National Accessibility Policy for India

The recognition that the right to information is fundamental has succeeded in bringing to the fore several issues relating to accessibility of disabled persons in the field of internet and technology. The dynamic nature of the web makes it imperative to define boundaries and set standards to ensure equal access and participation by all groups in society. Article 9 of the UNCRPD imposes a duty on states to ensure that persons with disabilities have equal access to information and information technologies. Given the Potential of the internet to radically transform the lives of disabled persons, it is distressing to find that the Government of India has not taken steps to ensure inclusion of compliance with web accessibility standards as part of her national policy for ensuring universal access and participation. The W3C has created Web Content Accessibility Guidelines to aid web developers in creating accessible sites. Despite the lapse of a year since India ratified the UNCRPD, nothing has been done in this direction. We the undersigned strongly urge the Indian Government to adopt a national web accessibility standard

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