Print this page

Techshare India - An Initiative of BarrierBreak


Assistive Technology Works Wonders for Simplifying the Lives of Persons with Disabilities

Tell a Friend

Techshare India series highlights the role of technology in enriching the lives of people with disabilities and showcases how technology can be used by them to access education, information and employment. G3ict is a proud supporting partner to the event, scheduled to be held on February 13-14, 2014 in New Delhi, India.
Blind students enjoying computer games at Techshare India 2012
Image: Blind students enjoy playing computer games at Techshare India 2012. Photo courtesy Techshare India

Right to accessible ICTs for persons with disabilities in India is a complex issue. In a country which has over 21 million persons living with one or more forms of disability (2001 Census of India), accessibiltiy and inclusion still don't receive the attention mandated by law. Persons with disabilities are still facing challenges in all walks of life. Right from access to transportation, education, employment, to independent living and performing routine tasks like shopping, watching a movie or accessing an ATM. Assistive technology can help remove the barriers that people with disabilities face.

Today, we have a wide range of assistive technology that is available in India. For instance, we have communications devices that can assist a person with speech impairment at the press of a button, scan and read tools that can help persons who are blind or visually impaired, assistive listening devices that can assist persons with hearing impairment, or eye gaze solutions that can help persons with physical disabilities or motor impairments to access computers. Technology works wonders and simple solutions can make a great impact in the life of people with disabilities. 

Though a wide range of assistive technology products are available, in the case of persons with disabilities, two factors act as barriers: a) Often they might not be able to afford the cost of communication and assitive devices, and b) These technology solutions are not available at places where they are most needed: in schools and colleges, libraries, resource centers, government institutions, public sector banks and financial services institutions, as well as cultural venues such as museums.

The aim of BarrierBreak in conceptualizing and organizing the Techshare India conference and showcase is to bring together the entire ecosystem of disability stakeholders - the government, the corporates, the NGOs, the disabled, the product companies and the education providers - under one roof.

About Techshare India 2014

BarrierBreak brings the fourth edition of Techshare India in partnership with National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) and Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), UK. Techshare India 2014, to be held on February 13-14, 2014 at New Delhi, is a conference and exhibition discussing accessibility and assistive technology at a national level with international participation. Microsoft is our main sponsor. Other supporters include NIXI, PayPal, CBM, Adobe, NASSCOM Foundation, Accenture, and G3ict - The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs.

This year's theme is, ‘Innovate - Adapt – Evolve’ under the subject areas of education, employability, accessible technology, and law, policies & standards. Topics include ‘computer literacy for children with disability,’ ‘employability for persons with severe disability through integrated solutions,’ ‘training using Videos – an approach to include deaf, hard of hearing, visually impaired and learning impaired’, ‘next steps on the National Policy on Electronic Universal Accessibility,’ and many more. Check out the 2014 Techshare India agenda
In addition, Techshare India 2014 will host a showcase that would have exhibitors from around the world showcasing the latest assistive technology products for a range of disabilities. Entry to the exhibition is free and open to all. An Inclusive Science Lab and an Inclusive Librarywould be the main highlights of this exhibition.


Related Resources

Blog: The Transition from Accessibility to Universal Access | Read Robert Pearson's Article.
Publication: The ICT Opportunity for a Disability-Inclusive Development Framework | Download PDF.
Event: G3ict ICT Accessibility Week India - February 13 - 21, 2014, New Delhi and Mumbai | View Event Details.