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CBM Trains Specialists on Accessibility Audits

Trainers who led the session on conducting accessibility audits
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Staffs from CBM at the training for specialists on conducting accessibility audits

CBM, upon the invitation from the Government of Meghalaya, provided some of the architects and civil engineers from the state with training on conducting accessibility audits

Impressed with the Accessibility Audit that CBM India conducted for 24 government buildings in Shillong, the Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Meghalaya, invited CBM to build the capacities of architects and civil engineers of the state in conducting accessibility audits. 

In 2015, the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities of Government of India launched a nationwide Accessible India campaign. The campaign, in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, aimed at creating barrier free societies for persons with disabilities all across the country, particularly by making government infrastructures accessible to persons with disabilities. 

Considering how CBM has been promoting universal accessibility through all its programmes and advocacies, the government empanelled CBM India as Access Auditors to assess 24 government buildings in Shillong. CBM, however, went one step ahead as it conducted the audits. It identified and collaborated with the local Architect and Civil Engineering College and organized trainings on universal design, accessibility standards and access audits for members of Disabled Persons’ Organizations, partners, students, government architects and engineers, and Disabled Welfare functionaries. Some of the trainees were also invited to conduct the accessibility audits along with CBM for hands-on learning. Based on the successful completion of the access audits and the submitted report, the central government allocated funds for the renovation of the 24 buildings so as to make them accessible for persons with disabilities. 

Moreover, CBM was invited by the government of Meghalaya to train 45 more architects and civil engineers to conduct accessibility assessments. The trained officials are to conduct the accessibility assessments of 51 other government buildings in the state by the mid of 2018. CBM is proud to have joined hands with the Central Government and the Government of Meghalaya in conducting the audits and training the officials. Making the infrastructures accessible to both people with and without disabilities is a significant step towards creating inclusive societies.
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