I went to a KFC branch today and saw that most of the staff at that outlet was deaf or probably had some other disability. There was a huge board as well that said that this restaurant has employees that are deaf or mute.
It was a pleasant surprise to see that some organization has started this. People with disabilities don’t get many jobs but its good when companies begin to accommodate them. Its a good business trick to attract customers but more important is the social service that they are providing to the society.
Now when I came back and searched on Internet, I realized that this concept is not new in KFC. May be its the first one in Pakistan but this has been done by KFC in other parts of the world.
Next time, when I have to go somewhere to eat, KFC will have an edge because they are trying to accommodate neglected people of our society.
This gives me another idea. Software is another industry where these people can work with proper training e.g. if we train those people how to design web sites, how to write programs etc – then they can work as a freelancer at least. There are many web sites like RentACoder and Kasamba etc. where one doesn’t need to talk/hear most of the times. Most of the communication is done through emails etc. These disabled people can earn a reasonable living through this.