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Inclusiveness And Accessibility Index Launched
Apr 06, 2016

Government recently launched ‘Inclusiveness and Accessibility Index’ to mark the next chapter of its flagship Campaign, the ‘Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan’. The Index is prepared in collaboration with The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

Key Points

  • The ‘Inclusiveness and Accessibility Index’ helps the industries and corporates to participate in the Accessible India Campaign (AIC) by voluntarily evaluating their readiness for making the workplace accessible for Persons with Disabilities.

  • There are numerous persons with disabilities who have never let any form of disability come in their way of success and have left an indelible mark in their respective fields.

  • Society’s inadequate and improper responses to the disabled make their lives more difficult and

  • Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation has recently come out with ‘Harmonised Guidelines for Barrier Free Built Environment for Persons with Disability and Elderly Persons’ to be followed by CPWD.  These guidelines have special emphasis on safety and dignity, independence of movement and maintaining architecture quality.

  • The Index has been prepared with a holistic approach and may be applied and used by organisations irrespective of their size and scale.

  • The Index is a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country and will be a potential game changer for the integration, assimilation and inclusion of Persons with Disabilities into the mainstream.

  • The Index enables the organisations to introspect over their inclusive policies and organisational culture in aid of Persons with Disabilities, employment of such workforce and adaptations to meet their needs.

  • Accessibility is the key to inclusion and equal access for people with disabilities is the mantra for Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan.  An accessible barrier-free environment is the first step towards fulfilling the right of people with disabilities to participate in all areas of community life. It is with this objective Accessible India Campaign was launched on 3rd December, 2015.

  • The campaign is a nation-wide programme for achieving ‘Universal Accessibility’ for ‘Persons with Disabilities’ with a focus on three verticals: 1. Built Environment, 2. Public Transportation and 3. Information & Communication Technologies.

Index Toolkit

The Index Toolkit aims at assessing the current stage of inclusiveness and accessibility of persons with disabilities by an organisation. It can also act as a guide for taking progressive steps to increase support, inclusiveness and accessibility towards persons/employees with disabilities. The toolkit is based on research, and the best examples and experiences of organisations that have taken initiatives to increase accessibility of persons with disabilities and have benefited from such initiatives. The study will prioritize constructing the Accessibility Index for corporates to measure sensitivity towards persons with disabilities which will benchmark corporates operating in a given sector with their national peers. Extensive stakeholder consultations with NGOs and corporate sector will be held to ensure that the Index accommodates wide-ranging views of all stakeholders and is a robust document. At the second stage, the study will examine the role of state and NGOs in creating an enabling environment and executing the intent of regulations in promoting accessibility of disabled persons.


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