Thursday, 19 May 2016

Need for inclusivity in technology solutions – Global Accessibility May_19th_2016

Fort Worth, TX, Denver, CO and Bangalore, India:
According to the UN, 1 in 7 people in the world are differently challenged. As technology has
intruded every part of our life, technology companies need to be sensitive about creating products
and solutions which are accessible by everyone.
For example, **** which are commonly used mobile application based taxi services are
inaccessible by differently challenged people.
Prakat tested around 105 Karnataka Government websites and found that only eight of them
were accessible. Even the website belonging to The Commissioner of Disabilities was not
accessible – (See Appendix I).
Mitra Jyothi, Prakat Solutions and Rotary Koramangala conducted its second Global
Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) here in HSR layout, Bangalore. Eminent leaders from
technology companies like Wipro, Ebay, Intuit, Informatica, who are in the business of enabling
technology that interfaces with the general public, as well as social entrepreneurs from
organizations like Enable India and Mitra Jyoti, who work relentlessly for people with
disabilities, participated in a spirited panel discussion, emphasizing the need to be more
inclusive while developing technology solutions and broaden the discussion to bring awareness
about accessibility not just in technology, but also in other areas of life. The event was attended
by product architects, developers, testers from leading MNC's, celebrities from society, who
genuinely support the cause of accessibility.
According to Anu Biswas, CEO, Prakat Solutions - “Animals can be trained, only human
beings can be educated. It requires personal participation and transformation. Let us
together make Inclusivity and Accessibility a Way of life“
Panelists:
Madhu Singhal, Founder & Managing Trustee, Mitra Jyothi
Ms. Shanthi Raghavan, Enable India
Srinivasu Chakravarthula, Informatica
Dr. Nandakumar Ramakrishnan, Ebay
Abhinav Kumar, Managing Consultant, Wipro
Vishwajit Aklecha. Intuit
For More Information:
Preethi Balaji : +91 9686679634; preethi.balaji@prakat.com
http://www.prakat.com/GAAD ; facebook.com/prakatsolutions

About Global Accessibility Awareness Day
Global Accessibility Awareness Day is a community-driven effort whose goal is to focus one
day to raise the profile of digital (web, software, mobile app/device, touch screen kiosk, etc.)
accessibility and people with different disabilities.www.globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org
or http://prakat.com/gaad
About Prakat
Prakat is a Technology Solutions company that specializes in end-to-end testing, test-driven
Software Development, Cloud enablement and Accessibility Engineering. Prakat’s vision is to
build and deploy labs and resources specifically for each product company comprising of
Accessibility, Usability, Mobility and Cloud technologies.
Since its inception in 2009, Prakat has focused on its Accessibility Engineering practice and
has trained and employed many differently abled candidates who are Accessibility-ready.
Several of the differently abled candidates trained by Prakat have been deployed by leading
technology companies like SAP Labs.
Prakat Solutions, Inc. is based out of Denver, US and Bangalore, India.
Please visit www.prakat.com or email info@prakat.com.

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