by kaeru — last modified Apr 26, 2013 04:52 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. Web Accessibility Policy Making: An International Perspective, G3ict & CIS, foreword by Axel Leblois, 28 February 2012.
  2. Universal Service for Persons with Disabilities: A Global Survey of Policy Interventions and Good Practices, G3ict & CIS, authored by Axel Leblois, Nirmita Narasimhan and Deepti Bharthur, 27 December 2011.
  3. e-Accessibility Policy Handbook for Persons with Disabilities (Russian Version), 4 November 2011.
  4. e-Accessibility Policy Handbook for Persons with Disabilities,edited by Nirmita Narasimhan, ITU and G3ict with support from Hans Foundation, (released by Smt.Vibha Puri Das, Secretary, Dept of Higher Education, Ministry of HRD, New Delhi), 27 October 2010.


  1. Accessibility in the New Telecom Policy 2011, submitted to the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India, 9 December 2011
  2. Right to Knowledge for Persons with Print Impairment: A Proposal to Amend the Indian Copyright Regime, Inclusive Planet and Alternative Law Forum, submitted to the Ministry of HRD, November 2009.

Other Research

  1. Making Mobile Phones and Services Accessible for Persons with Disabilities, Axel Leblois and Nirmita Narasimhan, ITU and G3ict, September 2, 2012.
  2. 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?, Inclusive Planet and the Centre for Law and Policy Research, 24 February 2011.

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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.

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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.

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Apr 25, 2013 06:00 AM to Apr 25, 2013 09:00 AM, at Mitra Jyothi Auditorium, CA Site P - 22, 18th cross, 31st Main, Sector - 1, HSR Layout, Behind NIFT College, Bangalore - 560 102

The Centre for Internet and Society and Mitra Jyothi is glad to invite you to celebrate Girls in ICT day on April 25, 2013 at the Mitra Jyothi auditorium in Bangalore. Dr. U.B. Pavanaja will give a talk on Social Media and Kannada Language for Women with Disabilities. The event will begin at 2 p.m. and end at 5 p.m.