Inclusive Planet is very happy to collaborate with ‘Beyond Profit‘, a magazine that covers people and ideas from the social enterprise sector. In their first guest contribution to our blog, they draw attention to three organizations that have moved away from a victim-centric view of disability by productively employing persons with disabilities. Hats off to the tireless efforts of the Diya Foundation, Blind with Camera and Enable India.
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A Treasure Trove of Books
– a teacher’s heart-felt contribution to Bookbole
Deprived of eyesight,
Milton didn’t falter.
He reached his height
With Paradise Lost,
And Paradise Regained, later.
Books galore await your pleasure,
A feast for the inner eye.
Dive for the bountiful treasure,
Savour the thrill to the full,
Till you reach as high as the Sky.
For you we have ‘bookbole’,
Technology at your doorstep.
Everything is easily available.
Flex your intellectual muscles,
Till you plumb your own depth.
– Leela Jacob*
*Leela Jacob is an English Teacher at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Baroda with a passion for poetry.
The Importance of Accessibility
“Access” is the most important aspect in the life of a differently- abled person. Most of what others take for granted, like watching a movie in a theatre, trying out a new restaurant, shopping in the new mall or going off for the weekend, are things that a differently- abled person in India cannot do. To quote journalist Jinny Macgrath “For many travellers, it’s not just a swimming pool or pillow menu that swings their hotel choice – facilities such as a wheel-in shower or a stair-free restaurant are crucial for disabled and elderly travellers.”
Countries across the world have recognized the importance of accessibility and have made public areas and amenities accessible to the differently-abled. As India is fast becoming an important tourist destination for people from across the world, the need for international standards of accessibility can hardly be over emphasized.
With the Commonwealth Games around the corner, the Tourism Ministry has revised the guidelines for standards of service and facilities in all star rated hotels. It has mandated that all star rated hotels are to be disabled friendly by October 2010.
Each star rated hotel is to have at least one room with an attached bathroom designated for differently- abled guests, which would have specific facilities including wide doors for wheelchair access; low height furniture; low peep holes; cupboards with sliding doors with low hangers; audible and visible blinking light alarm; and bathrooms with wide sliding doors and low wash basin and toilet and grab bars.
Each hotel must have provisions for wheelchairs and wheelchair ramps and anti slip floors at the entrance.
All public areas in hotels with higher star rating must be accessible and at least one restaurant must be accessible to the differently-abled. Also, a specific parking spot must be earmarked for differently- abled guests.
India’s high standards in hospitality, and the excellence of its star hotels, are known across the world. A commitment to the differently-abled, and to accessibility will enhance its reputation as a humane and conscious holiday destination.
Guest Blogger for Inclusive Planet
*Priyanka is a corporate lawyer working with a leading law firm, and was our first guest blogger!
How disabled-friendly are the public places we frequent? How easily can any of us, suffering from a physical disability, order a beer in a local bar or hang out in a shopping mall or catch Quick Gun Murugun (mind it!) at the theatre next door? Inclusive Planet is on the look-out for some discreet undercover agents to give us the answers. If you’d like to be a Disability Undercover Reviewer in your city get in touch with us at email@example.com !
For a while now the bunch at Inclusive Planet have been pining for help on building our blog. This was because we didn’t want the blog to be another ‘what’s happening in disability’ blog. We wanted to create something richer – content and media that looked at disability differently, entertaining while educating AND did all this by involving the community and those associated with it.
That’s where Ameya Kilara comes in. An alumnus of the National Law School in Bangalore, Ameya has put together a neat plan to help us realise our blog dreams. Over the next few weeks she’ll give that plan shape. Expect some super interesting stuff to come your way on this blog. Spread the word shamelessly – but only if you find it fun.
Thank you Ameya – and welcome on board!