Campaign: Make currency of India and digital payment apps accessible

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Money is important to everyone; It's essential that everyone needs to be able to identify their own money. Whether we like it or not, not everyone in this world are wise; though we wish! A few years ago, 5 paisa, 10 paisa, 20 paisa, 25 paisa, 50 paisa, INR 1, INR 2 and INR 5 coins are very easy to identify with unique shape; same was the case with currency notes too due to uniqueness in size. Off late almost all of Indian coins are of same size and there is no shape difference. As a result, often causes confusion. Not only to people with disabilities, I have noticed my own family members got confused between 50 paisa and INR 5 coins! It was habit for people to just feel…
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2016 Year in Review

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Though it was a year with mixed feelings for me personally, from accessibility prospective, it was a fabulous year. A quick recap of 2016: In January, I have presented to members of Accessibility in India Community Group of W3C on Creating Accessible Forms In March, attended Techshare India 2016 and had an opportunity to speak along with Glenda Sims In March, WordPress went WCAG compliant In April, I have written accessibility review of SBI and HDFC Net banking May - we can count this month to mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Wrote a few posts to celebrate this occasion and spread awareness. Read posts written in May 2016 In June, W3C has elected new advisory board, NVDA 2016.2 got released, wrote a review about accessibility of Jobs for People with…
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Some challenges faced by people with low vision

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I happened to be a person with low vision and see some situations challenging if not impossible. Feel free to comment if you have observed any other challenges or have solutions for some of these. I'm also writing solutions that I usually practice or something I think of. Be informed that my solutions my not work for you. ChallengeSolution Unable to identify status of elevatorThis happens mostly in the corporate buildings where functional buttons up/down are provided at side of doors but display would be at the top somewhere; instead display should be at the right above the functional buttons It's easy to identify inside the elevator when flash light gets turned off on selected button but when elevator is crowded, it may not be easy hence having auditory announcements…
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Tribute to Louis Braille on his birthday

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January 4th is birth anniversary of Louis Braille. Louis was born in the year 1809. Blinded in both eyes as a result of a childhood accident. But he has accepted his disability and adopted the the life with blindness. That attitude not only gave him a successful life but also became inspiration to the society. Perhaps, Braile happens to be the first ever accessible medium to enable people with vision impairment to read and write and Braille is only script that enable people who are deaf and blind to read write. It's true that today there are many technologies such as screen reading software to help visually impaired to get education and of course everyone should adopt to current technologies. That said, still it is recommended that Braille is taught…
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International Day of Persons with Disabilities – what’s happening in India?

Accessibility News, General
We recently posted about Theme for this year's International Day of Persons with Disabilities. As we are gearing up to mark the occasion tomorrow, here is a quick list of a few events that are happening in India. Mr. Narendra Modi, The Prime Minister of India will be officially launching Accessible India Campaign and giving away away National Awards to People with Disabilities. This is perhaps for the first time that events matching the theme are being hosted and that too with involvement of The Prime Minister. I hope Accessible India Campaign will be a fruitful and successful one. It's great to see the target of 50% of Central and State government office to become disabled friendly by 2018. Way to go! An introspection article by Disability News and Information…
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Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities – theme of International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2015

Accessibility News, General, Web Accessibility
The United Nations has announced this years theme as Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities. This is certainly an area that we all care about and work for. Background on International Day of persons with disabilities he International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been commemorated since 1992 to promote awareness and mobilize support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development. The Day works to promote action to raise awareness about disability issues and draw attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for all. Source; The United Nations Website About theme and sub themes As per the United nations, approximately there are about a billion people living with different disabilities across the world. How…
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Keen to build a career in the area of Accessibility… where to start and how to grow?

General, Web Accessibility
I think it's people who encourage me to write a few posts and this time a former colleague from HCL Technologies. He is a visual designer and his question to me via Twitter is: Hello Srinivasu, How's work at Deque Systems? I'm a visual designer and wants to specialize in Accessibility. Your guidance is appreciated on where to start. Thought writing a post would not only helps this friend but may be of help to many. Accessibility is an unique and respectable profession in industry. Uniqueness of Accessibility career is that it's not only fulfill responsibility of a professional duty but also creates social impact. Here are a few pre-requisites to make career in the area of accessibility. Passion Patience - growth in accessibility career or business would certainly take…
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International White Cane Day – 15th October

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A white cane is used by many people who are blind. It helps as a mobility tool and comes in different varieties such as a long cane, foldable cane. 75% of the cane is painted with white and 25% is painted with Red colour. 15th October is marked as White Cane Safety Day. This observation has started in the year 1963 by the United States of America and then recognized in several countries. Objective of this day is to raise awareness on mobility and independent living of people with blindness. History of White Cane Blind people have used canes as mobility tools for centuries,[3] but it was not until after World War I that the white cane was introduced. In 1921 James Biggs, a photographer from Bristol who became blind…
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Raising awareness is rather important to build accessible world – Global Accessibility Awareness Day

General, Web Accessibility
Developers are awesome, designers are awesome too! Always willing and keen to put in an innovative effort and bring a wow experience to consumers; then why is that they don't care about accessibility? If you think they don't that's wrong; They absolutely don't see people with disabilities / elderly as their enemies and never intend to build something that does not work for all users. It's just that most of them doesn't know about these segment of user base. Because they must have never come across people with disabilities and do not know how they use technologies. Let's be realistic, those of us working in Accessibility industry, each one has come to this industry either with an experience or for some, it's need for own self. So raising awareness plays…
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DesignDay meet-up at Bangalore – slides and resources

General, Web Accessibility
It was nice to be at July meet-up of DesignDay. Here is a recap of the event, my slides and as promised some resources! What's DesignDay? DesignDay is a platform for designers to meet, discuss and solve problems together. The event started by introductions including name, what do they do, what can they offer to community and what would they been doing if not coming for DesignDay! Wow, within just about an hour, having about 20 participants, we were able to get ideas for 6 upcoming DesignDay topics, volunteers who could help in organizing. Also there was a huge list of what each one was doing if they were not at DesignDay and that include traveling, playing, sleeping, shopping etc., Thank you guys for sacrificing all that you generally do…
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