Centre for Internet & Society

Mobile Accessibility Practices

by Nirmita Narasimhan

Over the past few months the Centre for Internet & Society along with some like minded organizations had been working on framing a feasible accessibility guidelines for mobile apps which they could recommend to the Government of India, since there is no single standard in existence at the moment.

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Comments on the draft Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rules

by Nirmita Narasimhan

The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) submitted comments on the draft Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rules for the consideration of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Government of India.

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Comments on Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities 'Vision Document 2030'

by Nirmita Narasimhan

The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) submitted comments for the consideration of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPD) on the Vision Document 2030 brought out earlier this month.

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Digital accessibility in the Rights of Persons With Disabilities Act 2016

by Nirmita Narasimhan

This post summarizes the provisions for digital accessibility in the new Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016

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The Quest for Education – Persons with Disabilities, Severely Challenged

by Nirmita Narasimhan

Education is the fundamental building block of development; it leads to an improved quality of life, employment, social acceptance and inclusion, national development and intellectual growth.

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Where Are There So Few Books For The Print-Impaired?

by Nirmita Narasimhan

India publishes approximately 90,000 books each year in 24 different languages. We have over 16,000 publishers, and are one of the top nations for English book publishing in the world. Clearly we are a nation which values and fosters a culture of reading and passing on knowledge in different domains ranging from literature, to yoga, language, education, science, fiction and many others.

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Mobile Apps Are Excluding Millions Of Indians Who Want To Use Them

by Nirmita Narasimhan

If someone were to ask you how many apps you use in a day, you might need to stop and count. You use apps to book cabs, to order groceries, make payments online, buy diapers, connect with friends... the list goes on. In fact apps, are becoming so intrinsic to daily life that without one handy you may have to think twice about how to complete a transaction.

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We Tested 18 Government Apps, and Most are not Fully Accessible to the Disabled

by Nirmita Narasimhan

When you wake up in the morning, the odds are one of the first things you look at is your phone. You might check WhatsApp, review the news, look at the day’s schedule, and book a taxi to work.

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Accessible ICT Procurement

by Pranesh Prakash

Today in India there is an excellent opportunity to address the needs of persons with disabilities through accessible ICT procurement. There is a growing body of evidence globally to demonstrate that governments are successfully using accessible procurement as a means of ensuring the human rights of persons with disabilities,. They are amongst the largest purchasers of IT in any country and by requiring accessible products and services, ensure that all citizens with disabilities and government employees who are disabled are able to access and use public infrastructure and communication. CIS along with 20 other organisations petition the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Information Technology to bring in accessibility considerations within the draft Procurement Bill.

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Report on eSpeak with NVDA Screen Reader and Assistive Technology for Visually Challenged

by Nirmita Narasimhan

The Centre for Internet & Society, Bangalore and National Association for the Blind, New Delhi in collaboration with Centre for Differently Abled Persons, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli organized a workshop on eSpeak with NVDA Screen Reader and Assistive Technology for Visually Challenged at Centre for Differently Abled Persons, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli on January 21, 2016.

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