Shivani Gupta is passionate about independent living for persons with disabilities in less-resourced areas. Her areas of work include improving physical accessibility and support services.
She co-founded AccessAbility in 2006, a consultancy working with different stakeholders including the government, private companies and organizations of persons with disabilities and UN agencies to promote inclusion and accessibility of persons with disabilities. She has largely worked in India and also in Asia Pacific countries in collaboration with CIP, CBM, IDA and others for accessibility audits and training in accessibility and disability rights. She has co-authored publications pertaining to accessibility in physical environments, public procurement, assistive devices, support services especially from the context of less-resourced rural villages. She is also the author of ‘No Looking Back’ inspired by her own life experiences as a woman with disabilities living in India.
She holds an MSc in Inclusive Environments: Design from the University of Reading, UK and a PhD from the University of Maastricht, Netherland.