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