|Equal Opportunity Awards 2018|
The Equal Opportunity Awards were instituted in 2014 to recognize organizations and individuals making significant contributions to people with disabilities in the workspace and lifestyles.
The winners are selected by an eminent jury that was chaired last year by Dr. S.Y. Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner of India. The Chief Guests of the awards have been Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice -Chairman, Niti Aayog, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Eminent author & Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and Mr. Jay Panda, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha.
Microsoft is our official title partner for the 2018 edition of the awards. This year, the awards will be given in seven categories: Tech Innovations empowering PwDs', Non Tech Innovations empowering PwDs', companies employing PwDs', inclusive schools, architectural firms promoting accessibility and universal design, entrepreneurs with disabilities, and professionals with disabilities.
Nipman Foundation was co-founded by Nipun and Priyanka Malhotra in 2012. The Nipman Foundation works in the areas of Health, Dignity and Happiness for Persons with Disabilities and the underprivileged sections of the society.
The Ministry of Social Justice has collaborated with the Nipman Foundation as a ‘Partner’ to take the Accessible India campaign forward.
Nipman Foundation has a team of trained accessibility auditors who have audited and provided recommendations for disability friendly infrastructure including Delhi Metro, Rajghat, Tihar, Mandoli and Rohini Jails, Delhi Haat, Supreme Court and have also worked with the Election Commission and the Indian Railways Committee.
The Foundation has executed various projects in association with SIAM and CII including the Auto Expo where the Foundation invited over 100 wheelchair users to visit the venue of the Expo on Goodwill Day (A day before the Auto Expo). The Foundation also provided wheelchair facility during the Auto Expo to anyone – aged, injured or disabled. In addition, Nipman Foundation has been the accessibility partner of the NH7 Weekender and Jaipur Literary Festival. The Foundation also successfully lobbied with Zomato to add wheelchair access filters to their restaurant listings.
The Foundation’s flagship event, The Nipman Foundation Equal Opportunity Awards were instituted in 2014 to recognize organizations and individuals making significant contributions to people with disabilities in the workspace and lifestyles. The Awards are given in 7 categories that include – Entrepreneur with a disability, Professional with a disability, Organizations employing people with disabilities, Organizations/NGOs with technological innovation, Organizations/NGOs with non-technological innovation, Inclusive Educational Institutes, Architectural Design Firms promoting universal access design.
We also have an initiative called Wheels for Life, started in October 2016, which is a transparent platform designed to enable people and organisations to request for wheelchairs, and for people to gift them in a simple straight-forward and accessible manner. The main objective is to ensure that persons with physical disabilities have access to facilities they need to live an empowered and fulfilling life. ‘Wheels for Life’ initiative reaches out to as many deserving beneficiaries through two ways — directly to people who need wheelchairs and cannot afford them and by encouraging and facilitating the gifting of wheelchairs. People can easily make donations on the website: http://wheelsforlife.in The transparent functioning of ‘Wheels for Life’ has managed to bridge the gap between donors and beneficiaries and ensures that people get to see the beneficiaries who have received wheelchairs from their donations.