9th NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards 2018

Dear Mr. Harsh Jaitly,

National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) is a non-profit voluntary organisation founded in 1996 working as an interface between various stakeholders – Government, Industry and Civil Society Organisations (both national and international) for the empowerment of persons with disabilities.

NCPEDP has long believed that accessibility is the bedrock of inclusion. However, it is not limited to just the physical space. It includes, among many others, transport infrastructure, information & technology, aids, and appliances. Access, therefore, is an issue that cuts across disabilities, sectors, abilities and age groups and forms the very basis of Empowerment! And, a concept that is intrinsic to any kind of access is ‘Universal Design’, which means a design that is usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of age, ability, or situation.


Thus, to recognize exemplary and innovative work towards improved accessibility for persons with disabilities, incorporating principles of Universal Design, that NCPEDP with the support of Mphasis launched the ‘NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards’ in 2010.


2018 will see the ninth edition of the Awards which are given in 3 categories: Persons with Disabilities, Working Professionals, and Companies/Organisations. 


The Awards cover accessibility in the following fields:

  1. Built Environment
    2. Transport
    3. Information and Communication Technology
    4. Services
    5. Aids and Appliances

    We have been tremendously motivated by the huge response that the Awards have received since their inception and this year, we look forward to seeing an even greater excitement!


The Concept Note along with the Nomination Forms is attached. We have also enclosed last year’s commemorative brochure for your reference.


We would appreciate if you could please nominate deserving candidates and also help us disseminate the documents further to relevant individuals/organisations in your mailing lists. The last date for sending nominations is Thursday, 31st May, 2018.  Please send us your nominations at secretariat.ncpedp@gmail.com.
Your support will help us reach out to the maximum number of people, spreading awareness and identifying and sharing best practices on Universal Design and accessibility from across the country.


Warm regards,


    Chartered Accountant
    VK Illam, Gandhigram 624 302
    Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu.

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