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Re: Proposed National Policy on Online Accessibility forIndia

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From: Rahul Gonsalves
Date: Oct 30, 2008 3:20AM


Dear Cynthia,

On 30-Oct-08, at 12:33 AM, Cynthia Waddell wrote:

> 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 would have liked to attend the IGF, but am not sure about my
schedule. However Nirmita Narasimhan, at the Centre for Internet and
Society [1], who is a partner in this policy endeavour, has confirmed
her attendance.

> 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.

At the moment, we are very much in the formative stages - I have some
small experience with web accessibility and no experience on building
a national-level policy. I will shortly be sending out an email asking
for help and suggestions on how best to take this forward - I see this
ideally moving forward as a strong community effort.

I look forward to your support - at the moment, the best way to
participate in this process is to join the e-Access Google Group [2].

Best,
- Rahul.

[1] http://cis-india.org/
[2] http://groups.google.com/group/e-access/