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Shivani Gupta is a well known name. But this is not just a name. This is epitome of Determination, Courage and Strong will power. Life has tested her in many ways but each time she came out victorious. She is a Quadriplegic but sitting on her wheelchair she runs a firm called AcessAbility. This firm...
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A terrible accident changed everything, but it also led to Shivani Gupta’s Indomitable Accessibility Seated in her motorized wheelchair at the round dining table in her small home-office, Shivani Gupta is using her laptop to chat over Skype with a distant client. There are several books in the room and one of them bears her...
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Four achievers were felicitated at the CavinKare Ability Awards It need not be a star-studded affair to make an event a success. The recent CavinKare ability awards at Pragati Maidan proved it. It was an evening to salute and acknowledge the exemplary service of disabled persons. Four awards were given away to felicitate disabled persons...
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Changemaker Series is our blog series which will capture stories in the format of Q&A to introduce our thought leaders and changemakers to the wider society. These stories capture essence of inclusivity, accessibility & change especially focusing on persons with disability. We got talking with Shivani Gupta, Founder, AccessAbility and this is what she has...
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Shivani Gupta (New Delhi) A familiar figure in disability activism circles, Shivani has allowed neither her quadriplegia nor society’s stereotyped attitudes to prevent her from seeking her rights as an individual. With a Master’s in access designing from the United Kingdom, she lives independently and pursues her dream of an India sans physical barriers. She is...
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Meet Shivani Gupta, an accessibility consultant who is trying to make the country’s infrastructure accessible for the differently-abled. Shivani Gupta’s friend was excited — she’d bought her first car. But an uphill task awaited her — getting a driver’s licence. Differently-abled, she had no choice but to take the stairs in one of Chennai’s RTOs...
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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...
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CHENNAI: A bubbly and charming woman in her mid-40s, Shivani Gupta is easy to like. After talking to her for over an hour, it’s impossible to not be impressed by her focus and zeal in trying to make accessibility and inclusion a part of social infrastructure. The author of No Looking Back – A True...
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Shivani Gupta was a young and independent girl from Delhi. Having spent most of her life studying in different parts of the country and living by herself, she was one of those buoyant and self-assured individuals with a solid plan and all the commitment needed to see it through. And sure enough, good things were...
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What Happens when your Life is turned upside down in the blink of an eye ? In 1992, twenty – two year old Shivani Gupta, poised to go abroad for her further studies, threw a farewell party. Once the party was over, she headed off in a car. There was an accident, and Shivani ended...
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On 18th December 2014, the CBM accessibility Audit team visited PIRS to conduct assessment of the institution on the level of practicing and promoting inclusion and comprehensive accessibility. The objective was to conduct an audit for accessibility and inclusiveness to facilitate support /capacity development. The 10 member team was lead by CMB Accessibility consultant Ms....
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At the precarious age of 78, Omkar Nath, fondly known as Medicine Baba, travels the National Capital to collect unused medicines for the needy. A double tragedy shook Shivani’s life, but she refused to succumb to the losses and expressed herself through her book.
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The general post-office (GPO) in Lucknow is as good a place as any to understand how people in authority treat people with disabilities (PwDs). At 11 am, counter No 4, for senior citizens, women and the handicapped, had a rather long queue, though most of the 70-odd counters had far less business. Yet, at one...
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No looking Back is the tale of Shivani Gupta’s life, how two accidents changed and motivated her to do something for the differently abled. The author spoke to Trisha Mukherjee Stories of people who have risen beyond and overcome all odds have always been a source of inspiration. Such stories motivate and inspire when we feel low...
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Shivani Gupta’s book “No Looking Back” is more than a memoir of disability In representations of disability, it is not uncommon to find references to the pre-disability past. G. Thomas Couser, a disability scholar, referred to it as the ‘rhetoric of nostalgia’. “Such rhetoric tends to reinforce the divide between ability and disability, representing disability...
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Author Shivani Gupta has degrees in hotel management, architecture and inclusive environments. What she also has is an uncrushable spirit and sheer willpower. In her book No Looking Back, she writes about the two accidents that caused unexpected changes in her life, and how she overcame those times to stand up for the disabled community all...
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No Looking Back – A True Story, written by Shivani Gupta and published by Rupa Publications, an inspiring narrative about surviving the challenges of disability in a country that believes disability equals invisibility from the public discourse. In this excerpt Gupta recalls the time she started counselling women with spinal injuries and how as they...
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Students and staff with disabilities studying or working in the University of Hyderabad will get some facilities, to make their campus life a bit more easier. As per a new plan, 18 lifts will be installed in the 15 buildings, including academic, library and administration on the sprawling campus in Gachibowli area of Hyderabad. Each...
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Shivani Gupta champions the neglected aspect of infrastructure access for the disabled. Madhu Gurung I WALK up the ramp and ring the bell and am welcomed by Ubbu’s barking. Her mistress, Shivani Gupta, watches indulgently from her wheelchair. “I hope you are not afraid of dogs, Ubbu wants to know everyone who comes.” Shivani’s home...
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A lot of things happened to Shivani Gupta in 2004. Even as she patted herself for the diploma in Architecture Technology from Rai University, she got news of an education scholarship from Tata, Sminu Jindal Trust and Snowdon (U.K.). She would enrol for a two-year MSc course in Inclusive Environment at University of Reading, U.K....
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I t’s freezing at Khardungla Top, at 18, 340 ft above sea level. Here, on the highest motorable road in the world, sits Shivani Gupta, one of the three friends who set up ‘Journeys without Barriers’ (JwB), an accessible tourism venture. If Shivani, in her wheel-chair, made it to this beautiful place in Ladakh, then...
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With the goal of destroying the charitable mindset towards the disabled, AccessAbility works towards making environments and establishments more disabled-friendly. Nikhilesh Sinha catches up with AccessAbility…
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  If I Were the Prime Minister Posted by Shivani Gupta on Sunday, April 26, 2009
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AccessAbility was recently featured on ‘Young Turks’ a business series on CNBC-TV18 that ‘focuses on today’s young achievers who are poised to become tomorrow’s leaders’.
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AccessAbility, a social enterprise recently decided to conduct a survey on Accessible Tourism for disable people, in association with Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH). The new survey will figure out the spending capacity of disabled people during their travel and based on the survey the facilities required for them while travelling in buses...
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On Tuesday, the eve of World Disability Day, the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCEPDP) commended the work of individuals and organisations to enhance employment and empowerment of people with disabilities. The 10th edition of the NCEPDP – Shell Helen Keller Award was given away on Tuesday to 12 recipients in...
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When Shivani Gupta wants to lecture at a school of architecture about the importance of designing buildings accessible to everyone, she often can’t. That’s because Gupta, an architect who specializes in issues of access, also uses a wheelchair herself. And hardly any architecture school has been built with accessbility in mind. Even as the movement...
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After a car accident confined Shivani Gupta to a wheelchair 15 years ago, her job prospects dimmed. “There was this feeling of inhibition going for these walk-in interviews,” recalls the hotel management graduate. Rejected for a job as a hotel telephone operator, Gupta went on to study “inclusive environment” at the University of Reading in...
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