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25 November, 2016 Ramya Venkitesh

Why testing with people with disabilities is important?

The terms usability and accessibility though closely related are often confused. A technically accessible product does not necessarily imply that it is usable, especially for people with disabilities who use various assistive technology. While accessibility refers to providing access a product, website, or an application to all including people with disabilities, usability is a measure…

7 November, 2016 Shilpi Kapoor

Explaining the Marrakesh Treaty for publishers and disability people’s organizations.

As per the the World Health Organization, there are around 285 million blind and people with visual impairment in the world, of which 90 per cent live in developing countries. As per the World Blind Union, of the million books published every year in the world, less than 10 per cent are made available in…

21 October, 2016 Shilpi Kapoor

Is there a case for an accessible E-book using the EPUB3 standard?

The case for providing an e-book has already been made, and publishers have already started to address this market! The question now to be asked is whether there is a case for an accessible e-book using the epub3 standard rather than just an e-book which can be enjoyed by people with disabilities also. “As an…

12 October, 2016 Shilpi Kapoor

Is Braille the only accessible format?

Access to information is one of the key barriers faced by people with disabilities! Accessible format or alternate format is a broad term to ensure that the information, book, file, video, audio or any content that you provide is accessible to people with disabilities also. In simple terms, it means providing information access in the…

20 July, 2016 Ramya Venkitesh

Retinitis Pigmentosa and Assistive Technology Solutions

What is Retinitis Pigmentosa? According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is a group of genetic disorders that affect the retina’s ability to respond to light. RP often runs in the family and the degree of vision varies from person to person. A person with RP experiences a decrease in the night…

25 May, 2016 Shilpi Kapoor

How we inspire Accessibility Professionals at BarrierBreak!

As an entrepreneur, one of the three P’s of growing an organization is People. BarrierBreak aims to create a limitless future for people with disabilities by using technology as an enabler. Our aim is to assist organizations to make their technology accessible to people with disabilities. You would ask, how do you help organizations to be accessible?…

5 April, 2016 Shilpi Kapoor

Braille Labels as Adaption – 14 ways in the Workplace

So many organizations have started focusing on hiring people with visual impairment. Though not every person with visual impairment can read braille, that doesn’t mean we should ignore it! Often adaption is small things that make it possible for a person to do something independently and braille labels are one such simple tool to explore!…