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Accessibility in India Community Group

This group focuses on accessibility awareness in India. With India, being an IT, it is important to look at accessibility and build awareness on the web and mobile and ebooks. This group will not publish specifications.

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Minutes of the meeting – 28th October 2015

Dear All,

We had our conference call on the 28th of October, 2015 where we discussed about Accessible India Campaign and how we can support the Government of India by creating awareness on accessibility and assistive technology.

Shilpi Kapoor gave us a detailed information on what is the current status of the Campaign where she mentioned that the Accessible India Campaign mainly focuses on four areas & shared some of the targets set in the strategy paper released by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities:

  • Barrier-free Infrastructure
  • Barrier-free Transportation
  • Accessibility ICT & Websites
  • Sign Language Interpreters

The implementation on the ground looks very unclear at this stage and we need to support by working on standards and guidelines, training and suggestions for a public procurement policy.

There was discussion on the accessibility index which the Government will be unveiling on December 3 as a part of the campaign, which will rate companies across public and private sectors for disabled -friendly initiatives. There is a need to add accessible websites, technology, products and services to this index beyond hiring of people with disabilities, infrastructure & hr policies.

Block you calendars for the next sessions:

  • Learning Session -2 has been scheduled for the 18th of November 2015 at 10 am – 11 am by Nawaz from PayPal on “Top 10 Accessibility mistakes and why, along with some testing tips”.
  • On our next conference call the members have decided to discuss ‘how technology can be a part of the accessibility index by the Accessible India Campaign?’ will be on 9th December, 2015, 10 am – 11 am

Wishing you all a very Happy & Prosperous Diwali and looking forward to see you all in our next learning session. And yes, please ensure to spread a word about these calls so that we can have maximum people participating and contributing.

Warm Regards


First learning session on WCAG Introduction

On 14th October, 2015 the first learning session was conducted by the W3c Accessibility India Community Group. Ms. Shilpi Kapoor the chair of the group has hosted the virtual meeting. I am asked to deliver the first learning session on the introduction to WCAG 2.0.

The concepts I could cover in the 30 minutes session are:

  1. What is WCAG
  2. Who WCAG is for
  3. Structure of WCAG.
  4. Levels of WCAG and how are they framed
  5. Supporting documents and the relation with WCAG.
  6. Recent legal suits and settlements

Download the complete WCAG 2.0 Introduction presentation (.ppt).

Thank You Ms. Shilpi Kapoor for hosting the meet and giving the opportunity. Thank You Sujasree Kurapati and Srinivasu Chakravartula for helping me in finalizing the presentation beside your busy schedules. Thanks each one of the participant for your valuable time.

Suggest a topic for the Learning Sessions

Hello everybody,

We had our first learning session today which was very well presented by Mr. Rakesh Paladugula on the topic ‘Introduction to WCAG 2.0’. Thank You Rakesh.

I would request you all to suggest topics that you would like to have for the ‘Learning Sessions’. Do put in your suggestions in the comment box below and we would try to incorporate them during our learning session conference calls.

Looking forward to hear from you.

Warm Regards

Minutes of the first conference call

Hello All,

Let me first thank everyone for being a part of our community’s first conference call which was hosted by Chair of the Group. Sharing with you the minutes of the call:

  1. The call began with the introduction of attendees and thanking W3C for the support given for conducting the conference call.
  2. Member Outreach – To have a vibrant community of 250 people in a 1 year period.
    • Every one of us would reach out to at least 3 people we know working in the field of accessibility to join the group.
    • Reach out to the other Members already on the Interest Group and get them engaged with the group
    • Reach out to people of product/service companies like Developers, Designers and not only Senior Leadership to join the group
  3. Member Engagement – To provide learning and sharing through different interactions
    • Write blog posts, questions, share information etc. that we would like to discuss in the group to make it more engaging and also help people understand the value of joining the group
    • Promote the group through social media channels such as Facebook, twitter and/or LinkedIn
  4. Meeting Schedule
    • Have 2 conference call every month to begin. Have 1 as a learning sessions and 1 as a general discussions to promote accessibility in India during the calls.
  5. Accessible India Campaign & Smart Cities
    • Initially to start a Blog post, so we can share our ideas on how we can support the Government in Accessibility
    • Some areas that we can support government is through working on standards and guidelines, training and suggestions for a public procurement policy
  6. Next conference call has been scheduled for the 14th of October 2015, 10 am to 11 am which will be a Learning Session by Mr. Rakesh Paladugula as an Introduction to WCAG 2.0. This will be a 30 minute session followed by Q&A and discussions

We look forward for more participants for our next call and your continuous support to make this group more informative and engaging.

Warm Regards


Let’s get to know each other – Join us for a conference call

With the objective to make this group more engaging, we are planning for a conference call every month. The main objective is to know each other’s contribution in the accessibility field and support each other to make this group more vibrant in India.

The first conference call would be hosted by Ms. Shilpi Kapoor, founder BarrierBreak on 16th September 2015,  Wednesday, at 10.00 am – 11.00 am.

The aim of the call would be:

  • Introducing oureselves and getting to know each other
  • Deciding on various topics with regards to accessibility in India –  for example the ‘Accessible India Campaign’ by the government of India
  • Reaching out to people to participate in this group
  • Agreeing on regular scheduled meetings

Be a pat of the conference call using the meeting link:

Help spread a word so that we can have maximum people join this conference call and make it more engaging and informative.

Warm Regards

Ramya Venkitesh

Announcing Techshare India 2016 – Towards Digital Inclusion

Glad to announce the 5th edition of Techshare India 2016 to be held on 3rd & 4th March, 2016 at New Delhi which will focus on implementing equal access through the theme “Towards Digital Inclusion”.

The call for papers for Techshare India 2016 is now open. Want to share your knowledge on accessibility, submit your paper now. Abstracts or papers should be submitted online and latest by the 15th of September, 2015.

To know more visit

Support us in building Digital Inclusion!

Thanks & Regards

All govt websites to be made differently-abled friendly

Good to hear about Indian government websites.

As many as 6,000 websites of the Centre and state governments would be covered out of which 50 per cent would be made fully accessible for differently-abled people by July next year, according Social Justice Department sources.

Hope this is done at the earliest and the website are really made “accessible”. Do share your views on the same.



Let’s Reconnect on Accessibility!

It’s great to see more and more companies in India start to talk of accessibility. As an interest group, we have been quiet for a period. It is now time to come back to the discussion of accessibility and help spread the word in India.

As the Chair of the Interest Group, I would like to start by just getting to know each other. I know for some of us, we might have done this in the past. But a request to everyone is to just say a few lines about yourself and the work you do in accessibility in the comment of this post.

I hope to see more questions and discussions on the group, so that we can all learn and share with each other to create a dynamic accessibility community in India.


Shilpi Kapoor

Attended w4a mtg in South Korea

Just finished attending W4A 2014 conference in Korea. Glad to share those details, if you like. On my side, I am from IIIT-Hyderabad and had presented my paper titled, “Overcoming the New Accessibility Challenges Using the Sweet Framework”, to this conference. Learnt a lot from it. Joining this group to see how I can further help with my  research. I would love to know of some long standing problems with respect to web accessibility in the Indian context. Namastae & Cheers!