Access Audits – Promoting Universal Design

“Accessibility is everyone’s responsibility and benefits us all. We all have a key role to play in breaking down unnecessary barriers and exclusions in a manner that benefits all including people with physical, sensory, psychosocial and intellectual disabilities.”

Accessibility is a fundamental human right and fundamental for people with disabilities. It is a precondition to ensuring the inclusion and participation of women, men, girls and boys with disabilities in society on an equal basis with others. It is also an essential condition to realising humanitarian and development frameworks including the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and the New Urban Agenda under the core commitment and clear mandate of leaving no one behind.

CBM has been promoting universal accessibility as a cross-cutting principle through its programs and advocacy with concerned stakeholders and has also taken initiatives to increase knowledge and ‘savoir-faire’ of a pool of accessibility champions on accessibility standards and universal design principles. We are one among the 18 organizations and institutions enlisted as ‘Access Auditors under Accessible India Campaign’ through a notification issued on the website of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.

Further, we have been appointed by state government of Tamil Nadu to conduct access audits across several government buildings across 17 districts. Also central government appointed CBM to conduct access audits in several public and government buildings in Meghalaya and Madhya Pradesh. In addition to this, Hyderabad Public Works Department, Mercedes – Benz Research and Development India Pvt. Ltd and Rural Electrification Corporation Ltd. have also associated with us for access audits of their various offices. We have successfully audited more than 100 buildings to date.

Click here to view the complete list of buildings where access audit was conducted by CBM.