Europe’s Biggest Technology Event “Techshare India 2010″ to Promote Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities inaugurated in Delhi

By · February 16, 2010 · Filed in Assistive Technology Articles

Saw this come across the wire this morning….

Techshare is India’s only Pan-Disability Conference and Exhibition

New Delhi, Delhi, February 15, 2010 /India PRwire/ — Techshare India 2010, India’s only technology conference and exhibition to promote assistive technology for people with disabilities was today inaugurated by Shri. Mukul Wasnik, Hon’ble Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment. The 2 day event show cases accessible products and technologies for people with disabilities. Brought to India by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (UK), BarrierBreak Technologies and National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP), Techshare is one of Europe’s biggest technology events to promote accessible technology for people with disabilities.

The only activity of its kind in India, Techshare India 2010 highlights the importance of implementing accessibility standards and complying with different accessibilities laws. Techshare India 2010 also exhibits and showcase IT products and services that will allow visitors to browse through the latest in assistive technologies for people with disabilities. The exhibition showcases the role of technology in the lives of people with disabilities. In addition, web accessibility, software accessibility and accessibility on the move for mobiles and PDAs are displayed.

One of the highlights of the event is an experiential lab where visitors can get a first hand feel of what it is to have a disability and the role that assistive technology can play in the life of people with disabilities.

Speaking on the occasion, the Hon’ble Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Mukul Wasnik shared his perspective on the importance of an event like Techshare India 2010. He stressed upon the importance of making the environment inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities.

Ms. Shilpi Kapoor, Managing Director, BarrierBreak Technologies, said, “Today technology is playing a vital role in the life of people and has become a necessity but unfortunately it is equally not accessible to all – especially to people with disabilities.” “Assistive technology needs to be made available at the formative years which will empower people with disabilities to join the mainstream,” she added.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Kevin Carey, Chair, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) said, “The key is work together, not throw rocks at each other: Disabled people, governments, industry and commerce, now need to work together to make the promises of the convention real. To find solutions to help industry and commerce design better inclusive Information and Communication Technologies, to find way of getting better adaptive technology into people’s hands, and help people develop the new skills they need.”

Mr. Javed Abidi, Director, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) expressed his sentiments on the subject and said, “It is very well to have conferences and seminars and meetings, where wonderful things are said and promises made. But what is the ground reality? India has been callous in this area. A blind person can’t use an ATM. Nor can he operate a washing machine or a microwave. He cannot watch his favorite show on T.V. with the help of a digital set-top box. It is not that such assistive goods or the technology is not there. The available/ appropriate technology is not applied. As a result, the goods that one needs for day to day life are not accessible or disabled- friendly. Leave alone a policy, India has not even done enough thinking in this regard.”

Dr. P. Anandan, Managing Director – Microsoft Research Lab India, in his keynote address, said, “To ensure inclusive growth in society, it is imperative to integrate people with special abilities into the mainstream. Technology can go a long way in empowering the specially-abled and help them realize their aspirations. A fundamental consideration for us is to fully integrate accessibility options into every stage in the product lifecycle, from product research, planning, design and development, to testing. Microsoft is committed towards continuously innovating to facilitate the next-generation of accessible technology.”

The two day exhibition and conference has witnessed participation from more than 500 delegates from government and non-profit organizations, educational institutes and corporate sectors from across the globe; where more than 50 speakers will address the issues related to accessibility standards and law. The exhibition has more than 40 stalls with a display of almost 100 different IT hardware and software products and services for people with disabilities.

Some of the key speakers at the conference include Mr. Javed Abidi, Honorary Director, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP), Mr. Kevin Carey, Chair, Royal National Institute of Blind People (UK), Dr. P. Anandan, Managing Director, Microsoft Research, Mr. Om Deshmukh, Research Scientist, IBM India Pvt Ltd; Ms. Janaki Pillai, Ability Foundation among many others from government, non-profit, education institutes, and corporate from across the globe.

Notes to Editor

About Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB), UK:

RNIB is UK’s leading charity offering information, support and advice to over two million people with sight loss. Their pioneering work helps anyone with a sight problem – not just with braille and Talking Books, but with imaginative and practical solutions to everyday challenges. Their projects such as Talk and Support and Parent’s Place make a difference to people’s lives. They campaign extensively to eliminate avoidable sight loss and support research into the causes and latest treatments of eye disease.

About BarrierBreak Technologies:

BarrierBreak Technologies is an innovative firm that provides solutions in the field of Accessibility for People with Disabilities. BarrierBreak works with corporates, institutions and individuals to provide accessibility training, accessibility testing and accessibility consulting services that would empower people with disabilities to avoid discrimination and enjoy equal rights and opportunities.

About National (NCPEDP):

National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) is a non-profit voluntary organisation working as an interface between Government, Industry, International Agencies and the Voluntary Sector towards promotion of better employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

To know more about Techshare India 2010 – visit: www.barrierbreak.com

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