by kaeru — last modified May 10, 2014 12:24 AM
India has an estimated 70 million disabled persons who are unable to read printed materials due to some form of physical, sensory, cognitive or other disability. The disabled need accessible content, devices and interfaces facilitated via copyright law and accessibility policies. We have organised Right to Read campaigns in the four metro cities of Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai, made a submission to amend the Indian Copyright to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, researched on accessible mobile handsets in India, analysed the Working Draft of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, and published a policy handbook on e-accessibility and a book on universal service for persons with disabilities.

Key Research


  1. Enabling Elections (by CIS and the Centre for Law and Policy Research, March 24, 2014).
  2. Draft National Resource Kit of Stat-wise Laws, Policies and Programmes (by CIS and CLPR, March 10, 2014).
  3. Web Accessibility Policy Making: An International Perspective (by G3ict & CIS, February 28, 2012).
  4. Universal Service for Persons with Disabilities: A Global Survey of Policy Interventions and Good Practices (by Axel Leblois, Nirmita Narasimhan and Deepti Bharthur, G3ict & CIS, December 27, 2011).
  5. e-Accessibility Policy Handbook for Persons with Disabilities (Russian) (November 4, 2011).
  6. e-Accessibility Policy Handbook for Persons with Disabilities (edited by Nirmita Narasimhan, ITU and G3ict with support from Hans Foundation, October 27, 2010).


  1. Inclusive Disaster and Emergency Management for Persons with Disabilities (by Deepti Samant Raja and Nirmita Narasimhan, submitted to the the National Disaster Management Authority of India, September 17, 2013).
  1. Accessibility in the New Telecom Policy 2011 (submitted to the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India, December 9, 2011)
  2. Right to Knowledge for Persons with Print Impairment: A Proposal to Amend the Indian Copyright Regime (submitted jointly by CIS and Inclusive Planet and Alternative Law Forum to the Ministry of HRD, November 2009).

Other Research

  1. Accessibility of Political Parties Websites in India (by Nirmita Narasimhan, March 24, 2014).
  2. Opening New Avenues for Empowerment: ICTs to Access Information and Knowledge for Persons with Disabilities (by UNESCO, August 31, 2013).
  3. Making Mobile Phones and Services Accessible for Persons with Disabilities (by Axel Leblois and Nirmita Narasimhan, ITU and G3ict, September 2, 2012).
  4. The Working Draft of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2010: Does it exceed its Mandate in Including Provisions Relating to Other Disability Legislations? (by CIS, Inclusive Planet and the Centre for Law and Policy Research, February 24, 2011).

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India's Ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty Celebrated; Accessible Books Consortium Launched

On Day 1 of the 28th Session of the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (“SCCR”), the WIPO organized an event to mark India’s ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled, 2013 (“Marrakesh Treaty”), and to launch the Accessible Books Consortium (“ABC”).

For a Truly Inclusive Consultative Process
Open House with George Abraham: Mainstreaming Persons with Disabilities
Summary of Judgements on Disability Rights
The Road to Financial Inclusion
Polling Pains
Central Government Schemes
Enabling Elections
Accessibility of Political Parties Websites in India
NVDA e-Speak Text-to-Speech Project Update (March 2014)
National Resource Kit: The Jammu & Kashmir Chapter (Revised)
National Resource Kit: The Himachal Pradesh Chapter
National Resource Kit : The Haryana Chapter (Revised)
National Resource Kit: The Dadra & Nagar Haveli Chapter (Call for Comments)
National Resource Kit: The Mizoram Chapter (Call for Comments)
The Right of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2013 and the Lack of Access to Accessibility Rights
National Resource Kit: The Gujarat Chapter (Call for Comments)
National Policy on Universal Electronic Accessibility – An Analysis
National Resource Kit: The Chhattisgarh Chapter (Revised)
National Resource Kit: The Tripura Chapter (Call for Comments)
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News & Media
NISH Website to Help the Disabled

The National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) has launched a website on matters related to disabilities. The website was launched by Social Welfare Minister M K Muneer here on Wednesday.

SpicyIP Tidbit: India ratifies the Marrakesh Treaty for the Visually Impaired
Meeting on National Policy on Universal Electronic Accessibility
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An Open House Session with George Abraham
May 21, 2014 03:00 PM to May 21, 2014 05:30 PM, at Ashoka- Innovators for the Public, 54, 1st Cross, Domlur Layout, Bangalore-560071

Ashoka India and the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) welcome you to an open house session with George Abraham, CEO and Founder of the SCORE Foundation at Ashoka- Innovators for the Public in Domlur on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

Celebrating 5 Years of CIS
May 20, 2013 02:00 AM to May 23, 2013 12:00 PM, at The Centre for Internet & Society, Bangalore, No. 194, 2nd 'C' Cross, Domlur, IInd Stage - 560071 (Near Domlur Club and TERI Complex)

The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) is celebrating 5 years of its existence with an exhibition showcasing its activities and accomplishments. The exhibition will be held at its offices in Bangalore and Delhi from May 20 to 23, 2013.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD 2013)
May 09, 2013 08:00 AM to May 09, 2013 11:00 AM, at TERI, Southern Regional Centre, Bangalore, 4th Main, Domlur II Stage, Bangalore 5600071

The Centre for Internet and Society is pleased to invite you to participate in the Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in Bangalore on May 9, 2013. The event begins at 4.00 p.m. and will end by 7.00 p.m.