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Photo caption: Screenshot from one of the Aku Mampu Berbisnis webinar series.

 

Continuing the success of “Aku Mampu Berbisnis” last year, DNetwork held the same program in 2021. The enthusiasm of persons with disabilities in Indonesia to participate in this program is increasing. More than 100 people from all over Indonesia registered to take part in a series of programs that have been running since last June.

There were a few things that we did differently this time. First, the material given to the participants is no longer about the basics and motivation of entrepreneurship. Since most participants already run their businesses in the development stage, DNetwork decided to provide materials that were more appropriate and focused on business digitization. Thanks to the collaboration with TokoTalk, an Indonesian startup that focuses on providing e-commerce sites, participants get the right knowledge and delivered by experts in their fields, such as online store management, SEO, digital marketing, and social media management.

After the Aku Mampu Berbisnis webinar series was over, by mid-July all participants were judged by the level of seriousness in running their businesses and the potential for business development. Four participants were selected to receive capital funds of IDR 2,000,000 each plus mentoring facilities from the Pratisara Bumi Foundation, and five received only mentoring facilities from LatihID. Seeing the enthusiasm and entrepreneurial potential of persons with disabilities in Indonesia, DNetwork hopes that this program will be sustainable and can create a wider positive impact.

DNetwork - Jaringan Kerja Disabilitas once again held a webinar series to support job seekers with disabilities. Unlike the previous events which underlined the development of knowledge and skills, these webinars focused on mindset building. Because undeniably, the mindset plays a very big role in building a person's character, both in the sphere of personal, social, and professional life. As people say, changing your mindset is the beginning of changing your life.

 The webinar series was held for four days, starting from April 13 to 16, 2021. Apart from the DNetwork team itself, there were three other speakers who delivered different modules; Ahmad Aziz (Engagement Lead at campaign.com) spoke about Collaboration, Ana Azzahra (CEO at Saung Research) about Critical Thinking, and Jawwadurrohman (Global Talent & Learning Partner at Gojek) about Creativity.

 Around 40 people with disabilities from various regions in Indonesia participated in these webinars. Various questions and interesting discussions occurred in the four webinar sessions, making them a very fruitful session. According to the survey we distributed to participants after the webinar series, these sessions were very useful, and the delivery was very easy to understand. Suriani, one of the participants, said that the webinars motivated her, "especially to always think positively, brave to keep trying new things, and not to give up even if I have failed in the past".

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March 2021 was a memorable month for DNetwork - Jaringan Kerja Disabilitas. Chosen by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, DNetwork was one of nine companies/organizations to represent Indonesia in the 2021 South by Southwest (SXSW) international event.

SXSW is one of the largest festivals in the world that showcase music performances, films, and creative ideas. Since 1987, this festival has been annually held in Austin, Texas. However, during this pandemic, SXSW 2021 was held online on March 16-20.

DNetwork had the opportunity to present a virtual booth which invited international visitors to discuss inclusiveness and job opportunities for people with disabilities and propose collaborations. Several startups and even multinational companies visited and discussed. The DNetwork team also had the opportunity to watch various panel discussions on inclusion such as "Disabilities and Tech; Barriers and Opportunities" and "Disability-led Innovation for Future Workspace" which were very eye-opening about the development of disability issues and their solutions.

DNetwork - Jaringan Kerja Disabilitas started 2021 by sharing the spirit of inclusion, especially in hope for the job opportunities for people with disabilities this year will be available even wider. Considering that 2020 was a difficult year, many people with disabilities lost their jobs and those looking for work never got the opportunity. Therefore, in 2021 DNetwork is committed to strive even harder and encourage companies to open up inclusive jobs while assisting people with disabilities to develop their skills to match with today's job opportunities.

Throughout January 2021, DNetwork held two seminars that focused on providing information to employers about the importance of building an inclusive work environment and how to recruit and work with people with disabilities. The first seminar on Monday (18/1) was aimed specifically at about 50 employees of the British Embassy in Indonesia, including the British Ambassador for Indonesia, Mr. Owen Jenkins. Meanwhile, the second seminar on Tuesday (26/1) was held in collaboration with the Manpower and Transmigration Office of East Java Province, attended by around 60 company representatives around East Java. Hopefully these seminars will inspire job providers and the employment situation with disabilities this year will be better than the previous year.