Subhash Chandra Vashishth

Accessibility, Universal Design & Diversity Inclusion Specialist

Subhash is an Accessibility, Universal Design & Diversity Inclusion Specialist and a lawyer focusing on disability rights. He is also a blogger with an interest in Inclusive Mobility, Transportation, NMT, Sustainability, Inclusive Sanitation, Walkability, Smart Cities & Liveable Habitats. As an advocate, Subhash litigates in the High Court of Delhi & Supreme Court of India. He is Co-Founder and Director of Centre for Accessibility in Built Environment Foundation, based in New Delhi, India.

Subhash is an Expert Member for Accessibility on Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Sectional Committee for National Building Code (NBC) and has contributed substantially to the accessibility provisions incorporated in NBC 2016. He was also on the Core Committee of Ministry of Urban Development, Govt of India that authored ‘Harmonised Guidelines & Space Standards on Barrier free Environment for Elderly & Disabled Persons’ which stands notified under Sec. 15 of Disabilities Rules 2017 as the Guideline for designing accessible Built Environment.

He is also a Member of:

  • University Grants Commission (UGC) Committee on Accessibility for Students with Disabilities, Govt. of India.
  • Accessibility Expert on State Advisory Committee by State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, NCT of Delhi.
  • Bureau of Indian Standard’s Sectional Committee on Smart Cities (CED 59); Sectional Committee on Active Assisted Living (LITD 35); Sectional Committee on Functional Requirements in Buildings (CED 12) and Panel member on CED 46.

He conducts capacity building sessions for a variety of stakeholders & has conducted numerous workshops & training on disability equality, gender inclusion, accessibility audits & Universal Design, inclusive services, disability law & policy, child rights, women rights, pubic interest litigation etc. for lawyers, social workers, gender activists, design professionals, civil engineers, architects, educationists, service providers in transportation, hospitality, tourism, aviation, rehabilitation etc.

Subhash was proud to serve in the Indian Air Force and is a veteran. Besides a professional degree in Law, Subhash has Master degrees in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management, Economics, Social Work and a PG Diploma in Developmental Therapy (Cerebral Palsy & Other Neurologically Disabling Conditions). He has also completed a GIAN course on "Universal Design and Accessibility Planning: an interdisciplinary approach to Inclusive Environments" from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.