability training and placement for PWDs aged 19 to 35.
Mission & Vision
According to the Census Report of 2011, there are 26.8 million people in India who have some form of disability, of which only a small percentage are employed. This startling statistic highlights the challenges faced by these individuals in finding employment to improve their standard of living. To help them achieve their economic independence, CDT’s Mission & Vision revolves around improving their quality of life through training programs specially designed to impart the critical skills employers are looking for.
Group Captain Leonard Cheshire was a bomber pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War II. He was awarded the United Kingdom’s highest gallantry award—the Victoria Cross—for gallantry during the war. After the war, he founded the organization that we know today as Leonard Cheshire Disability after realizing the need to give back to society and aid the sheer number of people disabled by the war. Leonard Cheshire Disability is a global NGO (of which CDT is a part) with presence in 54 countries worldwide. For his humanitarian work, Group Captain Cheshire was elevated to the Peerage by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth and was awarded the United Kingdom’s highest civilian award, the Order of Merit. Group Captain Leonard Cheshire came to India in 1956 and established the first Cheshire Home in India, at Mumbai to provide lifelong residential care for PWDs. Today there are 19 active homes in India. CDT was established in 2011 to enable PWDs to become economically independent. This was done through employability training, occupational placement and post-placement support. Today CDT has impacted the lives of over 3,807 PWDs at Bangalore and other locations in the country.