International Webposium on Universal Design for Persons with Special Needs (Divyangjan)

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InterNational Webposium

Universal Design for Persons with Special Needs (Divyangjan)

The Road Ahead, 14th & 15th May 2020


Organised by

In association with

Universal Design : The Design welcoming all

The definitions, concepts and attitudes towards disabilities have changed a lot since the last five decades. The disability related terminologies travelled through a medical model which views disability as a problem within the person, to the charity model viewing disabilities to be taken care of, to the social model identifying disabilities as a result of socio-environmental interactions. Finally, the time came when UNCRPD was signed by many countries shifting disability rehabilitation to a holistic rights-based approach. In fact, the early years of 21st century saw a paradigm shift in disability rehabilitation when on March 30th 2007, the United Nations gathered 82 signatories on the opening day of the first comprehensive human rights treaty of the twenty-first century i.e. United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). This was the record number of opening days signing countries in the history of United Nations conventions.

Further, the popularity of the term sustainability and the sustainable development emphasising toward solutions that recognized the need to consider the long-range survival of the species. This way of thinking requires thoughtful stewardship of the resources that sustain life on earth, which, in turn, is shaping the twenty-first-century ethos: planning for mixed-use communities where diverse ages, races, and abilities are welcomed; where access to mass transit, clean water and air, and goods and services are considered part of everyone civil rights; where ideas about sharing rather than hoarding are discussed; where celebrating the individual does not preclude caring for the welfare of all (Szenasy, 2011).

In present era planning and policies of the entire world is focused on developing an inclusive society which ensures the survival of the weakest in the society unlike the primitive law of survival of fittest. Neither inclusive growth could be achieved nor inclusive society could be developed without making available a universal design either in terms of accessibility or in terms of learning. The term universal design is closely associated with the policies related to inclusive growth and development. The terms synonymous to Universal Design, barrier-free design, accessible design, inclusive design, and design-for-all hold somewhat divergent historical and cultural meanings in what Iwarsson (2005) collectively refers to as the enabler concept (Ostroff, 2011).

The core of Universal Design is the acceptance of the fact that every human being is less able in one way or another and at one time or another: a matter of degree and time respectively. Although inclusive development, inclusion, inclusive education all are talked about a lot, the progress so far made in this area is not up to mark. Inclusion of persons with disabilities is still like a hard nut to crack specially for developing countries and the major barrier towards the non-achievement of expected output of inclusion is non-implementation of universal design principles either while developing physical infrastructure, or developing digital materials or developing learning and instructional systems. As noted by Ostroff (2011), Until universal/inclusive design is infused in pre professional and continuing education, the attitudes of designers will limit their understanding and appreciation of diversity. They will continue to shape their designs for a mythical average norm, creating barriers that exclude the contributions and participation of millions of people all over the world. The growing passion for environmental sustainability in design education must be incorporated with social and economic issues and knowledge of the global community.

Present international webinar is being organized keeping in mind the following objectives:

  • To sensitize stakeholders about the need of universal design to achieve true inclusion.

  • To create awareness about recent advancements in universal design.

  • To develop understanding of participants about various aspects of universal design.

  • To acquaint participants about various principles of universal design.

  • To enable participants to make use of principles of universal design at their workplace.



Brochure in Audio (English)

Brochure in Audio (Hindi)


  • Universal Design: Socio-Legal Aspects.

  • Universal Design: Physical Infrastructure

  • Universal Design: Technological Dimensions.

  • Universal Design: Instructional as well as pedagogical aspects

  • A holistic View of Universal Design of Learning


The webposium will be hosted on Google Meet and the link of the webposium will be shared to participants upon their registration for the webinar.

Who can attend

Anyone having keen interest in disability related issues.


The seats are limited to 150 participants offered on a first come first serve basis for which a participant needs to register using a given link of google form. The form will be open till 5 PM of 13th May 2020. Registration will close if seats are filled earlier. Organising team reserves the right to cancel any registration or consider new registration.


Digitally signed e-certificate will be provided to participants who complete and submit the assessment via e-mail and will be found successful. Please note no certificate would be made available in hard copy.



Conveners / Coordinators

Prof. Rajani Ranjan Singh (DSMNRU) Prof. Nalini Shrivastava (MJPRU) Prof. Malay Kishore Dutta (AKTU)
Dr. Praveen Kumar Tiwari (MJPRU) Shri R.P. Singh (NIEPVD) Dr. Anil Kumar Jain (VMOU)


Organising Secretaries

Dr. Pankaj Kumar


Dr. Akhilesh Kumar


Dr. Rashmi Ranjan


Dr. Keerti Singh


Sh. Chet Narayan Patel


Dr. Brijesh Rai


Dr. Rambabu Singh


Dr. Ayush Kumar


NIEPVD Helpdesk

Dr. Pankaj Kumar

NIEPVD Dehradun, 8578956677,

Ms. Bhawana Nayyar

NIEPVD Dehradun, 9045110919

    List of 200 confirmed Participants


Decision of Committee will be final in case of any conflict/dispute