Accessible homes: beyond public spaces is a human right

Accessible housing is not a matter commonly raised and discussed by persons with disabilities, their families, disabled peoples organisations and definitely not by the government in India. However, the existing situation of housing for most of us persons with disabilities is not the best. A handful of us live in homes where we can undertake…

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Accessible homes: an unaddressed need

                The new normal, working from home is here to stay as the IT giants and smaller companies ask their staff to continue working from home as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic and to cut on costs of hiring expensive office space. The question is how…

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Creating more accessible and inclusive urban communities

“An inclusive and accessible city is a place where everyone, regardless of their economic means, gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual identity, migration status or religion, is enabled and empowered to fully participate in the social, economic, cultural and political opportunities that cities have to offer”.  (World Bank, 2015) Till date, there is enough evidence and…

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The process: New Urban Agenda and engagement of persons with disabilities

Fulfilment of the sustainable development goal 11 of making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. cannot be achieved until the cities are suitable for all users including persons with disabilities. By 2050, more than two-thirds of the world will live in urban areas, making urbanization one of the twenty-first century’s most transformative…

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Status of implementation of the CRPD in India

The article is presented as an introduction to CRPD Alternate Report for India (download) drafted by the ‘ the  ‘National Coalition towards the CRPD parallel report’ Co-led by AccessAbility, Puttaparthi; EQUALS Centre for Promotion of Social Justice, Chennai and. Bapu Trust for Research on Mind and Discourse, Pune. This article has been written by Shivani Gupta,…

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My wheelchair is not my identity

I became disabled when I was 22 years old in a car accident. There was a very marked change in people’s behaviour towards me, and one of the first things that struck me was the charitable attitude of the “non-disabled” people towards persons with disabilities. I can recall clearly one incident that occurred not long after…

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Support services for persons with disabilities in low and middle income countries

Having adequate and appropriate support in the community is important for neutralising isolation faced by persons with disabilities and giving them control over their lives. It is a core requirement for the realisation of article 19 of the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD). The CRPD proposes a shift from a medical…

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Chiang Mai, Thailand in a wheelchair

I can describe Chiang Mai as a land of steep ramps. With steep ramps one may think that ravelling on a motorised wheelchair would be ideal, but mind you that public transport (tuk-tuk and songthaew) is not accessible and one needs to use regular saloon taxis to get around where carrying a motorised wheelchair may…

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