Indian Government Makes 6,000 of its Websites Accessible

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The government of India plans to make 6,000 government websites accessible to persons with disabilities, as part of its Accessibility India Campaign. 3,000 of these websites are set to become accessible within one year. The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities will also develop its own web portal as part of this process which will include “circulars, notifications, skill development for PwDs, employment generation, disability encyclopedia and discussion form.”

This is an initiative of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (created in 2012), part of the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, in collaboration with ERNET India, “an autonomous scientific society” that is part of the Department of Information Technology. ERNET is in charge of identifying ways in which the government can make these websites accessible to people with different types of disabilities, acting as web auditors in this process. ERNET not only connects India with one of the country’s largest networks, but its employees also serve as consultants, managers, and trainers, among other roles.

The websites will meet the following standard set by the International Organization for Standardization: ISO/IEC 40500: 2012, Information Technology W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

Source: dna India, Diligent Media Corporation Ltd.