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Reprinted from the "Times Of India Delhi" - Dec 3, 2008; Times City Section
Shivani Gupta and the Noida Deaf School, among the 10 recipients of the Helen Keller Award, have encouraged the differently abled every step of the way.
If the list of all those who received the Helen Keller Award this year is any indication, society and private organizations are increasingly becoming sensitized to the needs of the differently abled. Instituted in 1999, the Helen Keller Awards honour 10 individuals and institutes every year for their ‘‘exemplary work towards helping disabled people find positions of equality and dignity in the workplace’’. Times City met two of the recipients to find out the extent of the difference they are making.
A wheelchair-user herself, Shivani Gupta is the co-founder and director of AccessAbility. The organization provides consultancy to corporates looking to hire people with disabilities, advises them on appropriate architecture, as well as runs a human resource portal for prospective employers and job-seekers.
With degrees in hotel management and architecture, and a PG degree in inclusive environments from UK, Gupta believes in a three-way approach: include, enable and empower. ‘‘I started Access-Ability two years ago with my friends Vikas Sharma, who was my classmate at the inclusive environment course, and Sachin Verma. Our primary aim is to provide a one-stop place to corporates who want to include people with disabilities in their organizations. For this, we work in improving the attitude of people and resort to one-on-one approach,’’ she said. The company’s job portal is called www.employability.co.in.
AccessAbility has also started an online travel guide for tourists with disabilities and have listed over 2,000 places in Delhi which are disabled friendly. ‘‘This website’s connecting link is provided on the Indian tourism department’s incredible India website,’’ she said.
Gupta received the award in the individual category on Tuesday.
The Noida Deaf School, which will be receiving the award in the category of corporates, was started in 2005 by Ruma Roka with just five students. Now, it has a strength of around 350 students who attend various courses free of cost.