Sensitizing Training and Workshops on Universal Accessibility and Universal Design

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 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

Samarthyam organized several workshops for stakeholders,, service providers, architects, engineers and others….

Year 2011- till date

Government of Orissa, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh,etc to train and sensitize Municipal Commissioners, architects, planners, transport officials and engineers

Year 2010

  • Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India
  • “Urban Transport And Mobility”, Centre for Science & Environment, New Delhi

Year 2008

  • New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC): Architects and Engineers
  • TRIPP, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi for Transport Planners, Professors and researchers
  • Engineering Department, University of Delhi
  • Central Public Works Department (CPWD)
  • Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee
  • Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), Delhi: Scientists, Researchers, Academicians, Transport, Town & Urban Planners.

Year 2009

  • Government of Andhra Pradesh, 250 Municipal Commissioners and Engineers from 121 districts of Andhra Pradesh state
  • TRIPP, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi for students and traffic planners & engineers from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India
  • School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Delhi
  • Auroville- Universal City for Architects and Management of Auroville
  • “Schools for All”, National Workshop on Inclusive Education, Gandhi Nagar (Gujarat state): Project Officers, Inclusive Education
  • Centre for Science & Environment, New Delhi: Transit planners & Municipal Corporation Officers
  • Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU): faculty, students and security guards
  • World Vision: CBR workers, volunteers and field staff
  • Community Inclusion: volunteers, community, parents, children with disability, girls and women with disabilities

2005 & 2006

School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Delhi: 2 workshops for faculty and Students of Transport Planning, Architecture and Industrial Design.


Five workshops for Auto rickshaw/three wheeler drivers (Badge Training) – with State Transport Authority, Burari, Delhi and Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus drivers.