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Srinivasu in full casual suit
Srinivasu Chakravarthula – studied in the area of Computer Science and digital accessibility and is certified in ‘assistive technologies’. Has been in the accessibility industry for 10+ years and passionate about raising awareness about accessibility, turning reactive customers to proactive customers.

Current work

Informatica, Put full potential to workLead Accessibility Consultant

Joined in 2016 to lead accessibility initiatives. Portfolio includes helping teams to make Informatica products accessible, raising awareness to both internal and external stakeholders, help teams to up-do-date about accessibility standards and best practices.

Memberships

Member of International Asociation of Accessibility Professionals
Srinivasu is also a volunteer Usability Tester for Access Works of Knowbility.org

Past assignments

Deque Systems Inc
Senior Accessibility Consultant

At Deque I assist customers to make their products accessible and meet industry standards. In addition to help them with assessment reports, contribute efforts to create awareness about accessibility. Further I’m an active participant to work with services related to Government of India.

He started his career as Head of the Braille Production Unit at National Association for the Blind, Karnataka Branch, Bangalore. He then moved on and taught Computer Science at The Manik Public School, Bidar and also set up the Computer Training Centre at Hyderabad and Maniknagar, Bidar.

In the year 2005, he began to specialize in accessibility and started working for Net Systems Informatics India Pvt. Ltd. and its subsidiary – BarrierBreak Technologies, Mumbai. During his stint at Net Systems, he was instrumental in accessibility testing, imparting accessibility training to Corporates, creating awareness about accessibility and assistive technologies. Srinivasu played an innovative role in organizing Techshare India 2008 – India’s 1st Accessibility and Assistive Technologies Conference and Exhibition. He was also Program Coordinator for Magazine, a3 that talked about Ability, Accessibility and Adaptability.

Srinivasu further joined Yahoo! India as Senior Accessibility Manager and was responsible to lead and evangelize accessibility and its initiatives across Yahoo! India and South East Asia. As a results of his efforts with his counterparts, Yahoo! India has won NCPEDP – MphasiS Universal Design Award in the year 2010.

Receiving Yahoo! Ratna Award 2010 from Ms. Carol Bartz, CEO, Yahoo! Inc
Receiving Yahoo! Ratna Award 2010 from Ms. Carol Bartz, CEO, Yahoo! Inc

Srinivasu, during his stint at Yahoo!, awarded the Yahoo! Ratna Award, which is a highest recognition given to employees at Yahoo! India Research & Development for outstanding work!

Srinivasu then worked for PayPal – the trusted company for financial transactions and lead accessibility practice. His charter is evangelize accessibility across the company.

Srinivasu then built Accessibility Practice at HCL Technologies. His charter including building competency, drive the accessibility related initiatives. During his short stint at HCL, he was contracted with Google to work on accessibility of YouTube, Hangouts and Seach.

Srinivasu was a Mentor for OpenAIR contest by Kowbility in the year 2015.

Srinivasu was a member of World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) India’s National Advisory Board and NASSCOM’s Disability Working Committee and he is responsible to streamline accessibility related activities.

Srinivasu served as a Member of Governing Council, The National Association for the Blind, Karnataka Branch from September 2010 to October, 2012 and was responsible for smooth operations of IT related activities.

Srinivasu, actively involves in the activities of eBay PayPal GIVE team that tirelessly put in efforts for the welfare of society as part of Corporate Social Responsibility.

He was also a member of the core committee for Yahoo! Employee Foundation India (YEFI). Srinivasu is associated with the social sector through the National Association for the Blind, India; Enable India, Shri Manik Prabhu Sikshan Samiti and Success World. His hobbies include blogging, tweeting, listening to classical music, playing chess and swimming.

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Srinivasu Chakravarthula
Accessibility Evangelist
Goal is to propagate and provide rich and inclusive web experience and create an accessible world!

Currently I lead Accessibility efforts at Informatica, Earlier I was a Sr. Subject Matter Experts at Deque.

Prior to Deque, I was leading Accessibility efforts at HCL Technologies. My role includes mentoring team, working on innovative solutions, spread the word, engage with customers on accessibility etc., Before this, I was with PayPal leading Accessibility QA. My work includes develop and maintain Accessibility Automation Tools, Accessibility Evaluation of various products, Evangelize Accessibility across the company, provide end-to-end Accessibility solutions to product teams, represent company for accessibility related initiatives in the industry.

Prior to join PayPal, I was working for the award-winning Accessibility team at Yahoo! India Research & Development; where I have played instrumental role in setting up an Accessibility Lab and drive accessibility initiatives. Besides offering services to our office in India, I was also supporting to Yahoo! offices in Jordon, Singapore, China etc.

I am also on the National Advisory Board of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) India – through which, I endeavor to create awareness about standardization and accessibility across the country. Plus, I am also member of NASSCOM Disability Working Committee to create awareness about accessibility among other IT companies. I also offer expertise to the National Association for the Blind Karnataka Branch through its Governing Council.

In November, 2005 – I joined Net Systems Informatics (India) Pvt. Ltd as an Accessibility Tester. I was responsible to test websites as per Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0.

In addition, I was responsible to sell Accessibility workshops (for Section 508, WCAG 1.0, Creating Accessible e-Learning using Flash) organized by the company. Further to create awareness among Government sector about […]