Samarthyam is empanelled with Government of India as National Resource Team for Training of Trainers and Creation of Resource Pool of Access Auditors. Since 2003, the in-house team of Samarthyam having experience of more than two decades has trained several professional, architects, engineers, etc. We facilitate the following trainings:

Capacity Building Trainings

Training of Trainers (TOT) Course for Promotion of Universal Design and Creation of Resource Pool of Access Auditors

Samarthyam’s master trainers provide ToT courses to professionals and individuals for capacity building on conducting accessibility and walkability audits, rights based advocacy and creation of resource pool of access auditors and access advocates.

Achievement:

Creation of Access Co-ordination Cells- in Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal comprising of persons with disabilities, government officers (decision makers, engineers, architects and service providers), School Management Committee, Equal Opportunity Cells, Panchayat heads and community representatives to access audit and implement access elements in rural, semi urban and urban infrastructure.

We have trained engineers and architects of CPWD in 2 weeks technical trainings on access audit and officers of 16 states in India viz. Government of Delhi, Rajasthan Orissa, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, etc. Samarthyam’s access experts have also provided training to officers of Ministry of Urban Affairs, Government of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Persons with disabilities, NGOs and DPOs of all these countries were also involved as major stake holders.​

Sensitization and awareness trainings of all Airlines staff and Airport operators: covering disability etiquettes and communication, transfer techniques, airport accessibility and in-flight evacuation procedures.

Achievements: Samarthyam has authored the first training module and sensitization package published by Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India. The expert team with user perspective have trained all the airlines and airport operators since 2015 which has resulted in impact creation and eased out travel of passengers with disabilities and passengers with reduced mobility. Samarthyam’s Founder and Executive Director (an assisted wheelchair user) Anjlee Agarwal, as Member of Asok Kumar Committee of Ministry of Civil Aviation have undertaken extensive review of Civil Aviation Rules (CAR) Section 3 Series M “Carriage by Air Person with Disability and/or Reduced Mobility”. The Airport Accessibility standards and report authored by Anjlee Agarwal is available:

http://www.civilaviation.gov.in/sites/default/files/moca_003352.pdf

Technical Workshops on creation of Cities for All- Universal Accessibility and Universal Design in external, pedestrian and transport ecosystem

Disability awareness is a pre-requisite to mark the beginning of accessibility. Unless people are sensitized towards the needs of disabled people, it is difficult to implement accessibility. We have designed a Training Module- “Building Bridges”, to cross communication barriers and sensitized people towards the disabled community and vice-versa. We have termed this approach as “Building Bridges”, as both the individuals cross their respective borders to create an inclusive society.

Methodology

Methodology for sensitizing training differs from sector to sector. For example, while conducting a sensitizing training for service providers/ professionals, the methodology is focused on service and customer satisfaction. In case of educational institutes, the methodology is focused on teaching methods and interaction with students with disabilities. We include, interactive activities, demonstration of assistive technologies and simulations to make the training more effective

Trainings on Water, Sanitation & Hygiene – WASH

Samarthyam provide approaches and strategies with know how to practitioners to incorporate access elements during planning, designing, and implementing of WASH services and facilities.

We undertake and facilitate capacity building trainings on Accessible WASH and promotion of universal access, which benefits women with disabilities and the entire community. Cost effective and practical solutions are provided for ease of implementing in diverse sites and terrains.

We train professional and practitioners on gender sensitize and friendly WASH design and services. Our architect and access audit team is pioneer in capacity building of both professionals and individuals with disabilities to advocate, promote and implement community and household WASH especially toilets for girls and women with disabilities.