Friday, January 25, 2008

Event to Promote Accessible Technology for People with Disabilities Comes to India

Royal National Institute of the Blind (UK) and BarrierBreak Technologies today announced that they have partnered to bring to India Techshare, Europe’s biggest technology event to promote accessible technology for people with disabilities. In a joint statement released, they announced that Techshare India 2008 will be held in New Delhi on 4th and 5th February, 2008 at the India Habitat Centre.

In a first of it’s kind activity in India, Techshare India 2008 will highlight the importance of implementing accessibility standards and complying to different accessibilities law. In addition, Techshare India 2008 will also exhibit and showcase IT products and services that will allow visitors to browse through the latest in assistive technologies available. It will showcase the role of technology in the lives of people with disabilities, looking not just at web accessibility but also software accessibility, and accessibility on the move for mobiles and PDAs. One of the highlights of the event will be an experiential lab where every one can first hand feel what it is to have a disability.

Some of the key speakers at the conference will be Shadi Abou–Zahra from the World Wide Web Consortium, David Baquis, Accessibility Specialist, US Access Board; Omprakash Subarrao, Director Consulting Practices, Yahoo! India; Kenny Johar, Research, Architecture and Solutions Lead – Vision Australia; Lisa D. Friendly, Director, BookShare.org among others.

“Technology has revolutionized the way we live and work. Unfortunately, very little attention is paid towards making it accessible to all – especially people with disabilities?”, said Ms. Shilpi Kedia, Managing Director, BarrierBreak Technologies, Mumbai. “Techshare India 2008 will offer workshops and presentations on accessibility and draw upon the wisdom of people who have tremendous experience in the field,” she added.

Source: http://www.indiaenews.com/pressrelease/20080124/93577.htm

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