Make India digitally accessible to help differently-abled

Make India digitally accessible to help differently-abled

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Parnika Sharma started this petition to ministry of social justice and empowerment and

With COVID-19 lockdown, we all are working from home. I am Parnika Sharma, a 5th grader studying at an  international school in Noida. For the first time, I am exposed to a daylong set of online and offline learning sessions. I am using a lot of apps, right from connecting with friends, keeping myself occupied through educational and entertainment videos and apps.  When some apps are easy to navigate and fast, I feel excited to use more. At other times, I feel annoyed. It is at this time, I had the opportunity to interact with a visually impaired accessibility testing engineer at QA InfoTech office in Noida and inquired about digital accessibility. I then understood how people with disabilities, especially the visually and auditory disabled, completely rely on applications that are accessible to carry on their day to day work. I learnt about accessibility assistive tools commonly called as Screen Readers (JAWS, Narrator, NVDA etc) that they use to interact with the computer. I tried to access some of the applications using Narrator with my eyes closed and realized that they are not accessible. I could imagine what it would be like for the differently-abled to access such web or mobile applications. That is when I had this idea to help them by creating a petition on change.org and requesting government to make it mandatory for all web or mobile applications launched in India to be accessible by all differently-abled. This petition will also help in creating awareness among citizens of India. We are proud under our honorable Prime Minister Modi Ji’s leadership to make everything “Made in India” and Indians are very smart in software development. Can we not make all web and mobile apps accessible too – will that not be wonderful to make the experience better and help make the lives of the differently-abled colorful? COVID-19 is teaching us a lot of things – to be kind, considerate to others – my way of show casing this is to request for all web and mobile apps to be accessible – My parents tell me that approx. 8% of the world’s population are differently-abled. Imagine the change we can bring in their lives by being open minded and taking a pledge to use only apps that are accessible. Please join me in signing this online petition supporting this pledge. As we come out of COVID-19, this would be a marked difference in the lives of many and this would be an important contribution we made during this lockdown. 

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