The annual NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards were instituted in 2010.
“We feel it is very important to honour the ones who are making a contribution in this area,” said Javed Abidi, Honorary Director, NCPEDP.
The awards will cover accessibility in the following fields: a) Built Environment, b) Transport, c) Information and Communication Technology, d) Services, and e) Aids and Appliances. Individuals and organisations are being invited to nominate for the awards. These will be given under the following three categories.
In category A, for persons with disabilities, awards are given to people with disabilities who have created an impact in Accessibility and Universal Design in any of the areas such as built environment, transport infrastructure, service provision, information and communication technology (ICT), universally designed consumer products, mobility and independent living aids, or assisting technology in their personal/professional capacity. Every year, awards in this category are given to three people across the country.
In category B, for working professionals, awards are given to people who work for the cause of Accessibility and Universal Design. She/he may be an employee of an education institute/NGO/corporate/government body that has taken up the cause, or may be a consultant or freelancer who has devoted her/his time for the cause. Her/his individual contribution to the cause is a major reason for the success achieved by the organisation/firm/movement. Every year, awards in this category are given out to three people across the country.
In category C, for companies/organisations, awards are given to those companies or organisations who have taken up the cause of Accessibility and Universal Design. The selection criteria will not only be for adopting accessibility policies, but also for implementing them at the workplace. Every year, awards in this category are presented to four companies/organisations across the country.
Source: Assam Tribune, 22nd June 2015