Knowledge Management for Development Journal, Disability Inclusive Development Part 2

Accessibility to the built environment in Delhi, India: understanding the experience of disablement through the intersectionality paradigm

Jyotishmita Sarma


Accessibility to the built environment plays a significant role in the lives of persons with disabilities, as lack of it results in their exclusion from the mainstream society. Existing papers have pointed out infrastructural and attitudinal barriers in restricting the mobility of persons with disabilities, which have resulted in their lack of access to education, employment opportunities and healthcare. This paper aims to highlight the barriers faced by women with locomotor disabilities while accessing the built environment in Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR). Building upon the author’s M. Phil research, the paper engages with the different intersections in the lives of the study participants that have hindered their access to the built environment. Indepth interviews with 12 women with different locomotor disabilities were conducted and the findings are discussed with the help of the intersectionality paradigm. The paper argues that persons with disabilities are a heterogeneous group, and their accessibility to the built environment can be facilitated or hindered through the intersection of a myriad of factors.

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