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Nominations Open: 18th NCPEDP – Mindtree Helen Keller Awards – 2017

September 8, 2017 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

NCPEDP is one of the pioneer organization that encourages inclusion through recognizing role models. While it’s pride for individual to get recognized, purpose of such awards is actually to motivate others around awardees. Here is an announcement from NCPEDP for upcoming 18thNCPEDP Mindtree Helen Keller Awards 2017.

As you are aware, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) is a non-profit voluntary organisation founded in 1996 working as an interface between various stakeholders – Government, Industry and Civil Society Organisations (both national and international) for the empowerment of persons with disabilities.

NCPEDP has long believed that inclusion at workplace plays a pivotal role in the accomplishment of equal opportunities for persons with disabilities. Started as a discourse in 1999, NCPEDP launched the Helen Keller Awards to identify exemplary work towards the cause of inclusion. Over the many years, these Awards have come to be recognized as the most prestigious Indian benchmark for honouring people and organisations that have worked towards a barrier-free, non-discriminatory and inclusive India.

2017 will see the 18th edition of the NCPEDP- Mindtree Helen Keller Awards which are given in 3 categories:

Category A: Role Model Disabled Person
Category B: Role Model Supporter of Increased Employment Opportunities for Disabled People
Category C: Role Model Companies/NGOs/Institutions

The Concept Note along with the Nomination Forms is attached. We have also enclosed last year’s commemorative brochure for your reference.

We would really appreciate if you could please nominate deserving candidates/organizations and also, help us disseminate the Concept Note along with the Nomination Forms to all individuals/organisations in your mailing lists.

The last date for sending nominations is Saturday, 30th September, 2017. Please send us your nominations at
Source: Email received from NCPEDP

I encourage readers to nominate deserving people. Nomination forms can be obtained from NCPEDP Website.

Wishing all the nominees best of luck. Thank you Mindtree for supporting such a great initiative.

Our grand father Shri. Ganti Narasimham is no more

August 29, 2016 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Shri. Ganti Narasimham

Shri. Ganti Narasimham

He was the one, who showed me taste of tender coconut;
He was the one who made me play in the well;
He was the one who made my childhood much more entertaining (I used to spend most of summer holidays at his house);
He was the one who introduced spirituality to me;
Because of him, I got to know about a socio-religious organization; Shri. Manik Prabhu Samsthan;
He was the one, who loves children most;

That was our grand father (my mother’s father) Shri. Ganti Narasimham (known as “Dattudu”). it is shocking to learn that he is no more in our midst and passed away on the day of 27th September, 2016 at 19:04 (Hrs) India Time.

He was adopted son to Late Smt and Shri. Ganti Reddaiah Garu (Retired Head Master) from Peramma Agraharam, a village attached to Amalapuram town. Shri. Reddaiah was the one who tranlated history of Shri. Manik Prabhu to Telugu.

Our grand father was very affectionate to kids. He loves spiritual discussions, he was a dedicated devotee of His Holiness Shri. Manik Prabhu Maharaj, he has written a book and dedicated the same to Shri. Prabhu.

During my childhood, whenever we visit his place, in the mornings, he sit with us and all of us have tea together, then he goes for his regular Puja etc., and towards noon, we all used to have lunch together, then we used to play some game or the other; his favorite was Carrom and cards. In the evening, sit near the main entrance of house and used to have a long chats; Sharp at 6pm, we used to recite devotional songs.

Last I have visited was at the beginning of this year before he has moved to Gunturu from Anatavaram. We will miss you Tata garu, love you and may your soul be blessed and rest in peace.

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Last couple of weeks…

August 11, 2016 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

On 28th July, 2016, Hema was admitted at Manipal Hospital; on 29th July, 2016 early hours surgery was performed by Dr. Gayathri Karthik and at 8:47 am, by the grace of almighty, blessings of our Guruji, we were blessed with a baby boy. It was yet another memorable moment for all of us; awesomeness got bigger by seeing excitment on our daughter’s face. She has welcomed her brother with a great smile, claps and in midst of a lot of fun.

On 1st of August, we got discharged but in about a couple of days, we have noticed new born developed jandees and had to put him into photo therapy for a day. Now both mother and baby are fine.

We sincerely thank Dr. Gayathri Karthik, Dr. Karthik Nagesh and entire team of Manipal Hospital for great care taken. A big thanks to my colleagues at Informatica especially HR team for timely help with insurance procedure etc.,

Gratitude to our family members, relatives and friends (all who have called us as well as via social media) for blessings to our new born and wishes to us.

Looking forward to awesome days ahead!

Through this journey one more thing we have learnt is that; it’s recommended to wait until your child turns 3 years in order to go for family planning surgery.

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See you later, Hyderabad!

March 30, 2016 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

It was September 2014, we have relocated to Hyderabad with my job at HCL Technologies and then to Deque. Now it’s time for us to bid farewell to Hyderabad as we are moving back to Bangalore and I’m joining Informatics starting April, 2016.

It was a wonderful experience at both HCL Technologies and Deque. Though I have some opinions about HCL Technologies, it gave me an opportunity to work with some of the popular customers including Google.

Deque is an amazing person to work with and at Deque I found people who are very knowledgable people and Deque’s India office in particular has people who are very affectionate and you can count them as your family members. Love you guys and thanks a ton for making my stint so memorable.

Though it was not a long tenure at Hyderabad, we have made some good and affectionate friends at Hyderabad and we are sure that all of us remain in touch.

What are some of the great things in Hyderabad:

  • A place of affectionate people
  • A place for good food
  • A place for good and affordable shopping
  • Less travel distance for our home towns
  • Less travel distance to Shirdi

What are some of not so great things in Hyderabad? Well, these are just our personal option and may not be true for everyone.

  • Climate seem to be too hot
  • Water problem
  • It’s tough to find a good house for rent
  • Public transport to work place is not really easy

As we know there are pros and cons everywhere.

See you later, Hyderabad! Hello, Bangalore, we are coming back!

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Miss you, Mamma (grand mother) – Smt. Chakravarthula Suramma passed away on 2nd February, 2016

February 6, 2016 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

She was the one, who gave me taste of food in childhood;
She was the one who took me to a lot of movies;
She was the one who told me a lot of stories;
She was the one, who though did not knew to write, she used a red a lot of books with limited eye sight;
She was the one who loves Classical music and used to sing a lot of songs for us;
She was the one, who have visited many devotional places;
Our grand mother Smt. Chakravarthula Suramma (October 12, 1919 - February 2, 2016)

That’s our grand mother Smt. Chakravarthula Suramma who born approximately on 12th October, 1919 and passed away on 2nd February, 2016 at at the age of 97.

Thanks to Hema’s Babiah, Shri. Vasudeva Rao, who have recorded her singing in the recent past and below is the video of Sarasa Samadhana Keerthana, which she has sung at the age of 97.

Mamma, may your soul be rest in peace and we are sure that you shower your blessings to us and our children. Will miss you.

My shortest job comes to an end… I wish I could have stayed longer but Good bye HCL

June 15, 2015 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

This is perhaps first time in my career where I’m announcing me joining yet another organization in a very short while.

It was September last year, I have chosen to join HCL Technologies with a vision that I could create impact to more businesses and would have an opportunity to work with across domains to promote accessibility. But soon enough, I realized, to promote accessibility either work with a service company that’s specialized in accessibility domain or take up freelance work or work at a product company.

I would not like to say much but one message I would like to share is that with such mainstream service companies, it’s always risk in terms of quality of the accessibility work that would be delivered.

Yet, I would like to thank HCL for having given me an opportunity to work with Internet giant, Google. Wow, working inside Google for nearly 6 months changed my prospective completely about Google. Earlier I was under the impression that Google doesn’t putenough efforts nor they care about accessibility. But what I have seen at Google is great. Accessibility work at Google is more structured and engineers are absolutely committed. Really appreciate all the efforts at Google.

So next in my plate is that I’m going to join Deque and looking forward to it.

Thanks everyone.

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#GAAD – also celebrating my 10th year of accessibility life!

May 21, 2015 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Hello everyone,
Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day and already a lot of energetic events including Inclusive Design Talks – #ID24 are happening across the world.

Thanks to good friends, Jennison and Joe Devon who thought of creating such a platform to raise awareness in the community.

The good part of this event is that it’s not essential to host a huge event. Everyone can mark this day by just raising awareness to as many as they can including just to a co-worker sitting at next desk!

Some of the events that I’m attending / participating are:

Oh yes, this year also marks my 10th year working in the accessibility industry! It was 2005 when Shilpi Kapoor pinged me over then MSN messenger and asked if I’m looking for a change in career and want to take up an interesting career. Though that requires me to relocate all the way to Mumbai from Hyderabad, I accepted her kind offer and that’s when I started learning about accessibility. Sincere gratitude to Shilpi and Net Systems Informatics (India) Pvt. Ltd., (now BarrierBreak). At BarrierBreak, I learnt quite a lot of things including accessibility testing, promoting accessibility and that was an awesome opportunity to talk to community about inclusion.

In 2009 – moved on to Yahoo! to set up accessibility practice in India office and that’s when I got an opportunity to work with mighty Victor Tsaran who I see as most energetic person and one who always love to learn something new. It was a fantastic experience to work with a large company and help designers and developers learn about accessibility.

In 2012 when Yahoo experiencing market crisis, I along with another 3000+ folks got laid off but luck is in my favor and I quickly got options to work with few companies and I chose to work for PayPal where I was responsible to work mostly with Quality engineering group across the company. This gave me an opportunity not just work for PayPal but also support one of the largest e-commerce company eBay for accessibility.

In 2014 September, I made a tough decision to leave PayPal and join HCL Technologies to again explore service industry and this gave me yet another awesome opportunity to work with Google where I supported exciting products like YouTube, Hangouts, Play and Search.

However, I recently realized there is a danger of moving myself away from core accessibility enthusiasts in the world if I’m at HCL and this is for several reasons which I would be writing in my next post… but the good news is that starting mid-June, I’ll be joining yet another awesome accessibility gang at Deque!

So wishing you all a happy accessibility day!

Good bye PayPal…

September 13, 2014 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

It was 2012 when I was laid off from Yahoo!, my good friend Dennis Lembree referred me PayPal; I joined them to lead Accessibility initiatives for it’s Customer Quality and Engineering Services and that has forced me to relocate to Chennai.

A couple of months later, excitement doubled as Bill Scott hired my good friend and former Yahoo!, Victor Tsaran to lead accessibility initiatives across PayPal!

At PayPal, we probably have been able to build a small but very talented accessibility team wherein each member has an unique skill. The team consist of a design expert (Cathy), two rock star engineers (Dennis Lembree and Nawaz Khan among Victor and myself.

At PayPal, what I liked the most is encouragement from leadership for any innovative idea that we come up with. They just not only encourage us to do the work but also involve as much as they can and dive into details. It was wonderful that I have been able to work on multiple projects.

Another exciting part of PayPal is that innovative projects gets open sourced and help community at large. Accessibility team, in last 2.5 years have released four such projects including:

I would like to call out Dennis and Nawaz for their wonderful contributions for above projects and of course Victor is certainly partner in this crime with his great ideas 🙂

In addition, we have also built an internal application for our colleagues to run accessibility tests and that has received tremendous response from across the organization.

We were also able to position ourselves representing in several conferences related to Accessibility including popular events like CSUN and Techshare India.

Well, there are many more great moments at PayPal and with mixed feelings, I have made a tough decision to put a pause to my journey at PayPal and 19th September, 2014 would be my last working day.

There is absolutely no reason as to why I’m leaving PayPal. It’s just that I have decided to explore another opportunity in service industry. Yes, I will be joining HCL Technologies later this month. eBay Inc in general and PayPal in particular is absolutely a great place to work with!

I take this opportunity to thank leadership, coworkers and everyone at PayPal and eBay for making my stint a pleasant one. In particular, I wish my mighty accessibility team all the best; I’m sure guys, you inspire a lot more in the community and looking forward to see more wonderful projects from PayPal.

Best wishes,

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Three years at Yahoo!

April 8, 2012 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

My journey at Yahoo! came to an end last week as part of layoffs. So I thought, let me pen few of memories for three years.

Honestly, it was an amazing, fun filled and encouraging experience for me. Thanks to Sandeep Datar, who found me on LinkedIn and offered me a challenging assignment to build Yahoo!’s second Accessibility lab in their Bangalore office. It took about three months for me get the lab ready to be inaugurated and I have used that chance to not just coordinate to bring up the accessibility lab, but to educate several personnel about what are the kind of products they are procuring and what this lab is all about. It was nice to see the smile and excitment on their faces and they were in fact, so happy that they get to know about several unique products.

Just before the launch of the accessibility lab, we have organized a trip to a few non profit organizations for employees to enable them to understand the world of disability and how they could as well be part of main stream world.

Further, the busy life has started in terms of training engineers and QA teams about accessibility and evaluation of the products for accessibility. Some times, it was not so easy to get attention of product owners towards accessibility, but many times, we got a very encouraging support. All that I believe, no engineer or product owners would intend to build inaccessible products, it’s just they need to know why they should care about accessibility and as accessibility advocates, it’s our responsibility to create that awareness. What I have realized is that, no matter, how much you speak and provider lecture, folks could only understand, when you give the simulations of experiences. What I liked at Yahoo! India office in particular is the support and encouragement we receive from the management. I never got a nagative response to organize any event related to accessibility.

While I was at Yahoo!, I have also got an opportunity to be part of the Disability Working Committee of the NASSCOM Foundation and the National Advisory Board of The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) India. With these partnerships, we have also organized a workshop on Web accessibility in association with W3C India and Yahoo! Thanks to Victor Tsaran, who was the keynote speaker and all others who were part of it.

Other few memories are been able to play a good show at Techshare India 2010 and happy to see Yahoo! winning the NCPEDP MphasiS Universal Design Award.

It was amazing to partner with teams in South East Asia and China and particularly happy for the association we had to make Yahoo! Messenger accessible. Hope the good work continues…

Thanks to Sandeep Datar and all who supported me to win the Yahoo! Ratna Award, the highest recognition at Yahoo! India. Not to forget the great support I have received from Victor Tsaran (Hey Victor, I will continue to call you at late at nights!).

It was also nice to get opportunities to present at prestigious conferences like Techshare India and CSUN. also, it was nice to see that during accessibility at Yahoo! has grown to a large extent including launch of Yahoo! Accessibility Blog and other social channels.

Wish Yahoo! continue the good work on Accessibility.

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Website under maintainance

December 13, 2009 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Thank you for being on our site!

We are upgrading our servers and enhancing our website with new feel, look and content. Adding a few more sections. Expecting to be back by 24th December, 2009

We regret for any inconvenience caused; meanwhile, you can write to us at

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