Meet Srinivasu Chakravarthula

A Pioneer in Accessibility Advocacy in Southern India

A trailblazer in the field of Accessibility and perhaps the first individual in Southern India to embark on a career dedicated to this vital domain. His journey into the world of Accessibility began in the year 2000, and it’s been an inspiring tale of determination and passion.

Early Years and Overcoming Challenges

Born in 1981 with low vision due to a premature birth, Srinivasu’s story is one of resilience and determination. Despite the hurdles presented by his visual impairment, he never let it define him. Supported by loving parents, dedicated teachers, and loyal friends, Srinivasu embraced life as an equal, never allowing his condition to set him apart.

The Journey into Accessibility Advocacy

Srinivasu’s journey into the world of accessibility began in the year 2000. A trailblazer in Southern India, he embarked on a career dedicated to making technology and digital experiences inclusive for all. His passion and determination have fueled his remarkable career, making him a driving force in the field.

Rich Professional Background

Srinivasu is the Director of Product Accessibility at Freshworks, showcasing his leadership in ensuring digital products are accessible to everyone. Additionally, he serves as a freelance accessibility consultant for small, medium, and not-for-profit businesses. His commitment extends to mentoring and speaking engagements, emphasizing his dedication to fostering inclusivity.

As a member of the Governing Council at The National Association for the Blind, Karnataka Branch, and the Rotary Club of Bangalore, Kalyan, Srinivasu actively contributes to the community.

Diverse Interests and Inspiring Pursuits

Srinivasu’s zest for life extends beyond his professional endeavors. Despite not pursuing formal higher education, his indomitable spirit propels him to pursue greatness in his chosen field. His interests span from engaging in friendly carom and chess matches to immersing himself in the soul-soothing melodies of Carnatic classical music.

Believing in the connection between Hindu traditions and scientific wisdom, Srinivasu is passionate about exploring this rich heritage. He finds inspiration in spiritual lectures and strives to integrate their teachings into his life.

Dive into His Inspiring Blogs

Srinivasu’s creativity finds expression in his blogs, where he generously shares insights and experiences. Valuing the simple joys of life, he takes long contemplative walks and finds serenity in swimming. His life is a testament to the power of resilience and the boundless potential that resides within each individual.

Srinivasu Chakravarthula


Contact
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

+91-9900810881 (Mobile)

Top Skills
Accessibility
Assistive technology
NGO Management


Languages
Marathi
Telugu
Kannada
Tamil
English
Hindi


Certifications
DHS Trusted Tester
Professional Member


Honors-Awards
NCPEDP – MphasiS Universal
Design Award 2013
Yahoo! Ratna
INFAStar Award Q1 2019 in Do
Good Category
Seva Vibha Vachaspathi
2021 Award of Excellence

Director of Product Accessibility at Freshworks Inc, Speaker, Mentor, Consultant

Srinivasu is an accessibility professional with over 20 years of experience. He has worked in both the corporate and non-profit sectors, and he is an expert in accessibility testing, training, and consulting. He is also a motivational speaker and has helped many young people make positive choices in their lives. Currently, he is the Director of Product Accessibility at Freshworks. He is a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility and a Trusted Tester by the US Department of Homeland Security. He has won various awards for his work in accessibility and community development.

Experience

  • Director of Accessibility at Watermark
  • Lead Accessibility Consultant, Informatica (2016-2019)
  • Senior Accessibility Consultant, Deque (2015-2016)
  • Senior Technical Architect, HCL Technologies (2014-2016)
  • Senior Accessibility QA Lead, PayPal (2012-2014)
  • Senior Inclusive Design Manager, Yahoo! (2009-2012)
  • Accessibility Tester, Access Consultant, Marketing Executive, BarrierBreak (2005-2009)
  • Teacher (Computer Science), The Manik Public School (2003-2005)
  • Project Leader, InforaysTechnologeis (2002-2003)
  • Project Manager, Shri. Manik Prabhu Shikhan Samiti (2001-2003)
  • Computer Instructor & Braille Press Operator, The National Association for the Blind, Karnataka Branch (2001-2003)
  • Office Assistant, Sekhsaria Exports