The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, GoI in collaboration with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) have introduced an index, to measure inclusiveness and accessibility of PwDs across different kinds of organisations.
The composite index is split into two independent sub-indices that separately measure inclusiveness, and accessibility (I&A). The Inclusiveness and Accessibility Index (I&A Index) is not a substitute for the legal obligations that exist under national or international regulatory regimes. It aims at assessing the current stage of inclusiveness and accessibility of PwDs in an organisation and also acts as a guide for taking progressive steps to increase support, inclusiveness and accessibility towards persons / employees with disabilities.
The details of the sub indices are as follows.
The toolkit is designed as a maturity model with measurable steps defined as 'indicators' to enable an organisation to progressively improve its ranking on the Inclusiveness and Accessibility Index.
The methodology for determining the position of an organisation on the inclusiveness and accessibility index is as follows:
The toolkit highlight the methodology to rate each component and their sub-component based on following three dimensions:
For More Information on Inclusiveness and Accessibility Index Click here (879KB)
To facilitate measurement of this index, a questionnaire has been designed to assess an organisation's standing on the I&A Index. The questionnaire is designed to enable the assessor to give appropriate ratings to individual organisations that choose to be assessed. The questionnaire also has two sections applicable to the two indices: Inclusiveness and Accessibility. Each section has three key components. Questions can be easily answered by an organisation by ticking the appropriate parameters that are applicable. However, care must be taken that each 'tick' mark is substantiated with credible evidence.
Questionnaire for measurement of I & A index Click here (188KB)