On March 29, DNetwork held its second User Gathering event. These are regular events held across Indonesia that are designed to provide knowledge about DNetwork to job seekers and workers with disabilities, educate DNetwork users about workplaces and job expectations, and connect job seekers with workers with disabilities to discuss their experiences.

25 people with a variety of disabilities attended this User Gathering, as well as an academic representative from Udayana University and eight companies that have partnered with DNetwork. These attendees all came together to discuss how people with disabilities can enter the workplace. This was a great opportunity for all those who attended. Each person with a disability shared their experiences working or applying for jobs, to help each other have a better chance of finding work.
Additionally, several of the companies that attended held open interview sessions with some of the attendees with disabilities, and five of them were accepted for positions! DNetwork hopes that this User Gathering and others like it in the future will lead to more inclusive opportunities for persons with disabilities in workplaces around Indonesia.

DNetwork would also like to express its gratitude to the users and representatives from Amarterra Villas, Alaya Hotels, Buffalo Tours, Fairmont Hotel, Marriott Bali Seminyak Hotel, Shangri-La Resort Bali, Sintesa Hotel, Swiss Bell Hotel and Udayana University, who attended and participated in this event. Their support is greatly appreciated.

More than 25 DNetwork users were given a tour of the hotel and its facilities, alongside presentations on the types of jobs available at a 5-star resort like Alaya.

This orientation event was made possible by the generous support of Destination Asia, a travel company in Bali that provided transportation assistance to the attendees. Destination Asia is also a DNetwork partner organisation and collaborates with them to employ people with disabilities.
DNetwork is looking forward to continuing its partnerships with Alaya Hotels and Destination Asia in the future.

In November, DNetwork held an event at the Annika Linden Centre to celebrate the launch of a new video showcasing some of their success stories. The video was created in partnership with the local video production company Satu Bumi Jaya, with funding from the US Consulate General Surabaya. Representatives from companies and disability support organizations attended the event and each shared their experiences and hopes for the progress of the disability sector. Attendees included Christine Getzler-Vaughan from the US Consulate General Surabaya, as well as representatives from Satu Bumi Jaya, Dash Hotel Seminyak, Alaya Hotels, Gerkatin Bali, Bali Deaf Community, Buffalo Tours, YPK Bali, Puspadi Bali, Pradnyagama, Pertuni Bali, Movenpick Resort Bali, and Happy Trails Asia!

DNetwork looks forward to working closely with these wonderful partners in the future to promote and support the employment of people with disabilities in Indonesia. To watch the video, please visit bit.ly/DNetworkVideoEng!