“The disability is not the problem. The accessibility is the problem.” – Mohamed Jemni
Blu-E is a newly founded consultant/builder/service agency, focusing on improving the accessibility in built environments and thereby promoting inclusion. The group consists of a team of engineers, Doctors, rehabilitation experts, persons with disabilities and social workers.
Blu-E has started its operations in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, with plans to spread all over India.
Mohammad Shanil, a wheelchair user is one of the co-founders of Blue-E . He says that almost 99 percent places remain inaccessible. In most of the places there are no ramps , and at places where there are – they are not built according to the specified norms. Shanil says that the ratio in which wheelchair ramps are to be constructed in public places is 1:12. And when the ramp is too steep, a wheelchair user has to again depend on others to push the wheel chair.
We started Blue-E with a vision to have an inclusive and accessible society where one doesn’t have to shelf their dreams just because of the lack of accessibility. And as a Solution provider , we at Blue-E strive to solve this problem of lack of right access, to infrastructures and services. We provide solution and the means to tackle the hassle. Through our detail oriented accessibility audits and accessibility rating system we could help to convert offices, homes, restaurants etc to be a disabled friendly environment. We also provide services which could enable one to improve their quality of life, no matter what their disability is….. Says Shanil
Blue-E which started last month aims at providing accessibility audits, design appraisals, design and implementation and consultation.
Mohammad Shanil, Febin Joy ,Vignesh Srinivas, and Gazan Moideen are The founders of Blue-E. Except Gazan the other 3 founders are people with disabilities. Gazan as a student had seen students with disabilities struggle at Schools and had been interested in joining the Team.
Blu-E is soon planning to create a mobile app where they give ratings to hotels, malls, buildings and other public places so that people with disabilities can access the place easily.
Please visit the website for more information – Blu-E
Brief intro about the founders –
1. Mohammed Shanil – Founder and CEO of Blue-E He is an alumnus of Malappuram government college, graduated as a economist and has mastered his MBA from Bharathiar University. He was affected by polio at the age of 1. But he didn’t let polio thwart his dreams.The hardships he endured moulded him to be assiduous and perseverant. He is an avid disability activist. He is also a wheelchair cricketer; and has founded the Wheelchair Cricket Association of Tamilnadu.
2. Febin Joy – Co-founder of Blue-E He is a Marine Engineer who graduated from Cochin University of Science & Technology. A road traffic accident in 2015 rendered him quadriplegic. His ideas and a desire for a better inclusive environment has helped in the founding of Blue-E.
3. Gazan Moideen – Co-founder of Blue-E He is an alumnus of Islahiya Educational lnstitution. He is committed to bringing pragmatic changes to the society, in a way which is beneficial to the persons with disabilities. His visions and enthusiastic approach in tackling a problem has proved to be imperative in the realisation of Blu-E
4. Vignesh Srinivas – Co-founder of Blue-E He is a victim of spinal cord injury caused by an accident. He is a brilliant coder and networking expert. He strives to make a difference in society which could empower persons with disabilities. He wishes to realise this goal of his through Blue-E. He has dedicated his talents and skills to make realise Blue-E’s mission.