The publication 'Planning a Barrier Free Environment' published in 2001 was hailed as awelcome initiative. The manual is being used extensively to promote barrier freeenvironment. A copy of the manual has been circulated at several workshops organized bythe Office of the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities,
over the country.The overwhelming response to add usefulness of the manual can be gauged by the fact thatthe third edition is being brought out on great demand
various sectors of the society.Since 2001, over 2000 copies of the manual have been printed. Regional language editionsare also planned.As spelt out clearly in the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, a barrier free built environment is essential tofacilitate the disabled. It is hoped that this manual will help in bringing us as closer to our goal of an inclusive, barrier free and rights based society as possible.I deeply appreciate the efforts put in by Ms. Shivani Gupta and Mr. Vikas Sharma
of Indian Spinal Injury Centre in compiling this much needed and useful manual.
Dr. Uma TuliChief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities