[AI] Survey to develop an understanding about how people with vision impairment perceive, experience and interpret Heritage sites

Kotian, H P hpkotian at rbi.org.in
Tue Jan 1 01:35:28 EST 2019


I too endorse, the survey is very interesting and we can certainly look forward for a more inclusive and richer experience while visiting heritage sites.

I had a telephonic  call with her while responding to the survey. Her number is present in the signature line.

As they say, Rome was not built in a day, similarly it takes time to happen. Data speaks volumes and it can impact good times when gets documented in aPHD thesis.
It becomes a solid ground for decision makers to back it. It can also force them to act. Let us take the positive step in participating in good numbers and actually we are helping us in the long run.

So you can either fill it in online or go for telephonic survey.
Happy new year all of you and let us look for better days ahead.

-----Original Message-----
From: AccessIndia [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Akhilesh Malani
Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 5:24 PM
To: accessindia <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Subject: [AI] Survey to develop an understanding about how people with vision impairment perceive, experience and interpret Heritage sites

Dear Friends,

I have found this survey very interesting and have given my feed back too.
I feel everybody should fill this survey and help Kavita to raise voice for making our Heritage places accessible and end user friendly.
I am forwarding this email on behalf of Kavita murugkar.
Please go through the message below and fill it.

Heritage is regarded as a Universal Cultural resource and many researchers have studied and catalogued the potential benefits of heritage site visits for all. However, social inclusion in heritage sites remains a key challenge specially with respect to people with disabilities. For instance, needs of people with visual impairments are not taken into consideration in heritage conservation and management and they are excluded from experiencing heritage, as it is generally assumed that they may not be able to comprehend the built environment and architecture in a heritage site.
Such a viewpoint leads to attitudinal barriers which isolate the people with vision impairment from the remaining world of sighted people.
To address this problem, an in-depth study is proposed to develop an understanding about how people with vision impairments experience and interpret heritage sites; understanding the meaning and significance of heritage sites in their lives and how their experiences and needs can be better understood for developing appropriate visitor and heritage management strategies and related policy framework for achieving Social Inclusion in heritage sites.
In order to make this investigation possible, I request your kind co-operation to fill out an online survey that can be accessed by clicking the following link:

For form in English, go to -

For form in Marathi, go to -

Thank you for your kind cooperation.

Mobile : 9767439947
E mail : murugkar at gmail.com
            kavita.murugkar at bnca.ac.in

Kavita Murugkar
Architect, Academician, Archaeologist, Heritage and Universal Accessibility Design Consultant B Arch, M A (Archaeology),PhD (ongoing)

Empanelled with MSJE and GOI Disability Affairs Dept. as Access Auditor and Trainer Associate Professor at Dr. B N College of Architecture, Pune Head, Universal Design Centre for Research and Training at BNCA Director, Design Bridge Foundation, Pune Proprietor, Synthesis Design Studio, Architecture and Interior Design Services Provider

Member, National Education Board,  Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) Executive Committee Member (IIA Pune Centre) Ex Member, Publication Board, Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) Member, PCERF Life member, INTACH

Recipient of National NCPEDP-MPHASIS Universal Design Award 2014 Recipient of National A3 Foundation Award as Best Teacher 2015 Recipient of State level MASA Award as Best Teacher 2015 Recipient of State level AVISHKAR Award as Best Researcher 2012 Recipient of Indian Institute of Architects, Pune Centre (IIA) Award as Best Teacher 2015

Mobile : 9767439947
E mail : murugkar at gmail.com
            kavita.murugkar at bnca.ac.in

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