Ashwani-KumarDirector, Universal Design Unit
Access Consultant

Access Advocate and Consultant, he has audited more than 1800 public buildings and transit systems in India. He is a powerful speaker and is scholarship recipient at the 11th and 12th TRANSED Conferences held in Canada and Hong Kong. He is Master Trainer and Resource Person on Training of Trainers workshops on Universal Design and has been creating resource pool of access auditors since 2003. With extensive research experience, he has led several action oriented research projects in Samarthyam.

Access Audit Experience:

Over 1800 sites in the country since 2003

Training Program and Workshops:

  1. 2007 Access for All- Advance Training Course by Samarthyam & Handicap International, N Delhi
  2. 2006 “Creation of a Technical Resource Pool on Access in Delhi”, Jamia Hamdard University, Samarthyam and Handicap International
  3. 1996 Diploma in Tax Laws, Indian Law Institute, New Delhi
  4. 1994 Course on Planning, Implementation and Documentation for ISO 9000, STQC Training Institute, Jaipur


  1. Project “Accessible Delhi”  -Rajiv Gandhi Foundation & Samarthyam, New Delhi
  2. Workshop on Holistic Approach for Access to Physical Environment  – M/o SJE, New Delhi
  3. Access to Physical Environment  – Samarthyam and Handicap International, New Delhi
  4. Access for All- Advance Training Course Non-Handicapping Environment –  Asia Pacific Development Centre on Disability Workshop for National Trainers and (APCD) Bangkok (Thailand) Policy Makers


International Representation:

  1. 2010 Speaker, 12th International Conference on Transport & Mobility for Elderly & the Disabled, Hong Kong
  2. 2007 Speaker, 11th International Conference on Transport & Mobility for Elderly & the Disabled, June, Montreal, Canada

Project Co-Ordinator :

  1. 2007-09 Accessible Delhi, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation & Samarthyam, New Delhi
  2. 2007-08 Creation of Resource Pool of Access Auditors, Handicap International & Samarthyam, New Delhi


  1. 2011-12 Anthropometric study of mobility aid users: India specific
  2. 2010 Accessibility Research and Comparative Analysis of Building Standards & regulations (Building Bye-Laws) in various states of India
  3. 2009-12 “Research study on IRC: 103-1988 -Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities for Indian Road Congress”
  4. 2010 Action Oriented Research Project On Community Accessibility & Inclusion Audit
  5. 2008 “Research on Right of Way in Road & Street Infrastructure for Persons with Severe Disabilities”
  6. 2006-07 “Road Safety Aspects and Street Infrastructure for Persons with disabilities and Elderly” with implementation strategies for 1 km area in Central Delhi
  7. 2006-07 “Research & Design for making of Braille Registration plates and Audio Meters in Auto Rickshaws”
  8. 2006 “Implementation of user-friendly Public Transport Systems (Bus & bus Shelters) in Delhi”
  9. 2005 “Promotion of user-friendly Public Transport Systems (Bus & bus shelters) in India”
  10. 2005 “Accessibility of Indian Railways”

Master Trainer for Training of Trainers (TOT) Course:

(For Promotion of Non-Handicapping Barrier Free Environment & Creation of Resource Pool Of Access Auditors)

  1. 2010 Unnati at Ahmadabad 2009 Voluntary Services Overseas
  2. 2009 National Trust, M/o SJE and BITS Mesra
  3. 2009 Dept of Social Welfare and O/o Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities NCTD
  4. 2009 CBM 2007 Department of Social Welfare (DSW), Government of Goa

Resource Persons / Organizer of Training Workshops:

  1. 2010 Central Public Works Department, Architects and Engineers, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India Centre for Science & Environment- Government officers, Urban Planners and Engineers
  2. 2009 CPWD, Architects and Engineers, Ghaxziabad IGNOU, Delhi Non-teaching Staff and Security Guards School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Delhi Deepshikha NGO, BIT Mesra, service providers, Ranchi
  3. 2008 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi: Transport Planners, Professors and Researchers CPWD, Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Engineering Department, University of Delhi New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC): Architects and Engineers, Delhi
  4. 2007 Resource person at Seminar “Empowering society through empowered women with disabilities”, Kurukshetra University, Haryana
  5. 2006 Post-Tsunami Reconstruction Work, Public Works Department (PWD) – Civil Engineers, Architects and contractors in Port Blair & Rangat, Andaman Island
  6. 2003-04 Workshop organized by Rehabilitation Council of India, at Bangalore
  7. 2003 Roshni NGO, Gwalior



Bachelor of Arts, English Literature (Hons.) – University of Delhi
M.B.A, Operations Research – IGNOU, New Delhi