Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India, initiated a nation-wide “Accessible India Campaign” (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan)in 2015 for achieving universal accessibility for people with disabilities. One major objective of the campaign is to create more accessible Government buildings.

CBM has been promoting universal accessibility as a cross-cutting principle through its programmes and also advocacy with concerned stakeholders. We have also been working on creating a pool of trained access auditors in the country.

In 2016, CBM India was appointed to conduct access audits of 24 government buildings in Shillong. We adopted a twin track approach that combined capacity building of the stakeholders from among the persons with disabilities, the NGOs, Architecture and Civil Engineers and the Government functionaries in Shillong by organising a two-day training on access audit and also involving them in conducting access audits of the buildings.
Recognizing the expertise of CBM India, the Office of Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Government of Meghalaya invited CBM to facilitate a two-day workshop on Universal design and Access audit for the Civil engineers. The training was conducted on 12th and 13th March, 2019 at Bethany Society, Shillong. More than 50 Civil engineers from 13 government departments and DPO members participated in the workshop.
To get hands on experience the participants were facilitated to conduct access audits of school, hostel, office and playground by using the checklist. The participants developed a draft audit report along with recommendation.
This workshop helped in creating the required capacity within the state of Meghalaya to conduct access audits and to include the accessibility standards in the future constructional plan.