Inclusion will be focus at NewzHook event on independent living

19 Feb,2020

By A Correspondent


Around 15% of India’s population experiences some form of disability, and Newz Hook has been pushing the needle as the leading news-based website on disability, inclusion and accessibility with a reach of 350,000 monthly viewers (


On February 20 (that’s tomorrow), Newz Hook is conducting a day-long event in Mumbai called Inclusive, with a foucs on Independent Living – Spaces + Technology.


Some leading lights across sectors are scheduled to speak. These include Sadashiv Nayak, Big Bazaar; Rajiv Ryan, Google India; Ritu Raj, Trent Hypermarket; Dr Ketna Mehta, Founder, Nina Foundation; Aditi Verma, Owner, Aditi’s Corner and Amar Jain, Lawyer.


Said Shilpi Kapoor, Founder-CEO, BarrierBreak & NewzHook: “It’s time to take the conversation beyond education and employment. How do people with disabilities live independently with all the barriers in the society?  Simple everyday activities like going to the bank, shopping, travel, or watching movies, need to be disabled-friendly”.


Added Sadashiv Nayak, CEO, Big Bazaar who will deliver the keyone: “At Big Bazaar, we have always believed in being inclusive to all our customers. It is our constant endeavour to help our customers experience ease of shopping and avail a wide range of offers to their benefit. From making the stores ready for all with accessible trial rooms, to offering personal assistance, sensory-friendly quiet hour, training the staff and so on, we are continuously working towards making it a place that truly defines an inclusive culture”.


Heritage architect Siddhant Shah, Founder, of Access For ALL, is among the speakers at the panel session on media accessibility.  He said: “These kind of events are important so we can bind our practices so we can all learn from each other. I feel this will be a great melting pot of ideas and Access For ALL would love to learn from others working in the space of diversity and inclusion”.


Added visually impaired lawyer Amar Jain who will speak at the event: “For the first time we are looking at inclusion for everyone and not just for disabled people and this makes it unique. We are talking of larger approach of inclusion for all  in the space of independent living, daily life, etc so we can drive the agenda of inclusion. In that sense it is a unique approach. It will broaden the horizon of corporates to look at inclusion beyond the perspective of disability”.



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