Making cities accessible for all

Even with limbs all intact, 20/20 vision and perfect hearing, the Indian city is a minefield to navigate — pot-holed roads, disproportionately raised and unevenly spaced pavements, crowds, unruly traffic… If the able-bodied perceive the city as unfriendly to negotiate, then for the disabled it’s virtually hostile. For disabled women, it’s even more so and they are reminded daily that even the simple act of accessing public space for everyday tasks is a battle.
“Disabled women are doubly challenged — both for being women and being disabled,” said Nidhi Goyal, a disability and gender rights activist, in an interview to this column.

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