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28 October, 2020 Shilpi Kapoor

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…

21 October, 2020 Tanvi Dalvi

How would inclusive design help your organisation?

Limited awareness of people has constrained the use of the term ‘inclusion’ majorly with respect to culture, education and politics.  This has often led to the neglection of the importance of this term relating to the usability of many products and services for people with disabilities.   Inclusive design requires a change in the usual pattern of thinking. It therefore widens and ensures the reach and accessibility of mainstream products and services to…

14 October, 2020 Ramya Venkitesh

How can Edtech Startups benefit from adopting Accessibility?

Looking at the market opportunity, we have seen a surge in EdTech start-ups constantly introducing cutting edge technologies and learning methods to improve the overall experience for students as well as educators. However, the technologies that are being increasingly integrated into education can make life more difficult for some population groups which include people with…

7 October, 2020 Anil Kumar

5 Free Must Have Web Accessibility Testing Tools

In today’s COVID times, all our day-to-day activities have moved online. The need to make the solutions accessible is increasing as more and more activities are moving online. In this post, we will learn about 5 free accessibility testing tools that will help to create accessible web experiences! Testing your product or websites to check…

30 September, 2020 Shilpi Kapoor

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 Shilpi Kapoor

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…

23 September, 2020 Salim Khan

Should I create a VPAT for my technology product?

Often the organization are in a dilemma that they should create VPAT for the product or not? In this blog we are trying to answer this question, so let us first start with understanding what VPAT is all about. What is a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)?  A VPAT is a document about the accessibility of a product conforming to…

15 September, 2020 Shilpi Kapoor

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…