Sunday, February 26, 2017

Web Accessibility workshop at the Election Commission of India

Dr Satendra Singh, Amit Verma and Prashant Ranjan Verma at Election Commission of India
 We conducted a Web Accessibility workshop at the Election Commission of India on 1 February 2017. I took the inaugural session then Prashant Ranjan Verma (National Association for the Blind) and Amit Verma helped participants with hands on session on laptops. Disability Rights Alliance was involved in this too. We are happy to get opportunity to visit this organisation which is among the few respected by all.

Mr Vijay Dev (Deputy Election Commissioner) and Dr Satendra Singh
After the workshop participants from different states admitted that they were not aware of the barriers their websites had for person with disabilities and now they will try to comply with The web content accessibility guidelines WCAG.

Hope to see improvements in the election commission websites of Gujarat , Manipur, Urrarakhand and Uttar Pradesh soon.

'The Wire' has published a detailed article on our endeavours as how disability activists and EC worked to make assembly polls more accessible. It also highlights the pioneering work down by DM Azamgarh Suhash LY and his wife Additional DM Ritu Suhas in making elections disabled friendly.

Disability Activists and EC Work to Make Assembly Polls More Accessible (The Wire)

Special mobile apps, software, infrastructure, training for personnel and feedback mechanisms have been created to make voting easier for persons with disabilities.

Read the full article at this link.

#A11y #Accessibility #Inclusion #Disability

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