SvayamAccessibility Awards

About Svayam Accessibility Awards

Instituted on October 25, 2010 by Svayam Global Centre for Inclusive Environments, New Delhi, India, and supported by Jindal SAW Limited, the Svayam Accessibility Awards are an effort to promote and recognize the concept of accessibility and universal design in all spheres of our lives to make way for livable communities in both rural and urban landscapes. 

The awards are conferred on organizations and individuals who have shown a consistent commitment to providing accessible infrastructure for all. These awards play a pivotal role in providing the right impetus for the development of inclusive infrastructure and related policies and practices, ensuring that accessibility initiatives are sustainable and meaningful. 

The awards are an attempt to recognize the efforts of potential organizations and encourage them to reach their highest potential to ensure universal accessibility for all. This is also to encourage other organizations to be in pursuit of achieving universal access to their infrastructure, products and services, which leads to making a community livable for all.

Taiwan, 2018

‘Svayam Accessibility Awards 2018’ ceremony was held on 14 November 2018 at Taipei, Taiwan on the sidelines of 15th International Conference on Mobility & Transportation for the Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED Conference,2018). The Awards were conferred by Ms. Sminu Jindal, Founder, Svayam, during the official Gala Dinner ceremony of TRANSED 2018.

Portugal 2015

Svayam Accessibility Awards were instituted on 25 October 2010 to promote and recognize the concept of Accessibility & Universal Design in all spheres of our lives to make way for livable communities – in both rural & urban scapes.

New Delhi 2012

The First ever “Svayam Accessibility Awards” were held on the sidelines of 13th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED 2012 Conference) that took place at New Delhi during 17-20
September 2012.

On the sidelines of TRANSCEND 2012, Svayam announced and hosted the first ever “Accessibility Awards." Till then, there have been three editions: Delhi 2012, Portugal 2015, and Taiwan 2018.

Thematic Areas Covered

Currently, the awards cover the following thematic areas and categories:

Selection Process

The selection will take place in two phases, with a pre-selection or screening in the first phase followed by a final selection. Applications that are non-serious, incomplete, not of required merit, not supported by testimonials, etc. will be filtered out or rejected in the first phase itself. In the final phase, a jury composed of an international panel of experts will assess the shortlisted entries and applications. The selected finalists in different thematic areas will then be felicitated at the award ceremony during TRANSED 2018.

Evaluation Criteria

The marks distribution for evaluation shall be based on

Area of Evaluation
Percentage %

Methodology of the Project


Project scalability


Does the project promote independence, mobility & participation of all in civic life


Is the project sustainable


Were local people/ persons with disabilities/ relevant stakeholders involved in design of concep


Awards Inlcudes

A trophy along with citation in favour of the organization to be conferred upon the winning organization during the Award Ceremony to be held on the side-lines of the TRANSED 2018.

Who can apply?

Previous Awards

Recipients of Svayam Accessibility Awards Porto City Hall, Portugal
Accessible Vaccination Drives By Svayam​

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