Centre starts initiative to make 100 websites disabled friendly

To empower the disabled in India, 100 websites of various state governments and union territories under the Accessible India Campaign were launched by the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot. This was on the occasion of ‘National Conference on Improving Accessibility’.

Conference held to sensitise different organisations, including state government officials

Accessible websites are those in which the disabled can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and can also contribute to it. A ‘Website Accessibility Project’ under the Accessible India Campaign through ERNET India, which is an independent scientific society under the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) has been launched to make total 917 websites accessible and providing funds for the same.

A government statement also said that accessible Website Design Principles include providing appropriate alternative text, caption video, transcripts for audio, making all documents accessible and the content is structured, clearly written and easy to read.

The aim of the conference is to make a barrier free environment for the disabled all over the country to enable them to lead a safe and dignified life

So far 5800 camps for distribution of assistive device to the disabled have been organised.

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