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Techshare India - An Initiative of BarrierBreak



02/04/2014

Techshare India – Innovating, Adapting and Evolving in the Space of Accessibility & Assistive Technology

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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. 

Image: School students with visual impairment participate in Techshare India 2010. Photo courtesy Techshare India

Image: School students with visual impairment participate in Techshare India 2010. Photo courtesy Techshare India

Techshare is a series of pan-disability assistive technology events conceived by RNIB, who host the UK events and assist other organizations hosting them in other countries. BarrierBreak brought Techshare to India for the first time in 2008, which helped set a benchmark in highlighting the issue of accessibility and the needs of people with disabilities in the country.

Techshare India 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.

In its first edition in 2008, Techshare highlighted the importance of implementing accessibility standards and complying with different accessibility laws. The conference allowed participants to share insights and knowledge; network with professionals in the field from around the world; and meet persons with disabilities working with assistive technology at the first known Experiential Lab. The platform witnessed multiple stakeholders, including the government, the corporate sector, NGOs, educationists, and the public come together for the first time under one roof to discuss the availability and use of technologies that aid and empower persons with disabilities.

Techshare India 2010 was inaugurated by Honorable Minister, Mr Mukul Wasnik, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment. The second edition brought many conversations to the forefront from web accessibility to digital talking books, from patient-moving hoists to accessible ATMs, from screen readers to sign language interpreter relay services, and AAC devices to reading writing tools.

The third edition of Techshare India 2012 explored how technology can enrich the lives of persons with disabilities.  The focus was on entertainment and how people with disabilities could enjoy the experience of watching television, movies, enjoying web based games, arcade games, or gaming devices. The two-day event concluded on a high note as it helped build awareness, identify needs and provide solutions, and implementation strategies to create an inclusive environment for persons with disabilities.

The main highlights of Techshare India are the presence of over 500 delegates and more than 50 speakers from around the world sharing case studies, knowledge and updates about assistive technology. The event has witnessed more than 2,000 visitors, including disabled, caretakers, and senior citizens over the last three editions.

The three main objectives of bringing Techshare to India was to increase awareness about accessibility, to offer a platform for knowledge sharing and to extend the use of assistive technology. The need to conduct a pan-disability event that would focus on the needs as well as rights of the disability community has resulted in Techshare India.

After 2008, 2010 and 2012, BarrierBreak brings Techshare India 2014 in partnership with the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) and Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), UK. The fourth edition of Techshare India also sees the support of G3ict – the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs.

For details on participation and agenda, please visit event website.

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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.

Resource: AT Centers Leadership Network | Learn More About the Initiative.