CABE Foundation is an advocacy, research and capacity building non-profit initiative focusing on Accessibility, Universal Design, Standards Formulation, Access Audits of Built Infrastructure, Disability Laws, Policy Reform, Disability and Diversity Inclusion, Inclusive Education, Workplace Inclusion, Job Reservations, Training, Awareness Raising and Empowerment of various stakeholders.

The Board of Directors comprises of:

Mr. Thakur Datt Dhariyal
Co Founder & Executive Director

Mr. T.D. Dhariyal, Executive Director
Shri Thakur Datt Dhariyal has served as the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Govt. of NCT of Delhi from 17th  March 2017 to 31st Dec 2019 and delivered many pathbreaking orders and judgements

Shri Dhariyal worked as a Civil Servant for more than 3 decades in the Ministries  of Defence, Home, Shipping and Social Justice and Empowerment. He was Deputy Chief  Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities in Government of India for over 13  years till 2014. Subsequently he served as Advisor, Disability Inclusion and  Mainstreaming in CBM, a Germany based disability and development  organisation of more than 100 years’ standing. He holds  Masters’ degrees in Economics and Business Administration from University of Hull, UK.

Working for persons  with disabilities is his passion. He has been actively working to help  persons with disabilities to secure their rights and entitlements and the organisations to implement laws and policies for empowerment of persons with  disabilities.

Shri Dhariyal has contributed articles and presented papers on inclusive education, employment, mainstreaming disability, barrier free environment, community based inclusive development,  etc.  He also compiled a  book entitled "Judgments on Disability Issues” and contributed in bringing  out a Compendium on International and National Human Rights Regime for Persons with Disabilities; Disabled Friendly Sports Facilities; Guide book on Accessible Tourist Places in Delhi.

He has also been/is the Guest Faculty and trainer on a variety of disability issues in premier Training  Institutes like Lal Bhadur Shastri National Academy of Administration,  Mussoorie; Institute of Secretariat Training and Management, New Delhi; IIPA,  New Delhi; UTCS, Govt. of NCT of Delhi; State Administrative Training  Institutes, CSIR, ISRO, IOCL, NTPC, Oil India, Institute of Public  Administration, Bengaluru, etc. Shri Dhariyal has also been/is a member of  various expert committees in the Government, UGC, Universities, NIOS, Corporate  Sector, NGOs/INGOs. 


Prof. (Dr.) Mrs. Rachna Khare

Co Founder and Director

Dr. Rachna Khare, Director
One of the authors of Universal Design India Principles developed at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in 2011, Rachna Khare is full Professor and Dean (Research and Faculty Affairs) at School of Planning and Architecture Bhopal. Prior to this she was a Senior Research Fellow with Jamsetji Tata Universal Design Research Chair at National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and taught at Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra. Starting her career in the early nineties as an Exhibition Officer cum Designer in Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, she practiced for eight years in the field and then joined academia. 

She is a dedicated teacher and keen researcher for last Eighteen years. She was recognised as ‘Inspired Teacher’ by Hon’ble President of India and stayed Scholar-in-Residence at Rashtrapati Bhavan in 2016.

Rachna is a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship and was affiliated with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA during her PhD. Her research interests in the field of ‘Universal Design’ and ‘Designing for Special Needs’ have earned her grants and awards nationally and internationally. Apart from the Fulbright award, she is recipient of IMFAR-2009, Professionals from Developing Country Award, Chicago; Friends of Fulbright India Grant-2008, Lewisburg; Universal Design Award for Working professional-2011 by NEPEDP-MPhasiS, India and R&D projects from All India Council of Technical Education and University Grants Commission in India. She works closely with the United Nations and consults internationally on disability issues and public access.

She has lectured extensively on Inclusive Design all over the world and has many papers in various National and International journals and conferences to her credit. Her papers appeared in the publications like Taylor and Francis, Sage, HFES, EDRA, RESNA and Archnet MIT. Her book ‘Designing Inclusive Educational Spaces for Autism’ published by the Institute of Human Centered Design, Boston, USA was released in 2010 at ‘Build Boston’, the book received ‘Certificate of Merit’ in ArchiDesign Award-2010. She has also edited special issues of internationally refereed journals called ‘SPANDREL’ on ‘Social sustenance’ in 2012 and ‘ABACUS’ on ‘Architecture for All’ in 2007. Some major events organised by her are ‘Universal Design Workshop’ and National Student Design Competition (NSDC-211) on ‘Universal Design/Design for All’-2011 in collaboration with the National Institute of Orthropaedically Handicapped, Kolkata and NSDC-2012 on ‘Universal Design for Exploring World Heritage Sites in India’ in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India and UNESCO. She serves as reviewer in many publications like EDRA, HFES, The Design Journal, and was also a jury member of Berkeley Prize Essay Competition-2013, endorsed by UC Berkeley, USA. Here is her detailed CV


Mr. Subhash Chandra Vashishth, 

Co Founder and Director

Subhash Chandra Vashishth, Director
An Accessibility, Universal Design & Diversity Inclusion Specialist; Lawyer & a Development Professional based in India, Mr. Vashishth is passionately engaged in advocacy for human rights particularly, inclusion of women, seniors and persons with disabilities in the mainstream through policy reforms, formulation of standards on accessibility, Accessibility assessment of built environment and services, legal intervention for disability justice & promoting physical accessibility in public infrastructure, ICT & transportation systems.

He is a Certified Accessibility Professional with 'CPABE Level 3' international certification from International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP), the first in India to achieve this highest credential.  He is an Expert Member (Accessibility) of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Committee on National Building Code of India 2016 and has extensively contributed to accessibility provisions in the recently revised building code. He was also on the Core Committee of Ministry of Urban Development, Govt of India for drafting “Harmonised Guidelines and Space Standards for Barrier-free Built Environment for Persons with Disabilities and Elderly Persons” which stands notified under Section 15 of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rules 2017 as the standard for built environment. 

He is also a member on two other important BIS Sectional Committees namely Smart Cities (CED 59) and Active Assisted Living (LITD 35) focusing on accessibility of Information and Communication Technologies. He is also on the Committee of Experts constituted by University Grants Commission, Ministry of Education, Govt. of India for preparing Guidelines on Accessibility, Pedagogy and Curricula for Students with Disabilities in Institutions of Higher Learning. He has been nominated as a Subject Matter Expert by the Office of the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities to advise and review Harmonized Guidelines on Accessibility being formulated by different ministries and departments to implement the RPWD Act 2016.

Mr. Vashishth is also on the Jury Panel of "We Care Film Festival " — an organisation which has been showcasing short films to raise awareness on disability issues, from around the world for over fifteen years.  He has been an Expert member on the Advisory Committee constituted under Section 79(7) of The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 to assist the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Delhi. 

Mr. Vashishth is empanelled with Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India as an Access Audit Trainer under Accessible India Campaign and is one of the six empaneled access audit trainers in India. He has also been a visiting faculty at the National CPWD Academy, India for training of newly inducted officers (engineers and architects) and for promotional training of officers of Central Pubic Works Department, India. He has conducted Lectures, Electives, Winter/Summer Courses and Studios for students of School of Planning Architecture Delhi, Bhopal and CEPT University. 

Besides a professional degree in Law, Mr. Vashishth holds a Masters Degrees in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management, Economics, Social Work & a PG Diploma in Developmental Therapy (Cerebral Palsy & Other Neurologically Disabling Conditions). He has also completed a course on "Universal Design & Accessibility Planning : an interdisciplinary approach to inclusive environments" from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. For more details visit


Amor Kool
Co Founder and Director

Amor Kool, Director
Mr. Kool is a consulting Architect and Sustainability Expert. He is converging the philosophy of sustainability with that of accessibility and universal design in his architectural practice. He has been involved with several research projects ranging from View Shed Analysis through Global Information System (GIS), to Global Collaboration Process through 4D modeling. 

Author of an academic book titled “A Leadership Guide for the construction professional” he is also a Member of BIS Technical Committee for Construction Management (including Life Safety in Construction), India, a Panel Member for Part 8 Section 1 Lighting and Ventilation; Part 4 Fire and Safety  & also on Panel on Part 11 Approach to Sustainability in National Building Code of India. 

He has conducted training sessions on Sustainability in Built Environment at National CPWD Academy for the Architects and Engineers of CPWD and has conducted numerous workshops, webinars and trainings sessions on the subject. 

He is an Accredited Professional for LEED and IGBC. He has a Bachelors Degree in Architecture from School of Architecture, IPSA, Indore, M.P, India and a Master’s Degree in Construction Management from University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.   He has also completed a course on "Universal Design & Accessibility Planning : an interdisciplinary approach to inclusive environments" from IIT Roorkee, India.