Category: Accessibility

Difference between accessibility, accommodation and universal design

Difference between accessibility, accommodation and universal design

Many people use the words accessibility, reasonable accommodation and universal design interchangeably. These are different terms and  have specific meaning and application. I will try and explain this in a layman’s language in this blog. Accessibility Accessibility enables people with disabilities to reach and utilise a product or a service or information.  For example, constructionRead more about Difference between accessibility, accommodation and universal design[…]

The importance of an accessibility consultant when preparing a construction plan for your project

The importance of an accessibility consultant when preparing a construction plan for your project

This post is written by Ruchira Sarin. Accessibility / Universal Design Specialist has been recognised as a professional in the construction business/ project development team in the National Building Code of 2016. I got trained as an Architect 17 years back. As a young graduate from a premier architectural school, I felt I would conquerRead more about The importance of an accessibility consultant when preparing a construction plan for your project[…]

Making emergency preparedness inclusive for people with disabilities

Making emergency preparedness inclusive for people with disabilities

In our experience working with many organisations, people with disabilities are asked not to participate in mock emergency drills or they are asked to evacuate the building using the lift before the start of the mock drill. There are many other reasons why people with disabilities get kept out during the drills – inaccessible warningRead more about Making emergency preparedness inclusive for people with disabilities[…]

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[…]

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[…]