August 2009 Archives

Shivani Gupta of AccessAbility in New Delhi has paid her dues. Acquiring a disability sheAccessAbility Logo.png then went on to acquire professional training in architecture, recruit an able team of co-workers, estblish AccessAbility, and manage numerous projects in Inclusive Tourism.

Most recently AccessAbility announced that, following an invitation by India's Ministry of Tourism to be part of their HRACC (Hotel & Restaurant Approval & Classification Committee) they assisted in revising the current hotel star rating system. As a result of a year-long effort the revised HRACC guidelines (issued July 23, 2009) are now available online at:

http://www.incredibleindia.org/newsite/pdf/Guidelines_for_classification_of_Hotels.pdf

The revised guidelines make it mandatory for all existing (including budget
hotels) and upcoming hotels to comply with the following minimal criterion
latest by September 01, 2010:

  • have an accessible entrance,
  • provide access to all public areas,
  • have at least one unisex accessible restroom in the lobby, and
  • have at least one accessible guest room with an accessible en-suite shower facility.
This latest accomplishment is only one in a string of contributions including training of people with disabilities, heritage site accessibility, airline staff training, and India's first and only online guide to accessible accommodations - Free2Wheel

Indian Hotel Rating Guidelines -
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Svayam's founder is Sminu Jindal. As a non-profit Svayam has taken on accessibility in public spaces - with an emphasis on tourism and an eye toward preparation for hosting the Commonwalth Games.


Svayam: Creating an Inclusive Environment - Part 1 -
Svayam: Creating an Inclusive Environment - Part 2 -
Svayam 2009 Conference Report -