In conversation with Ms. Shivani Gupta, Founder of Access Ability

Shivani Gupta author of ‘No Looking Back – a true story’ is the founder of AccessAbility, and one of India’s best-known access consultants. With post graduate degrees in inclusive...

Shivani Gupta author of ‘No Looking Back – a true story’ is the founder of AccessAbility, and one of India’s best-known access consultants. With post graduate degrees in inclusive environments (design and management) from the UK, and diplomas in architecture technology and hotel management, Shivani has spent most of her professional life in working towards improving accessibility of public spaces such as educational institutions, hotels and retail and other commercial spaces in India. She has undertaken research on issues related to accessibility in India and contributed to policies for disabled persons in the country.

Apart from her work at the country level, Shivani has worked on international projects as a consultant with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Disability Alliance (IDA), Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI) and the Christian Blind Mission (CBM).  She has also co-authored three publications pertaining to improving accessibility in physical environments for disabled people.

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For her achievements in the disability sector, and her personal courage, Shivani has received national and international acclaim. She has been honoured with the Helen Keller Award (2008), the CavinKare Ability Mastery Award (2008), the National Role Model Award (2004), the Neerja Bhanot Award (2004), the Red and White Social Bravery Award (1999), and the Sulabh International Woman of the Year Award (1996).

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 Shivani believes that there is nothing more disabling for persons with disabilities than society’s failure to accept and include them as part of the mainstream.

More here: http://accessability.co.in/access/

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