Introduction


Imagine a world where disabled and non-disabled people have equal life opportunities; access to mainstream education, employment and career development opportunities, a world where disabled people are able to freely access buildings, transport and other services.  This is what we aim for.

India has a rich cultural and religious heritage.  It is the world’s fourth largest economy, and with a population of over one billion, is the largest democracy in the world (World Bank, 2010).  India is growing in many aspects, fast becoming a global player with great potential to develop and influence other countries.

There are many changes taking place in relation to Disability Equality in India and around the world; anti-discriminative legislations, ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled people (UNCRPD), CSR initiatives, Disability Equality Practices and many more.

However, whilst India is making rapid progress in addressing disability equality, over 50% of disabled people remain illiterate compared to 35% of the general population (Government of India, 2001).  The deep inequalities experienced by disabled people are further exacerbated when combined with existing axes of social difference, such as gender and social status.  This shows the greater need for change in attitudes towards, and awareness of disability equality and accessibility.  We believe it is you who can initiate this change which will last a lifetime and beyond, that will see our children, grandchildren and generations to come grow up in a country that respects equality and provides opportunities for all.

IndiaCSR and Choice International (UK) are bringing together national and international resources to provide an environment for innovation and creativity, through which we aim to initiate change in Disability Equality and Accessibility in India.  This jointly organised conference aims to recognise the achievements in Disability Equality in India, whilst analysing the challenges we now face.

As the Father of our great nation Mahatma Gandhi Jee once said,

“Be the change you want to see in the world”

So join us at ‘Freedom of choice’- an International Conference on Disability Equality and Accessibility in India, and make a lasting difference!

IndiaCSR is the largest leading Indian business network for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), as well as being India’s largest CSR news Portal.  IndiaCSR is dedicated to making significant contributions in this sector by adding new dimensions and perspectives to the domain of CSR and Sustainability.

Choice International is a UK based, non-profit, international development organisation promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the UK and overseas focussing specifically on promoting leadership development of disabled people.  The current focus on India is via the LEAD-India programme.

This conference Aims to:

  • Explore Disability Equality within Indian businesses and services to gain an understanding of disability equality relating to accessibility, perception of disability and disability legislation in India.
  • Explore the importance of barrier-free design and infrastructure.
  • Equip participants to become ambassadors and promoters of Disability Equality
  • Create an opportunity for participants to meet and network, share skills, knowledge and experience in Disability Equality and promote the concept of a barrier-free environment in their respective fields.

Help to incorporate effective Disability Equality practices and barrier free design in all infrastructures developed within corporate, public and voluntary sectors.

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Speakers

  • Shachi heads the Diversity & Inclusion practice at Infosys. She is responsible for strategizing, planning & implementing the D&I initiatives across the organization. She leads Infosys participation in D&I forums & its engagement in research & sharing of next practices on D&I. Over the years, she has successfully executed diverse roles including Sales, Marketing, Customer [...]

  • GovindaRao

    Dr.L.Govinda Rao is a nationally respected development management practitioner, teacher and consultant, promoter of family support system, Disabled Persons’ Organizations and community based rehabilitation. Dr. Rao was Director of National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped, Government of India, Secunderabad, from November 2000 till April 2007 and Deputy Director, from June 1991 till November 2000.  He [...]

  • Sebi

    SebiChacko is one of the leading professionals in the space of Diversity and Inclusion and change management in Asia. He leads and  represents the leading industry bodies in India ( Confederation of Indian Industry and NASSCOM) in its efforts at Diversity. He is the Convenor of the Disability Forum and Co Convenor of the Diversity [...]

  • Meera_313px

    Currently, Meera  Shenoy  is a part of Mr.Ramadorais team in his capacity as Advisor to the Prime Minister on skilling . She is also Senior Advisor ,UNDP for Skilling and employment. Meera Shenoy  was Founder-CEO of Youth4Jobs which focuses on helping companies hire an inclusive workforce. This includes market linked skilling and placing in organized [...]

  • Anita Prabhu pic_313_new

    Dr.Anita Prabhu has been working as a pediatric occupational therapist since 1998.  She is the Founder of “Play matters!” pediatric therapy services for children with childhood – onset disabilities in Bangalore. She was Director Services at ADAPT (formerly The Spastics Society of India) & Chairperson of ADAPT Rights Group till early 2012. She has been [...]

  • Satish.JPG

    Satish Dommeti is our Vice President, Head of Internal Applications at Capgemini India. His positive attitude, passion for work and people coupled with discipline resulted in his successful career. He is a role model for many persons across teams and organizations he was associated with. He is on the core committee of Capgemini’s inclusion initiative [...]

  • RichardLobo_422px

    Richard Lobo is an Associate Vice President, Human Resources, at Infosys in India. He leads the practice areas of employee relations, internal communication, Diversity & Inclusivity and business HR. Richard holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a postgraduate diploma in management.

  • big1

    Debra A. Perry works at the ILO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland as the Senior Specialist in Disability Inclusion. Her role is to facilitate the mainstreaming of the disability perspective within the ILO’s Employment Sector activities and beyond—both at headquarters and in the field. She has been the driving force in the development, along with the [...]

  • javeed

    Chairperson of Disabled People’s International and Honorary Director of National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP). With his election as the World Chair of Disabled People’s International (DPI) in October, 2011, Abidi is now focused on the global disability movement. He strongly believes that the voice of disability should always first focus [...]

  • meenu

    Dr. Meenu Bhambhani is the Associate Vice-President and Head – Global Corporate Social Responsibility at MphasiS, Bangalore. Her background in development/disability sector is multifaceted:  she is a person with disability herself, a professional in the area of disability and human development with fifteen years of experience, specialised in disability studies and social policy, a researcher [...]

  • mm

    Manoj has both academic and professional experience in equality and international development. He has a Masters degree in Human Resource Management and is a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). He is also a member of the Institute of Equality and Diversity practitioners (IEDP) and of ‘Breaking Through– Towards Strategies for [...]

  • big5

    Nadine O. Vogel is Founder and President of Springboard Consulting LLC. Springboard collaborates with multinational corporations, Federal governments and national agencies around the world on initiatives to successfully mainstream disability in the global workforce, workplace and marketplace. Springboard also produces the Disability Matters Awards Banquet and Conference which takes place on multiple continents and honors [...]

  • varadharaj

    “Varadharaj (Vardha as he is called) is a graduate from BITS Pilani who has spent more than a decade in recruiting at Infosys. During his tenure here, he has managed lateral hiring, campus hiring and talent branding, leadership hiring, internal mobility programs, and has also headed our hiring programs in the US. He is also [...]

  • big7

    Ms. Tatjana Mauthofer is working for 4th Wheel, a social enterprise that offers services in consulting, research and advocacy of Corporate Social Responsibility. Holding a scholarship of GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research she is currently working on a publication about best practice examples of CSR in industry belts [...]

  • jaspal

    Director of Choice International and CEO of UKDPC (United Kingdom Disabled People Council UK) Jaspal Dhani is an established equality and diversity trainer in the UK and has delivered on inclusion and empowerment courses in India. He has worked in the disability field for 15 years, both at grass-roots level and senior management level in [...]

  • isacgeorge

    Isaac George is HR Head for Wipro Infotech and for the Global Infrastructure Services Business. He leads “Persons with Disabilities” for Wipro and is a trustee for Wipro Cares. He is based out of Bangalore, India. His responsibilities include recruitment and staffing, training and people initiatives for his employees. annice.joseph@wipro.com

  • ujvalk

    Prof.Ujjwal K. Chowdhury, a front-ranking media educator of India, was earlier the Dean of Symbiosis International University for seven years, and now the Dean of Whistling Woods International School of Media & Communication, in Mumbai, chaired by the leading Bollywood film-maker and producer Subhash Ghai. Prof Chowdhury is also the Consulting Director of ACORE Group, [...]

  • neenu

    Meeting people and networking are her oxygen to life. The aggressiveness in her, stems from her parents who were determined to get her educated against all odds, faced right thru her childhood, schooling and then graduation. The typical Libran trait in her always had love for fashion jewellery and artefacts, where she tried her hand [...]

  • sunita

    Sunita Sancheti is a committed core member of ADAPT Rights Group , NINA Foundation and VMRCD. She is active participant in all the activities associated with empowering and improving the quality of life of people with spinal injury. A spinal injury has been no impediment to her tireless work in the field of access since [...]

  • joseph

    Founder – Director: Fourth Wave Foundation: C C Joseph As Director FWF, Joseph seeks to integrate the need for developing a holistic approach to solving social issues by transforming them into innovation challenges. His exploration on working with young leaders from across the globe led him into a carrier as Leadership Expert and Performance Coach [...]

  • anjalee1

    Anjlee Agarwal is Co-founder and Executive Director of Samarthyam (www.samarthyam.org), a national civil society and research organization, involved in disseminating Universal Accessibility awareness through a novel model which primarily focuses on enabling inclusion of persons with disabilities to access education, tourism, transportation and environment, devoid of any hindrance. Since 1998, she has been promoting Inclusive [...]

  • big8

    Dr. Sunder is one of the few medical practitioners of the rare specialty of Physical medicine and rehabilitation in India today. He holds an MD Degree in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation awarded by the Tamilnadu DR.MGR Medical University. He is trained in Ergonomic Principles for Workplace assessment and Design at Lansing, sponsored by the University [...]

  • mal

    Malini Chib holds two masters degress, one in women’s studies and the second one in information Management. She is the Co-chairperson of Adapt Rights group which fights for the Rights of people with disabilities. Malini is the senior Events Manager of Oxford Bookshop in Mumbai. Her book One Little Finger has recently published by Sage

  • ra

    General Secretary of Ektha, a disability movement having evolved a century ago which has successfully reached the human rights model; it was shocking to know that people with neurological impairment are marginalized even within the disability sector. Ektha was initiated keeping this in mind, the fact that there was no group for people with neurological [...]