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Ananya Lal
The Shri Ram School, Moulsari

Lal, Ananya. "CHALLENGES AND APPROACHES TOWARDS DISABILITY- INCLUSIVE CORPORATE WORKPLACES IN INDIA." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 4, no. 5, May 2019, pp. 3757-3763, Accessed May 2019.
Lal, A. (2019, May). CHALLENGES AND APPROACHES TOWARDS DISABILITY- INCLUSIVE CORPORATE WORKPLACES IN INDIA. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 4(5), 3757-3763. Retrieved from
Lal, Ananya. "CHALLENGES AND APPROACHES TOWARDS DISABILITY- INCLUSIVE CORPORATE WORKPLACES IN INDIA." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 4, no. 5 (May 2019), 3757-3763. Accessed May, 2019.

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With over 80 million people affected with disabilities of multiple types, India's disabled population is one of the largest excluded and marginalized groups in the world. While various schemes have been introduced in the last two decades and more by the Government of India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, these primarily address methods of improving their education rates, skill development, and access to public resources. Limited academic study has been dedicated towards corporate workplaces in India, which in many ways despite the existence of labour laws seem to function as independent entities with rules of their own. In particular, there is minimal focus on policies and practices of disability inclusion in corporate work spaces, going beyond the basic ramp requirement to accommodations that prevent the exclusion of those with sensory, learning, and other disabilities. The ethics of including individuals with such disabilities whose productive output may be lesser than those without have been minimally discussed. This paper reviews the scenario of disability-inclusion with respect to corporate spaces in India, considering the consequences of a lack of disability-friendly work environments that dissuade individuals from seeking work in such spaces. Further, the ethics of affirmative action and similar modes of empowerment are discussed from both a utilitarian and capitalist perspective. Finally, policy recommendations are provided to seek better implementation of existing schemes and future developments in including disability-access in the workspace.