Srinivasu Chakravarthula – A Pioneer in Accessibility Advocacy in Southern India

Meet Srinivasu Chakravarthula, 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.

Born in 1981 in the enchanting village of Injaram, nestled in the culturally rich East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, India, Srinivasu’s life took an extraordinary path due to his low vision caused by a premature birth. However, he never allowed his visual impairment to hinder his aspirations or define his identity. With unwavering support from his parents, dedicated teachers, and loyal friends, he always felt equal to his peers, never letting his condition set him apart.

Photo of Smt. Hemalatha and Shri. Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Srinivasu’s remarkable zest for life and learning knows no bounds. He has not pursued a master’s or even a graduate degree, yet his indomitable spirit propels him to pursue greatness in his chosen field. His interests are as diverse as they are enriching – from engaging in friendly carom and chess matches to immersing himself in the soul-soothing melodies of Carnatic classical music. He finds inspiration in spiritual lectures and strives to integrate their teachings into his life. Believing that Hindu traditions are a treasure trove of scientific wisdom, he is passionate about exploring this connection.

  • 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
  • Reading Literature
  • Listening to Carnatic Classical Music
  • Preaching and Practicing Hindu Dharma
  • Chess and Carrom
  • Swimming
  • Walking (I walk about 10kms a day)
  • Blogging & speaking
  • Yahoo! Ratna (2010)
  • NCPEDP – MphasiS Universal Design Awards (2013)
  • INFAStar (2019)