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Universal design recommendations for the post-Covid workplace environment

Universal design recommendations for the post-Covid workplace environment

Social /Physical distancing is the new normal. Organizations are taking some short and long term measures – infrastructural , technological and policy based – to ensure safety and well being of their employees and customers. There have been reports of instances of some arbitrary changes at workplaces and other public places which are sometimes insensitiveRead more about Universal design recommendations for the post-Covid workplace environment[…]

Making Virtual Meeting /Conference Accessible

Making Virtual Meeting /Conference Accessible

As we are all now having virtual meetings/conferences, it is imperative that it is accessible and inclusive to all including people with disabilities. If these are not accessible, one will end of excluding 15 % population comprising of people with disabilities who could be students, potential candidates, employees, customers, clients for various services or evenRead more about Making Virtual Meeting /Conference Accessible[…]

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[…]

What are the right terminologies for referring to people with disabilities?

What are the right terminologies for referring to people with disabilities?

There are so any terminologies for referring people with disabilities. Many disability professionals in the meetings/seminars/workplaces may have been rebuked by a colleague/participant for using the term ‘disability’. They would have got a lecture why the term disability should not be used and instead terms like specially abled, differently abled and specially enabled etc. shouldRead more about What are the right terminologies for referring to people with disabilities?[…]

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[…]

An assessment of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act 2016

An assessment of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act 2016

It’s been 2 years since The Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act was passed by both houses of the Parliament on 16th December 2016. Disability Rights India Foundation (DRIF) in collaboration with National Center for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) and National Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (NCRPD), withRead more about An assessment of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act 2016[…]

What you need to know about Multiple Sclerosis

What you need to know about Multiple Sclerosis

Interview with Renuka Malaker, National Secretary (Hon), Multiple Sclerosis Society of India, by DEOC What is Multiple Sclerosis? Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It is thought to be an immune-mediated disorder, in which theRead more about What you need to know about Multiple Sclerosis[…]

A comprehensive list of FAQs on Parkinson’s disease

A comprehensive list of FAQs on Parkinson’s disease

Dr. Nicole D’souza, a Neurophysiotherapist, in her interview with DEOC explained the Parkinson’s Disease (PD), the support that is available and accommodations that employers can provide to ensure a non-discriminating and an inclusive workplace. 1. Parkinson’s Disease is included as a disability in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act 2016. Can you pleaseRead more about A comprehensive list of FAQs on Parkinson’s disease[…]