A roundtable on ‘ICT accessibility for disabled’ to be held in Bangalore on July 1

|June 20, 2016 0
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BANGALORE, INDIA: To sensitize companies about the importance of ICT accessibility for ensuring independent life for people with disabilities, the Department of People with Disability (DEPwD) along with the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) is going to organize a roundtable on Information Accessibility in Bangalore next month.

The roundtable will be supported by MPhasis and the NASSCOM Foundation and will take place at Leela Palace on July 1, 2016 between 9.30am-12.30pm.

According to the World Report on Disability, produced by the WHO and World Bank, there are more than 1 billion people with disabilities in the world. Approximately 15% of the world population has a disability, viz., approximately 1 in 7 people. By this estimate, India would have more than a 100 million people affected by one or the other disability.

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The aim of this roundtable is to create awareness amongst companies on how to make their own websites, products and service offerings accessible for persons with disabilities at the initial stages of planning of R & D.

The Roundtable will explore topics such as the meaning of accessibility, current state of disability, Government of India directives and the global mandates, ICT for the disabled as an accessible domain and also as a medium to empower them and to make knowledge more accessible to them, challenges and propositions of solutions, among others.

India has been making efforts already in the direction of ending discrimination against the disabled and protecting the rights.

This includes the Adaptable E-Learning Accessibility Model for the Disabled– a 24 months long programme by the CDAC Bangalore and Hyderabad as well as the Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan)– a nation-wide campaign for achieving universal accessibility for PwDs by DEPwD.

More than 70 participants from the government departments and from various private sector companies and start ups will be present at the event.

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