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Frequently asked questions on Disability Access Audits for built environment

Frequently asked questions on Disability Access Audits for built environment

DEOC’s Principal Architect, Ruchira Sarin, who specialises in universal design, has answered  a few frequently asked questions on Disability Access Audits for built environment. What is Access Audit of a building? An access audit is a method of evaluating a building/infrastructure against pre-determined standards to identify the barriers as well as good features in itsRead more about Frequently asked questions on Disability Access Audits for built environment[…]

Simulation exercises for disability sensitization – different viewpoints

Simulation exercises for disability sensitization – different viewpoints

One of the ways that organizations sensitize people about disability is through simulation exercises – i.e. make people sit on a wheelchair, blindfold them, give ear plugs, tie their hands up etc. in order for them to experience disability. Some feel this helps understand barriers faced by people with disabilities, while others are quite againstRead more about Simulation exercises for disability sensitization – different viewpoints[…]

How to ensure equal growth opportunities for employees with disabilities at your workplace

How to ensure equal growth opportunities for employees with disabilities at your workplace

In India, companies, especially in service industries like IT, Hospitality, Retail etc., have been hiring persons with disability for more than a decade. By and large, we have not heard of any major stories of the initiative failing. On the contrary, all the early adopters have experienced a direct impact on the business, which alsoRead more about How to ensure equal growth opportunities for employees with disabilities at your workplace[…]

The Importance of Collecting and Maintaining Data of Persons with Disabilities by Corporates

The Importance of Collecting and Maintaining Data of Persons with Disabilities by Corporates

In India most companies do not collect  data on employees with disability. Even if they do, it is quite ad hoc or even inappropriate. Let me explain it with a real story of  a multinational company in India. As per the Fire Audit requirements, database of employees with disabilities should be maintained by the SecurityRead more about The Importance of Collecting and Maintaining Data of Persons with Disabilities by Corporates[…]

This is what five women with disability at work say about creating an inclusive workplace

This is what five women with disability at work say about creating an inclusive workplace

We recently concluded the celebrations of the International Women’s Day on 8 March. The United Nation’s (UN) theme for this year was “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. The focus of this theme was to evaluate how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda and build momentum for the effective implementation ofRead more about This is what five women with disability at work say about creating an inclusive workplace[…]

Gatekeeping for Accessibility – Making Procurement Inclusive

Gatekeeping for Accessibility – Making Procurement Inclusive

DEOC partners with companies to formulate and/or review their policies and procedures created to ensure equal opportunity and non-discrimination in the domains of HR, IT, Travel, Emergency, Procurement and so on. The policy we would like to focus on, in this article, is Procurement and the role that a good Procurement Policy can play inRead more about Gatekeeping for Accessibility – Making Procurement Inclusive[…]

Five lessons you can learn from the winning corporates of the 17th NCPEDP- Helen Keller Award

Five lessons you can learn from the winning corporates of the 17th NCPEDP- Helen Keller Award

The NCPEDP-Mindtree Helen Keller Awards were started in 1999 to encourage the employment of people with disabilities. The award recognises individualswith disabilities and corporate for promoting employment opportunities for disabled people. Over the years, these awards have come to be recognised as the most prestigious Indian benchmark for honouring people and organisations who have made remarkable strides in creating inclusive environment for persons with disabilities.