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Srinivasu Chakravarthula, CPWA (CPACC + WAS), DHS Trusted Tester

Using appropriate elements in blog posts

Most often, I see blog posts where blogs without use of appropriate elements such as headings, tables etc. So thought let me write some tips that one should consider while writing a blog post. Never copy and paste from a word processing document or internet page Use appropriate heading structure if your post has sub sections; for instance, ideally, your post name would be heading level 1 and uses <h1> so next level heading would be <h2> and next level to <h2> would be <h3> and so on. If you insert an informative image; don’t forget to add text description…

How to grab a career opportunity?

This article is generic but also, include tips for people with disabilities. A few years back, for people with disabilities, it was a big challenge to get an employment in spite having extreme qualifications and that was just due to lack of awareness. Employers were not sure, what kind of jobs they could offer to people with disabilities and not sure, if they had to make any modifications in work place and rules. Also, there were not many people with disabilities of such kind with good education. But today, thanks to the advancement of technology, the scenario is almost changed…

How social networking is useful?

It’s been some time, whole world talk a lot about Social Networking. I thought let me share my personal experience with different social networks. LinkedIn LinkedIn is a professional social networking site and I think, almost every professional use it a lot. Using LinkedIn, one can find people in relevant industry, career opportunities, get information about events of interest, get and share knowledge through it’s groups and much more! Here is how I got benefited by LinedIn: When there was an opportunity at Yahoo!, a hiring Manager connected with me on LinkedIn and asked if I know anyone in the…

Touching Poem

Thanks to my friend, Firoz who posted below into a mailing list! I went to a party Mom, I remembered what you said. You told me not to drink, Mom, So I drank soda instead. I really felt proud inside, Mom, The way you said I would. I didn’t drink and drive, Mom, Even though the others said I should. I know I did the right thing, Mom, I know you are always right. Now the party is finally ending, Mom, As everyone is driving out of sight. As I got into my car, Mom, I knew I’d get home…

How the visually impaired can use a Computer?

Most often, people have a question – can a blind person use a computer? If so, do they need a special keyboard or a special computer? Before answering this question, let me take an example of a typist who never looks at the keyboard but can type with speed and accuracy. How is it possible? Practice! Yes, it’s the same in case of people with vision impairment. They just need to be trained. They do not require a special computer – all that they need is assistive technologies. Firstly, let us understand that vision impairment is of two categories: Total…

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. Update: Although, still there are many organizations who need to improve way they function, it’s heartening to see there are several organizations that are putting in great efforts in spite of pendamic situation of COVID-19. Many organizations are leveraging on technology and doing their best to empower people with disabilities. There are a lot of innovations taking place by organization. For example, The National Association for the Blind, India have published videos about how one…

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.