Tuesday, February 06, 2024

Invitation to sign up for free virtual event "Network & Learn" organised by AbilityNet and BarrierBreak in association with IAAP on 15 Feb 2024 [prior registration required]

Dear Colleagues,

IAAP (International Association of Accessibility Professionals), AbilityNet and BarrierBreak are continuing the popular ‘Network & Learn’ events in 2024. They're kicking off this year's popular Network and Learn session on 15th February at 6.30 pm IST.

Image of Mr. Subhash Chandra Vashishth in a white shirt, smiling.
Mr. Subhash Chandra Vashishth
The guest speaker for the session is Mr. Subhash Chandra Vashishth, Director of Centre for Accessibility in Built Environment Foundation (CABE Foundation) and is an Accessibility, Universal Design & Diversity Inclusion Specialist, working on standards, capacity building, access audits & advocacy. As an Expert Member on the Bureau of Indian Standards Committee for National Building Code & Smart Cities, he has contributed to standards formulation incorporating universal accessibility. Read more about him here

He will be discussing why the IAAP CPABE is critical to implementing accessibility, his career progression within the accessibility space and how he thinks certification benefits professionals.

The events are especially for UK and India Chapter IAAP members, plus anyone considering becoming a member.

The virtual event is not only a networking session where members and potential members can share accessibility tips and expertise, but it also acts as an event to help build and strengthen our community for accessibility professionals.

Network & Learn is organized by BarrierBreak and AbilityNet in association with IAAP with the aim to build a community around accessibility professionals. The session will be hosted by Ms. Shilpi Kapoor, IAAP, India Chapter Leader and founder of BarrierBreak and Mr. Mark Walker - Head of Marketing & Portfolio of AbilityNet will be hosting the networking.

There is no fee to join the event, however, registration/Signing up is mandatory. For more information on IAAP, please visit: https://www.accessibilityassociation.org/s/


Event Name:  Network & Learn

Hosted by: Ms. Shilpi Kapoor and Mr. Mark Walker

Guest on the Event: Mr. Subhash Chandra Vashishth, CPABE Level III Expert and Country Advisor India- G3ict 

Mode, Date and Time: Virtual Event, 15 Feb 2024, 6.30 PM- 7.30 PM, Indian Standard Time

Fee :  No Fee but registration required.

How to register: Sign up here

Make sure to sign up to the event today!

Monday, February 05, 2024

Invitation for the 3rd Capsule course on NBC 2016 – Accessibility in Buildings and Built Environment to held during 28-29 Feb 2024 at NITS Noida

Dear Accessibility Enthusiasts,

Capsule Course Banner
Fig. Course Banner
After the well received first in-person capsule course and second in-person capsule course 
on "National Building Code 2016 - Accessibility in Buildings & Built Environment" in July and Nov 2023 at National Institute of Training on Standardization (NITS) Noida, India,  here we come with 3rd Capsule Course on the subject.

CABE Foundation is happy to contribute to this capsule course being conducted by the Bureu of Indian Standards. You are invited to attend this Course scheduled to be held as per the details hereinbelow:

Who should attend?
Professionals and officials involved in land development and building construction whether in ULBs or Development Agencies or Private Players, establishents- whether governement or private. All those concerned with city planning, building regulation, and planning, design, construction and maintenance of buildings and built assets and facilities;  Teachers/Faculty of architecutre, civil engineering, design, urban planning, construction engineering etc.;  professional architects and civil engineers, persons with disabilities wanting to be self advocates and NGO leaders working in disability space. The course will also benefit those interested in accessibility in buildings and surveying the usability of the building for persons with disabilities and other diverse usergroups from the perspective of Universal Design or carrying out retrofitting in existing buildngs to make them accessible.  It will also help DEI professional, consultants to ensure that built environment meets the needs of diverse usergroups at the workplaces.

Course Schedule & Duration
The Course is of 2 days duration scheduled during 28 -29 Feb, 2024.

Venue:     National Institute of Training for Standardization (NITS)
         A 20-21, Institutional Area, Sector 62, NOIDA-201301(UP), India 
                Tel : +91-120-4670238, Email - nits@bis.gov.in 
                Google Map Link: https://maps.app.goo.gl/i5ZxXVemzhwb7TMF8

Course Fee :  INR 1,500/- only for the 2-day Course* (*Plus applicable GST). 

Hostel Facilities: The hostel facilities can be availed, if needed at NITS, Noida on chargeable basis which includes Breakfast & Dinner.

Course Brochure: Download here PDF 2 MB

How to Apply?

1. Online Portal: Application has to be made through BIS Training Portal www.manakonline.in, as explained below, latest by 21 July 2023.:- 
    • VISIT the E-BIS Website: www.manakonline.in
    • CLICK on the "Training" Head
    • LOGIN by clicking on the blue "LOGIN" button on the top right corner
    • SIGNUP by clicking on "SIGNUP" on the Member Login Page if you are not a member otherwise "SIGN IN" using your credentials
    • FILL OUT all the fields and click on "REGISTER" and complete the registration process. 
    • CHOOSE the course you want to apply for, fill in the required information and "PAY" the requisite fee.
2. By Email: Alternatively, you can also E-mail the filled up application form to nits@bis.gov.in. (Download the application Form MS Word 8KB

Criteria for Selection and Batch Size
  • Selection on First come First serve basis subject to availability of seats
  • Batch size – 40 
Certification: Certificate of participation on completion of the course.

  1. Subhash Chandra Vashishth, Director at CABE Foundation, Specialist- Accessibility, Universal Design & Diversity Inclusion, Accessibility Expert CPABE Level III (IAAP), Member of BIS Technical Committees- CED12, CED59, LITD35, SSD 09:03 etc. & Empaneled Access Audit Trainer (under Accessible India Campaign), Govt. of India 
  2. Shri T.D. Dhariyal,  Executive Director- CABE Foundation
  3. Ms. Madhurima Madhav, Scientist 'D' & Jt Director (Civil Engg.), Bureau of Indian Standards

Saturday, February 03, 2024

Empowering Change: Reflections on the Panel Discussion for Inclusive and Accessible Cities at Noida Utsav organised by SIDBI & NASVI

Mr. Subhash Vashishth leading the discussion on "Making Cities Inclusive and Accessible for the Differently Abled". Speakers: Mr. Rajendran (NEDAR), Mr. Sonu Ram and Ms. Kishwar.
Mr. Vashishth leading the discussion
On the breezy yet sunlit afternoon of February 3, 2024, at NOIDA UTSAV, an electrifying panel discussion unfolded under the banner of "Making Cities Inclusive and Accessible for the Differently Abled." The event, organized by NASVI and SIDBI at Noida Haat, was a testament to the commitment towards creating a more inclusive urban landscape. The panel, curated by NEDAR Foundation and CABE Foundation, was skillfully moderated by our Director, Subhash Chandra Vashishth.

The Panel had three speakers in addition to Mr. Vashishth. Mr. Rajendran of NEDAR Foundation, Mr. Sonu Ram, a person who has organised grass root self help groups of persons with disabilitiess in outer Delhi and Ms. Kishwar, a women entrepreneur who vends regularly in weekly haats who shared their expreiences of challenges they face, opportunities they explored and what do they think is the way forward. 

Mr. Vashishth with panel Speakers Mr. Rajendran (NEDAR), Mr. Sonu Ram and Ms. Kishwar posing wth entrepreneurs with disabilities.
Panelists posing for a photo with disabled entrepreneurs 

Key Takeaways from the Panel Discussion:

1. Street Vendors: Unsung Heroes of Entrepreneurship

The discussion shed light on the fact that many street vendors are individuals with disabilities. As entrepreneurs, they engage in street vending activities not only for livelihood but also for self-reliance. The panel emphasized the need for equal opportunities and enhanced accessibility in the infrastructure of vending spaces and sanitary facilities near vending zones which is a crucial element of inclusion particularly for women vendors with disabilities.

2. Representation on Town Vending Committees

A crucial takeaway was the call for the representation of persons with disabilities on the Town Vending Committees established under the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014. This step is vital in ensuring that policies are inclusive and considerate of the unique challenges faced by differently-abled street vendors.

Mr. Vashishth with panel Speakers Mr. Rajendran (NEDAR) and Ms. Kishwar posing at the NEDAR stall at the NOIDA Utsav
Mr. Vashishth with entrepreneurs at the NEDAR stall 

3. Mainstream Organizations: Catalysts for Change

NASVI and similar mainstream organizations were encouraged to include street vendors with disabilities and disability experts on their advisory bodies. Informed decisions and robust advocacy are essential for protecting the legitimate rights of the differently-abled, making the journey towards inclusion more effective.

4. Urban Planning for Accessibility

The discussion pointed out the critical role of urban planning authorities (Urban Local Bodies) in creating accessible vending zones. Recommendations included incorporating accessible features in built spaces and information and communication services (such as apps), reserving 5% of spaces for disabled vendors, and providing additional areas for parking mobility devices, wheelchairs, tricycles, or specially designed accessible vending carts.

5. Coexistence of Accessibility and Livelihood

A fundamental principle emerged from the dialogue: the right of accessibility and the right of livelihood must coexist as complementary factors. When notifying an area as a "vending zone," local authorities should ensure that footpaths, sidewalks, pavements, or streets remain accessible and usable by pedestrians and persons with disabilities, without being encroached upon by vendors.


In conclusion, the enthusiasm and engagement witnessed during this panel discussion serve as a powerful reminder of our collective responsibility to create a more inclusive and accessible world. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all participants for their valuable contributions. Let's continue working together, fostering an #InclusiveCities movement and championing the cause of #DifferentlyAbledEntrepreneurs. Together, we can make a lasting impact on the #EmpowermentJourney towards true #InclusionChampioning.

Special thanks to #SIDBI and #NASVI for their dedicated efforts in making this impactful dialogue possible and #NEDARFoundation and #CABEFoundation for initiating Inclusion discussion. The journey has just begun; let's continue striving for a world where inclusivity is not just a goal but a reality.

#InclusiveCities #AccessibilityAdvocate #EmpowermentJourney #InclusionChampion

Friday, January 19, 2024

"Rustom Merwanji Alpaiwalla Memorial Award 2024" to our Executive Director, Shri T. D. Dhariyal

New Delhi, 19 January 2024

Photo of Barrister Rustom Merwani Alpaiwalla
Barrister Late Rustom Merwani Alpaiwalla
We are extremely happy and proud to share that our Executive Director, Shri Thakur Datt Dhariyal was conferred with the prestigious "Rustom Merwanji Alpaiwalla Memorial Award 2024" by the National Association for the Blind, India, during a colourful event held in Mumbai on 19th January 2024 to celebrate the 73rd Foundation Day of National Association for the Blind, India (NAB, India).

Shri Dhariyal was conferred this honour under the category "Professional Worker" for his relentless services for the empowerment of Persons with visual dissabilities. See the CITATION towards the end of this spost.

Barrister Rustom Merwani Alpaiwalla in whose memory these awards were instituted was the founder President of the National Association for the Blind, India formed  in 1952 in Bombay. The Awards were instituted by NAB, India in 1972.

Mr. TD Dhariyal receiving the
Rustom Merwani Alpaiwalla Award 2024
NAB, India initiated an annual felicitation ceremony to recognize and appreciate the unsungheroes who contributed their time, money, skills and expertise in improving the quality of life and shaping the future of people with vision loss. This felicitation ceremony set off the first edition of the Rustom Merwanji Alpaiwalla Memorial Awards in 1973 - on NAB, India's Foundation Day - January 19. Over the years the Association instituted some more Awards mostly for visually challenged achievers who excelled in their professions - The Neelum KhurshedKanga Awards for visually challenged women and the Late Mrs. P. D. Khambatta Awards.

We congratulate Mr. TD Dhariyal on this recognition and honour for his relentlesss services as a professional in this space.


Wednesday, January 17, 2024

A Court for All: Transforming Accessibility in India's Supreme Court [Report Included]

Dear Colleagues,

In a significant stride towards inclusivity, the Supreme Court of India has embarked on a journey to address accessibility issues for persons with disabilities, women, and senior citizens. This monumental effort was underscored by the release of the report titled “A Court for All: Paving the Way for Accessibility in the Supreme Court for Persons with Disabilities, Women and Senior Citizens” in October 2023, by the Supreme Court Committee on Accessibility.

The report serves as a mirror reflecting the stark realities faced by marginalized groups within the judicial system. For too long, individuals with disabilities, pregnant women, and senior citizens have encountered formidable barriers hindering their access to justice. These barriers, ranging from physical infrastructure inadequacies to functional service limitations, have not only impeded their physical access but also undermined their dignity and rights within the corridors of justice.

Physical accessibility challenges highlighted in the report include the absence of wheelchair-friendly amenities, unclear signage, inadequate tactile flooring, and insufficient designated seating in courtrooms and waiting areas. These deficiencies not only hinder mobility but also symbolize the exclusionary nature of the justice system.

Moreover, the report sheds light on functional service challenges, such as the lack of sign language interpreters, inadequate technology for the visually impaired, and inaccessible online resources. These issues not only inconvenience but also perpetuate systemic discrimination against marginalized groups.

However, the report goes beyond mere identification of problems; it offers pragmatic recommendations for improvement. From introducing accessible route maps and refurbishing key facilities to enhancing online platforms and ensuring the availability of sign language interpreters, the recommendations pave the way for a more inclusive judicial system.

Nevertheless, while the report provides a comprehensive overview of accessibility issues, there are areas where it could further elaborate. Specific details regarding financing or budget allocations for the recommended changes, as well as detailed implementation plans with monitoring mechanisms, are notable omissions that warrant attention.

It is pertinent to share that the Committee had solicited feedback from individuals with disabilities and disability rights experts through questionnaires, to arrive at recommendations that meet the diverse needs of stakeholders.

Furthermore, the Committee's focus on understanding the unique challenges faced by women, particularly during pregnancy, and senior citizens also reflected a commitment to inclusivity at every level of the judicial process. Additionally, attention had been given to the specific needs outlined in the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Act, 2017, highlighting the importance of accommodating individuals with diverse health conditions.

The diverse composition of the Committee, comprising experts from various fields, underscores the collaborative effort to drive meaningful change. With inputs from accessibility experts, legal professionals, and representatives from the Supreme Court Bar Association, the Committee has leveraged a wealth of expertise to develop comprehensive recommendations.

As the Supreme Court endeavors to operationalize these recommendations, it is imperative to recognize that ensuring accessibility is an ongoing commitment. Robust monitoring mechanisms and timely reviews are essential to ensure that the recommendations translate into tangible improvements within the prescribed timelines.

In essence, “A Court for All” is not just a report; it is a testament to the Supreme Court's commitment to upholding the principles of equality and justice for all. As we embark on this journey towards inclusivity, let us heed the call to action articulated in the report and work collectively towards building a more accessible and equitable future for India.

Read the report- A Court for All, here:

Friday, January 12, 2024

CABE participated in International Purple Fest 2024 and contributed to Convention on Accessibility Standards and Law Clinic- Access to Justice

Panaji, Goa,  Dated 12 January 2024

CABE Foundation contributed to the International PurpleFest 2024 in two of the important events:

(a) Purple Convention on Accessibility Standard Session. 
The event was organized by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), titled "Accessible and Inclusive Digital India - Putting IS-17802 Standard into action" on Friday January 12th, 2024.

Mr. Vashishth speaking at the Convention.
Mr.Vashishth, speaking at the convention
Our Director, Subhash Chandra Vashishth represented the Foundation at the Fest. He spoke on the legal framework of IS 17802 Accessibility of ICT Products and Services, case laws and physical access to ICT products and services.
Participants at the convention

IS-17802, is an Indian Standard issued by the Bureau of Indian Standards, focuses on accessibility for ICT products and services. Recently notified for compliance under Rule 15 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rules, this standard is a significant step toward creating an inclusive digital environment in India.  Mr. Vashishth has also been a member of the BIS Technical Committee that produced this standard and he has been actively championing its adoption among relevant stakeholders. 

Let's join forces to boost awareness among stakeholders to enhance uptake of IS-17802. Together, we can make a substantial impact on ensuring that products and services are accessible to persons with disabilities.

Convention schedule:

(b) Master Classes: Law Clinic- Access to Justice & Redressals

Collage of images from the Law Clinic-Access to Justice
Collage of Pictures of Law Clinic- Access to Justice
This event was curated by Rising Flame focusing on empowerment and justice. In this law clinic with Ms. Kanchan Pamnani and Mr. Subhash Chandra Vashishth,  explored disability and the experiences of discrimination. How do we navigate redressal and what role can the law play? The session also focussed on the law and access to justice through the story of Purple Ambassador Sonali who's legal struggle reminded us about the collective work for justice and a world free of violence.

Thank you Purple Fest Goa for providing this platform for promoting larger disability inclusion through awareness raising on standards and way ahead for its adoption!

Empowering the Legal Fraternity: Insights from the Delhi Judicial Academy's Core Competence Conference

New Delhi,  12 Jan 2024

The Delhi Judicial Academy (DJA) recently organized a groundbreaking event, the 'Core Competence Conference for Knowledge, Skill & Perspective Development,' specifically tailored for Metropolitan Magistrates (N.I. Act). Held on January 12, 2024, this conference aimed at enhancing the capabilities of judicial officials and fostering a deeper understanding of crucial legal aspects.

Key Speakers and Topics:

Mr. TD Dhariyal seen on the stage with Dr. Aditi Chaudhary, Director DJA along with other Mr. Rakesh Kumar Singh, ADJ. The background has slide deck detailing the session.
Sh. TD Dhariyal, Dr. Aditi Chaudhary (centre),
Sh. Rakesh Kumar Singh & leadership of DJA
The highlight of the event was the address by Shri TD Dhariyal, the Executive Director of CABE Foundation, who delved into the significant subject of  "Protecting Constitutional & Legal Rights." His focus was on ensuring Access to Justice for Individuals with Disabilities, shedding light on both visible and invisible disabilities, court infrastructure, challenges, and viable solutions. Mr. Rakesh Kumar Singh, Additional District Judge (ADJ), North-West, Rohini, added valuable insights by discussing procedural issues, including territorial jurisdiction, limitation, complaints involving juristic persons, serving the substance of accusations, conversion of summary trials to summons, and digital recording of evidence.

Wide Participation and Impact:

With over 150 judicial officials in attendance, the conference provided a platform for an extensive exchange of ideas and knowledge. The insights shared by the speakers are expected to have a lasting impact on the judicial officers undergoing training, enabling them to better address the needs of persons with disabilities.

Enhancing Accessibility:

A core theme of the conference was the commitment to making court processes more disabled-friendly and accessible. The knowledge imparted during the event is anticipated to empower judicial professionals to ensure reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities, be it as a litigant, accused, witness, or legal professional on any side of the bar.


By addressing crucial issues surrounding access to justice for persons with disabilities, the 'Core Competence Conference' has taken a significant step towards creating a more inclusive and equitable legal system. As judicial officers apply these insights in their respective roles, we can hope for positive changes that enhance the overall effectiveness of our legal processes.