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Published on December 4th, 2012

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Mumbai Police website to be disabled-friendly

First police force in India to adopt disabled-friendly approach via its website; screen readers and videos will make access easier.
by The Editors | editor@themetrognome.in

How often have we accused our Government and even our society of not being sensitive enough to the needs of disabled persons in the country? Where physical infrastructure like buildings and transport are designed for people with ‘normal’ abilities, even the technology available in the market today does not take into account the needs of Persons with Disabilities (Pwd). But the Mumbai Police are set to do something about this.

Yesterday, on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Mumbai Police announced that its website www.mumbaipolice.org would soon be made accessible and user-friendly for PwD. Mumbai Police Commissioner Dr Satyapal Singh made the announcement in Mumbai yesterday. NASSCOM and BarrierBreak Technologies would work on the project. “The Mumbai Police website would soon be accessible to persons with all disabilities, including the deaf and blind. The website will allow visually-impaired to access information using screen readers, while the hearing impaired will be provided access to videos.”

Contending that PwD must also avail of the services offered by the Mumbai Police, Rajiv Vaishnav, Vice President of NASSCOM, said, “Working with Mumbai Police on this project is a part of bringing technology closer to PwD and making information relevant and useful to them.” He added that the website would conform to international standards like Web Content Accessibility Guideline 2.0.

(Pictures courtesy in.com and guardian.co.uk)

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