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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 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 Interest 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!

Easy Checks: A First Review of Web Accessibility Updated Draft

The Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) has published an updated draft of the WAI resource Easy Checks – A First Review of Web Accessibility. Easy Checks helps you assess if a Web page addresses accessibility. It provides simple steps for anyone who can use the Web; no accessibility knowledge or skill is required. The checks cover just a few accessibility issues and are designed to be quick and easy, rather than definitive.

Introduction to Web Accessibility a course on accessibility by Google

As per the following blog by Eve Andersson, Manager, Accessibility Engineering at google, google has launched a course on making accessible websites for visually impaired users.

You work hard to build clean, intuitive websites. Traffic is high and still climbing, and your website provides a great user experience for all your users, right? Now close your eyes. Is your website easily navigable? According to the World Health Organization, 285 million people are visually impaired. That’s more than the populations of England, Germany, and Japan  combined!

As the web has continued to evolve, websites have become more interactive and complex, and this has led to a reduction in accessibility for some users. Fortunately, there are some simple techniques you can employ to make your websites more accessible to blind and low-vision users and increase your potential

Accessibility Round up 13th August 2013

Before I sign-off, a couple of quick reminders:

  1. Bangalore Accessibility Meet up for this month will happen on 24th August 2013. Details and registration
  2. Call for papers – Techshare India 2014 closes on 1st September, 2013.