Marching Sheep Brings To You The Most Comprehensive And Actionable Report

Based on extensive primary and secondary research
India report on building inclusive workplaces for all 21 disabilities covered under RPWD Act 2016
PWD inclusion reports from 15 countries

21 Marching

About 21 Marching

21 Marching- is a journey of Passion, of learning, of allyship, and growing along with every stage of the project.

The seeds of the project were sown when we started our YouTube Series by the same name. We engaged in candid conversations with individuals with all the 21 disabilities covered under the RPWD act. These conversations opened our eyes, our hearts and minds. We realised how much work needs to be done to build a truly inclusive world for Persons with Disabilities.

The main barrier was lack of awareness. Most people were not aware of the RPWD act 2016, of the 21 disabilities, of what it takes to build inclusive workplaces for them. Information available was fragmented and not easily accessible. There were still a lot of myths and stereotypes.

We embarked on a journey of conducting in depth primary and secondary research on each of the 21 disabilities so that we could help the recipients of this report complete knowledge and resources to

  1. Dispel myths and stereotypes
  2. Provide for appropriate accessible physical and digital accessibility infrastructure
  3. Create an inclusive environment through policies and practices
  4. Inculcate the right behaviours and foster an inclusive

We also realised that most organisations had international presence and there was intersectionality with cultural nuances and applicability of different legal statutes. So to begin with, we have included 15 countries in our research where many companies are either headquartered or have regional offices.

Key components of the project

Organisations can expect a holistic, systemic and step by step view on how to build Disability Confident Organisations in a structured and phased manner. As per the stage of inclusion they are in, their inclusion strategy, they can choose to access the whole report or parts of the report.

The report will include details of all 21 disabilities, the symptoms, their accessibility needs- physical, digital, mental and emotional along with solutions. We have weaved in a quiz to make the reading engaging and check on conceptual understanding of each disability. Furthermore, the report also includes best practices, legal statutes from 15 counties and a complete employer handbook that talks about do’s and don’ts from entry to exit.

Data Collection Method: Semi-Structured Interviews

In order to make this report holistic, with a heart and soul, we have spoken with persons with disabilities from the 21 disabilities covered under the RPWD act. Since challenges faced by each disability were different, the accessibility needs were also different, hence we used a semi-structured questionnaire which was customised to meet the needs of every disability.

We spoke to people who were employed, and those who were looking for employment. We spoke to their caregivers, to those who were working actively as allies, to employers to get a 360 degree view of the facts. Additionally we carried out extensive secondary research and gathered all the relevant yet scattered information in one place. From mandatory legal compliances, to templates that need to be followed, to NGOs in different locations and so on.

This is our honest attempt to make a difference to the lives of people with disabilities and we know that organisations that apply the information in this report will be able to expedite their inclusion journey.

This is also a live document. We will not stop here. We will keep on adding to the country research and increasing the width and depth of this report.

Marching Sheep Brings To You The Most Comprehensive And Actionable Report

Final Impact of the Project

The research project’s ultimate impact on corporations will be the transformation of workplaces into more inclusive, compliant, and socially responsible environments. By delving into the experiences and challenges faced by People With Disabilities (PWDs) through candid conversations, companies can adapt policies and practices to better support these individuals. This not only fosters a diverse and equitable work atmosphere but also attracts and retains top talent, potentially reducing costs and enhancing productivity. Moreover, the newfound insights may spark innovation and even create new market opportunities, strengthening a company’s reputation as a forward-thinking, inclusive, and responsible entity in today’s diverse business landscape.