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Author: Shilpi Kapoor

28 October, 2020

Why outsource rather than hire in-house accessibility testing teams?

As the numerous companies are building their accessibility teams today we find that 8 out of 10 cooperates are making the decision between hiring in-house teams versus outsourcing. The decision is slightly more complex than an either or situation. Often the decision is based on product spread, headcount and budget.  I believe that a strategically…

30 September, 2020

Mentorship — A gap for Assistive Technology Startups

In 2004, when I got funded by Aavishkaar, honestly I didn’t know much of the social enterprise or the venture capitalist world. I didn’t even know what it meant to have an investor. Was fortunate to have Aavishkaar & Vineet Rai believe in the idea of BarrierBreak & my own family who was willing to back the idea…

28 September, 2020

Launching the BarrierBreak Assistive Technology Startup Mentorship Program

BarrierBreak is proud to announce the 3 month Assistive Technology Startup (ATS) Mentorship Program to assist startup founders focusing on solutions for people with disabilities. The ATS Mentorship Program will help startups identify & solve for their  focus areas. What we bring to the table is the deep knowledge of the disability sector, market understanding…

15 September, 2020

Accessibility is Global — Accessibility Champions beyond the US

My first CSUN was in 2004 and I think I was the only Indian there. If you don’t know CSUN, it is probably “the conference” you wanted to attend if you were working in Accessibility. Though I had been working with disability & accessibility since 1995, the feeling of being outside the “community” was something that intimidated…

9 September, 2020

Choosing a generalist software testing firm versus an accessibility testing firm

Looking for an accessibility testing firm is often a hurdle that organizations encounter. There are numerous software testing firms who also offer accessibility testing and then you will find that there are specialized firms that focus on accessibility testing. How do you evaluate what is better? Some factors to consider when evaluating an offshore accessibility…

2 September, 2020

The ‘Why’ of having an Independent Accessibility Testing vendor? – Offshore Accessibility

In 2020, offshoring is not new to the industry and even to your organization. It is highly probable that your company already has one or even multiple preferred offshore development vendor that work across multiple divisions & projects. An obvious choice would be to just have them conduct accessibility testing for a products or websites…

21 May, 2020

Accessible Components Released on GAAD

The Idea behind a component is creating re-usable code. Now wearing my accessibility hat, I would say should components be accessible! Simple principle, ensure your components or component libraries are accessible, so one can build accessible websites and apps! So why don’t we ensure that every component that we use is accessible? If components are…

8 April, 2020

Top 3 reasons why Accessibility is critical for Edtech companies to adopt?

Accessibility is no longer an option for Edtech companies! If you are in the edtech space, then it’s time you adopt Accessibility and fast! Let me explain why! The adoption of technology in the education sector has seen a steep & unprecedented acceleration and it is a growth opportunity for the Edtech companies. It feels…