Policy Advocacy

Policy Advocacy

Svayam believes that change begins with advocacy and everyone deserves equal access to the built environment. For over two decades, the organisation has been working with policymakers and various stakeholders, helping them change their perception that accessibility is not only for people with disabilities but benefits everyone, which include pregnant women, children, persons with disabilities, war veterans, the elderly, and others. 

Svayam has raised awareness of the importance of accessibility over several platforms. One such is Svayam’s contribution to the 2011 Census campaign – “Stand Up and Be Counted”. It was the clarion call for persons with disabilities to have themselves enumerated in the final round of the 2011 Census. Svayam raised awareness for the families to answer Question No. 9 – one of the biggest questions framed to gather information about the number and categories of disabilities. Highlighting Question No. 9 underscored the significance of capturing comprehensive data to acknowledge and address diverse disability categories, which further led to changes in the national policies towards their needs.

Capacity Building

While the access audit recommends ways of making a building or service more accessible, there may be areas where structural design may not allow much change. Even in case of an emergency, the staff needs to assist customers/us

Accessibility& Audit

The access audit identifies barriers that may exist in the present infrastructure and make recommendations to overcome them. All the good features that exist are also highlighted in the audit. During the audit the team members go around all

Access Consultancy

Svayam also provides consultancy services to help organisations incorporate accessibility at design stage itself and also while the project is executed to ensure that the end product is compliant to the accessibility