Mr. Ganesh Shivaram Hegde began his journey at the Association of People with Disability (APD) Bangalore in 1992. He did his B.Sc (Agriculture) and later post graduation in Environmental Science. Ganesh leads the Horticulture Training Unit of APD which is unique and only one of its kinds in India.
The Unit has been in existence since 1987 and the programme has seen over 1800 persons with disability find gainful employment in the areas of gardening, horticulture, cookery, sustainable agriculture, and allied fields. The beneficiaries are largely people with loco motor disabilities, deaf persons and people with learning disability, in the age group of 18 to 30 years, who drop out from school and are from the poorest of poor families from different regions of Karnataka.
The Horticulture programme promotes ecology/green environment and is also therapeutic. Ganesh is undoubtedly one of the very few individuals who have expertise in both the areas of horticulture and disability.
During his tenure with APD, he has trained many gardeners, gardener specialists, supervisors and entrepreneurs. He has also supported several other NGOs to initiate horticulture therapy projects to reach out to more people with disabilities.
Ganesh presently runs all livelihood programmes of APD for gainful employment like horticulture, industrial training centre, employment lead training, job readiness programme, and all departments connected with them for mobilizing youth with disabilities.