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From: deborah.kaplan@suberic.net
Date: Jul 31, 2015 2:40PM


Bevi Chagnon wrote:

> The concept of accessibility isn't even known in those overseas countries—there are no curb cuts, wheelchair ramps or other basic accessible features in their built environment, let alone in their software. And their western corporate bosses haven't told the programming teams that accessibility is required.

To be fair, the only country-specific accessibility community groups affiliated with the W3C are for India and China.

https://www.w3.org/community/accessibilityinindia/
https://www.w3.org/community/cnwa/

From the Indian site's blog, I learned that

* the government websites are supposed to become accessible,
* the government has launched "“Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan)” as a nation-wide flagship campaign for achieving universal accessibility for PwDs"
* The theme of Techshare India 2016 is "Towards Digital Inclusion"
* There's a monthly Inclusive Design & Accessibility Meetup in Hyderabad

Which is not the same thing as the concept not even being known.

My company currently explictly outsources a fair amount of accessibility testing to a huge Indian shop which does accesibility testing, as well as web development and QA, for small-to-huge companies around the world.

Sure, accessibility is more integrated in the richer nations; that's only logical. But outsourced devs and designers who are thoroughly ignorant or apathetic about accessibility are exactly the same in richer as in poorer nations; hold them and their managers acountable, not their countries or cultures.


Deborah Kaplan