In simple words, accessibility means capable of being reached, obtainable and easy to approach. In other words “Creatinga Barrier Free Environment”. According to our ‘The rights of People with Disability Act’ provisions are to be made to create a barrier free environment for all persons with disability to encourage them to be fully participating members of the society.A person with disability has an equal right to access. Access leads to Inclusion.
Accessibility is a matter of right. Many disability organisations are actively taking up this specific cause. Accessibility audits of public places are being done by them to ensure equal participation of the person with disability in the mainstream society.
Accessible India Campaign
Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) has launched Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) as a nation-wide Campaign for achieving universal accessibility for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).
This campaign has Three Components:
1) Built Environment Accessibility
An accessible physical environment benefits everyone, not just persons with disabilities. Measures should be undertaken to eliminate obstacles and barriers to indoor and outdoor facilities including schools, medical facilities, and workplaces. These would include not only buildings, but also footpaths, curb cuts, and obstacles that block the flow of pedestrian traffic.
2) Transportation System Accessibility
Transportation is a vital component for independent living and be in the mainstream of society. PWDs rely on transportation facilities to move from one place to another. Transportation covers a number of areas including air travel, road travel, buses, taxis, and trains.
3) Information & Communication Eco System Accessibility
Access to information creates opportunities for everyone in society. Access to information refers to all information. People use information in many forms to make decisions about their daily lives from reading price tags, to physically enter a hall, to participate in an event, to read a pamphlet with healthcare information, to understand a train timetable, or to view webpages. No longer should societal barriers of infrastructure, and inaccessible formats stand in the way of obtaining and utilizing information in daily life. (Source-http://accessibleindia.gov.in)
3) Assistive Technology(AT)
plays a major role in Accessibility.AT is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. Due to assistive technology, people with disabilities have an opportunity of a more positive and easy going lifestyle, with an increase in social participation, security and control.
3) Organisations working in the field of Accessibility
There are some pioneer organisations who are working towards making the physical environment -accessible where as some organisations shrive hard to bring in changes in the information & communication formats to make them accessible. These organisations conduct access audits to the built environment as well as official documents etc. to ensure that they are accessible.
1 - Barrier Breakfounded byMs.ShilpiKapooris one such organization in Mumbai which specializes in accessibility consulting and assistive technology to empower people with disabilities. They conduct accessibility testing, prepare accessible documents, accessible media&impart accessibility training. And to meet this purpose, Barrier Break makes available aids and devices that can assist a person with low vision or a person who is blind or for a person with mobility or learning impairment in schools, colleges, home and workplace.
Office No. 102, Highway Commercial Complex,IB Patel Road, Opposite Laghu Udyog Industrial Estate,
Goregaon (E), Mumbai - 400063
Tel:.022- 2686 0485-87, 022- 2686 0489-90
2 - Karishma Enterprises headed by Mr. Ram Agarwalwho has been instrumental in educating the Indian blind community of the benefits of assistive technology devices and inculcates a new found confidence among them that they can also learn and earn.
30, Maker Arcade, Ground Floor, Near World Trade Centre, Cuff Parade, Mumbai – 400005.
Tel:.022-22181853, 22153291. Mobile & WhatsApp: 09321539290
3 - NuK Healthcare founded by Mr.Nitin Katreprovidesa wide range of Manual and Electronic Wheelchairs, Orthotics products and wide variety of rehab products.
Shop No. 12, Sonal Apartments, Bldg No 2, Sonawala Cross Road no 1, Opp. SBI, Goregaon(East),
Tel:.09869440470 / 09820207899
4 - Ferro Equipheaded by Mr.Ferdinand Rodricks specializes in Vehicle Adaptations for CP/ Orthopedically Handicapped. Ferro Equipdoes modification of hundreds of vehicles, and devices a year for people with various disabilities from installing hand controls, wheelchair accessible vehicles, rotary seats, patient hoists, swimming pool hoists, toilet accessories, auxiliary accelerators, customizing wheelchairs, seats for cerebral palsy children etc.
"MangalMurti" Bunglow, 195/4 & 6, 1st lane after St. Anthony's Church, (Malwani),
Lane oppJari Mari Mandir, off Marve Road, Malad (W),
Tel:.022-28889574, 9820120556, 9769042026
For Accessible Commute /Travel & Holidays
Access 4 All.Arvind Prabhoo, PrabhooGhar, 26, Hanuman Cross Road no: 2, Vile Parle (E), Mumbai : 400057
“Ezymov” India's first wheelchair taxi Service and Ambulance service in Mumbai for Disabled people.GangaVihar CHS. Office No.3, Trimurti Lane, SionChunabhatti, Mumbai- 400022.Tel: 022 6900 0880
“Meru Enable” Wheel chair accessible taxi service for special needs.
F - 17, 4th Floor, B wing, Pinnacle Business Park, Shanti Nagar, Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri (East), Mumbai 400093.Tel:44224422, 22 40520100
Mobicabis a wheelchair accessible cab service based in Mumbai. Tel:099200 98900.
Samartha Travels- Prasad Phanasgaokarfor Car Rentals, Wheelchair Accessible Vans for City & Outstation tours.
E-1803 Anmol Complex, Off S.V. Rd ,opp Patel Petrolpump,Goregaon(W) Mumbai-400062. Tel:09821501718
Uber Acess & Uber Assist -
Enable Travel by Cox & King –Holiday Packages for Disabled
Turner Morrison Building, 16 Bank Street, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
Tel:1800 266 8002
Planet Abled by Neha Arora -
They provide Accessible Travel Solutions and Leisure Excursions for people with different disabilities. They also provide Shopping Assistant/Buddy.
407 VikasKunj, VikasPuri, Delhi, 110018 Tel:099100 42281
Umoja Travels Pvt. Ltd. offers Disable Friendly Holidays &Accessible Holiday Destinations.
83, Worli Seaface, Outhouse Building, Mumbai-400030. Tel:022-33756005