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Srinivasu Chakravarthula, CPWA (CPACC + WAS)

Online Banking Exam and need of a scribe?

Today, I saw a posting on one of the mailing lists in India requesting for a scribe to write an examination for visually impaired. There’s no surprise in it, but what made me to feel surprised is that the candidates has to appear a bank examination conducted online!! If the examination is conducted online, why should there be a need for a scribe? While I have investigated further, I am yet to get complete information but it appears either bank examination centre do not equip with Assistive Technologies or Examination system is not accessible and hence candidate is looking for…

My experience at Puttaparthi

Recently, I have visited Prashanthi Nilayam, Ashram of Sri. Sathya Sai Baba at Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh. What a beautiful campus it is. However, I do have a mixed experience but more of the positive side. Let me share what I felt. Firstly, I thank my sister-in-law Mrs. Subbalakshmi and her daughter Chi. Teju, who had come all the way from Vizag and insisted me to come and see them since I live just about 4 hours away by road. I have investigated the route and did a good amount of research on their website to learn as much information as…

How would I want to see disability organizations in India? – a personal prospective

Disclaimer: Views expressed on this post are of my personal and does not reflect views of my employer and do not intend to hurt anyone. In general, disability organizations play an innovative role in the rehabilitation process of persons with disabilities. Let’s analyze the situations for last two decades. Early 90’s there was almost no awareness towards disability and when someone see a disability, they just show sympathy towards them and go away. Lately, a few organizations started working to rehabilitate people with disabilities by providing self employment activities such as re-caning of the chairs, candle making etc. Late 90’s…

How to send an email using Yahoo! Mail

Hello All: I have received a few requests that they would like to know how to send an email using Yahoo! Mail using Screen reader and thought let me share with everyone. In the below explanation, I have used Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) as my screen reader; however, they should work in the same with other screen readers. Log in to Yahoo! Mail using user name and password Choose Button “New” and press space bar to activate Press “E”till you reach “To” edit box and type the E-mail address of the recipient Press Tab and you will reach “CC” and…

CSUN 2010

CSUN 2010 is another great conference in area of accessibility and assistive technologies at San Diego, CA from 22nd March through 27th March, 2010. Be there to meet our Yahoo! team and see our presentations. Also, there would be some surprise waiting for you. Hope to see you there.

My experience at Techshare India 2010

Techshare India 2010 was another unique experience and an excellent platform to network, learn and share! I have reached Delhi on 14thFebruary, 2010 (hmm. enjoyed business class flight in spite having economy class flight due to overbooking of the flight!) and visited India Habitat Centre in the evening; it was pleasure to meet whole gang of my BarrierBreak friends! Charminar area was full of working going on and getting ready for Techshare India 2010. Again, it was fun to be with Sachin Verma of EmployAbility who was putting Braille labels in the lifts! 15th February, with fellow Yahoos, I have…

Techshare India 2010 – An Accessibility Conference and Assistive Technology Exhibition in India for 2nd time!

Techshare India was organized for the first time in India during February, 2008 by BarrierBreak Technologies in partnership with Royal National Institute of the Blind People and received a fantastic response with around 400 delegates, huge number of visitors saw the assistive technology exhibition. That was beginning of more innovations in India from technology prospective and I believe that has created a path towards everyone talking about accessibility in India. With great response received for the conference, Techshare India was also taken to Mumbai and Bangalore as roadshows! Now, for the 2nd time, Techshare India 2010 is being organized on…