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Re: Proposed National Policy on Online Accessibility forIndia


From: Cynthia Waddell
Date: Oct 29, 2008 1:00PM

Dear Rahul:
Will you be participating in the United Nations Internet Governance Forum
(IGF) scheduled to be held in Hyderabad, India in December? I would like to
assist you in your effort for a proposed national policy on online
accessibility for India.

I will be in Hyderabad speaking at IGF at a number of workshops, including
one by the United Nations, the International Telecommunication Union, the
Council of Europe and the Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability.
What is the status of this proposed policy? The Dynamic Coalition may be a
good place to network.

Best regards,
Cynthia Waddell

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-----Original Message-----
From: Rahul Gonsalves [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 9:09 PM
To: <EMAIL REMOVED> ; WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Proposed National Policy on Online Accessibility

Hi Tom,

On 28-Oct-08, at 7:20 PM, Tom Babinszki wrote:

> I certainly support any initiatives which aim at creating national
> policies. I have related experience in the United States and in
> South East Asia.
> I definitely would like to learn more about your initiative. Please
> feel free to contact me with more details.

The primary purpose of starting this initiative is to get the
government of India to begin thinking about issues of electronic
accessibility, as there seems little or no work done in this area.

I envision that the policy will end up not too different from either
the Canadian or Australian guidelines, mandating that public sector
websites be made accessible, and suggesting guidelines for private
sector websites to follow/creating a standard by which they may be
held to in a court of law.

I look forward to your suggestions and support.

- Rahul.