Friday, 17 October 2014

Prakat and Inclusivity

Avalanche of devices, technologies, software, applications and choices — the world has taken a deep plunge into these, befuddling itself with what to choose, how to choose, what to use and how to use. While we engage ourselves in this techno-fun transformation, some, no, many miss these. Or rather, the fun misses them. Who are they? Naturally, they are amidst us: People with visual, auditory, cognitive and age related challenges.

Integration of technology into life may well cosset the fundamental, legal and social inclusivity of people with disabilities. Yet, technology has to travel miles ahead to make itself available — accessible to people transcending abilities, border, margins and economy. This limitless journey — be it infrastructural, environmental or digital — across all sections, scooping everyone into its cup, is what we call accessibility. In other words, making the infrastructure, environment and technology available to all is what we call accessibility.

Prakat — A technology Solutions company — strongly commits itself to a responsible business, incorporating inclusivity and accessibility, the subset of inclusivity, into all its solutions. We proliferate accessibility through accessibility compliance testing for web sites and applications. Thus we push the technology to empower and enable people with disabilities to participate in the social construction through equality, education and employment.

We, at Prakat, strongly uphold that accessibility is not a garage where we repair solutions for their availability. But it is the way of things and life. Hence we incorporate it in the design phase itself through universal design or inclusive design of a website or an application. So, later there is no fine-tuning of the engines, no tinkering or even painting when it comes to accessibility.

Our commitment towards accessibility and inclusivity has more finality as our evaluators are the real business users who are challenged some or other way. We have realized and recognized their skills and the so far unleashed potential, thus adding diversity and talent to our work space.

In an attempt to spread inclusivity and accessibility widely, we have been sharing our knowledge in accessibility assurance. Through the partnership model between organizations like Mitrajyothi, Bangalore and ourselves, we have developed and conducted training programs on accessibility assurance for people with disabilities. Our training programs aim at creating the niche talent pool for niche accessibility assurance market across IT organizations. Transcending our business goals, these training programs have seen to that these trainees get placed in IT majors like TCS and Cisco.

In our clarion call to envision an accessible future, we aim to promulgate inclusivity and accessibility much louder than ever to the world of innovators, ideators, manufacturers and service providers. Using the social media as our platform, we vow to create awareness, promote inclusivity and share ideas, thoughts and tricks and tips in accessibility. We welcome our readers to participate in our effort through your valuable thoughts, suggestions, comments and ideas and even constructive criticisms. This is our small effort in the making a larger, wider and an inclusive universe for all. Come and join us in this promising and challenging journey!


6 comments:

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  2. ice to see the Inclusivity Blog. At Prakat we think this should be a way of life and we plan to contribute to that by assuring technology is accessible to everyone.

    This blog is just the start and hopefully develops into a community to share thoughts on how to make an inclusive and accessible future.

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  3. Hi Satish, A good start, informative. Hopefully we will have more additions and updates to the Prakat Blog.

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  4. wanted to Share this article.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/04/tech-kidentrepreneur-idUSL1N0SU08L20141104

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  5. Want to know more about 'Accessibility Testing Software',
    Hey look at the comparisons in http://ausweb.scu.edu.au/aw03/papers/arch/paper.html...

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  6. AccVerify 4.9 HiSoftware http://www.hisoftware.com
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    Sathish,Have you worked on any of these, which is good the pros and cons...

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