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Nominations are open for NCPEDP MphasiS Universal Design Awards 2018

Are you a person with disability and have done incredible work in the area of accessibility and universal design? Are you a working professional working towards the cause of building an inclusive society? Are you an organization believes in universal design and working towards it? Are you someone developed a product or service that works for all? If yes, you surely deserve to get recognized. Do apply / nominate for NCPEDP MphasiS Universal Design Awards 2018. This is a platform that recognizes those who contribute towards universal design. accessibility etc., Here is a brief note from NCPEDP. In order to…

@MSFTEnable – you rock! A quick experience with Microsoft Teams

I recently got introduced to Microsoft Teams at my workplace. I usually try anything that comes in my way. So as usual, I had set up and created groups that I want to use. Then I noticed team has different bots that a user can use and I chose to use “Secretary bot”. It was amazing and I play often with it. A couple of days later, I got a notification from “T bot” asking how that could help me. I wanted to check level of its intelligence so asked “Hey, are you accessible using screen reader?” and it fetched…

Thank you note on the occasion of Global Accessibility Awareness Day

On the eve of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, I would like to thank a few individuals and organizations who have helped and supported me to grow myself in the area of accessibility. Thank you The National Association for the Blind, Karnataka Branch, a place where I started thinking about web accessibility. It all began when we have built website for NAB Karnataka for the first time with so much of JavaScript, layout tables, images with no alt etc., Thanks BarrierBreak (then Net Systems Informatics (India) Pvt. Ltd.,) and Shilpi Kapoor, who showed me path to accessibility. This is where I…

Aadhaar Enrollment Experience – mostly positive but room for improvement

Finally, we got to enroll ourselves to get included with Unique Identification Authority of India at Indiranagar centre, Bangalore. Our experience is quite postive but needs improvement. Staff at the centre are very helpful, accommodate people with disabilities to best possible extent. Even they have filled out part of the form when we missed, courteous enough to ask Hema if she is able to use her fingers. Centre has enough place to sit and staff were really managing their time well. They were also helping citizens with desired information. Only problem though that they may not correctly know the web…

India is driving towards inclusion… STOP discrimination

On public mailing lists and social media, I have recently came across a few incidents of discrimination of people with disabilities that prompted me to write this post. First one is about Punjab National Bank, who is troubling a potential customer who happens to be blind to open a Bank account. In spite showing Circular issued by The Reserve Bank of India [PDF], bank has declined to open an account and provide facilities like Cheque Book, debit card etc., Bank says that they would require customer to sign on a declaration stating something only customer is responsible for safety of…

Button Shape feature on iOS 7 – very cool!

I wish I activated this button shape long back. This is very cool. One of the benefits I see it increases visuals for buttons across the apps and also underline text on buttons. To activate this option, go to: Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> turn ON button options. One issue Apple should fix is that contrast for cancel button on compose window of mail app. It appears as blue text on black when button shapes are turned-on. Screenshot below!

Techshare India and CSUN 2014

February and March 2014 will witness two important events in the Accessibility and Assistive Technology space. Here is a quick note about Techshare India 2014 (External link) and 29th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference by CSUN (External link) where my colleagues and I from PayPal will actively participate in. Techshare India PayPal is one of the proud sponsors for Techshare India 2014. During the event, we will be showcasing our open source initiatives, provide experience of our products and we are looking forward to interact with several users including people with disabilities. My colleague Nawaz Khan (External…

Accessibility is not just for blind, agreed… but we don’t have to blame!

When Google announced it’s course on Introduction to Web Accessibility for developers, I keep seeing tweets saying “Hey Google! Accessibility is not just for blind” etc., and I thought I should write my opinion here Please note that this blog is my personal and views expressed here are my own and does not represent my employer (PayPal, eBay Inc) or my past employers in anyway. Yes, I completely agree that Accessibility is not just about blind or screen readers and I advocate this too. Also, I do think from prospective of every disability and in fact, beyond disabilities as well…

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) May 9th – let’s mark it

Thanks to Jennison and Joe Devon, since 2012 world has marked May 9th as Global Accessibility Awareness Day and there were plenty of events took place last year across the world. This year too, there is a lot of momentum going on to mark GAAD. In India too, there are a few events taking place. PayPal Accessibility Team will be hosting a panel discussion on “Accessibility” at their office in Chennai. Please visit Event details and registration. Last date to register is 7th May 2013. Also, follow PayPal Accessibility Team on Twitter for updates. Thanks to Sunil Abraham and his…

Recap of International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2012

Greetings on the auspicious occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Hope you have read my earlier post asking plans to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities and today, I’ll be writing what I have done and some of the events I have noticed. I am quite happy that lot has been celebrated today that reflect the them for this year Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all. To recap: Hoenstly, I couldn’t plan much at my work as we are planning an event for January to create awareness about disability and accessibility; however,…