A senior DEPwD official said the campaign targets three separate verticals for achieving universal accessibility, namely the built-up environment, transportation ecosystem and information and communication ecosystem.
The campaign has ambitious targets with defined timelines and will use IT and social media for spreading awareness and seeking engagement of various stakeholders.
“The department has also asked various state governments to identify about 50 to 100 public buildings in big cities and also identify citizen-centric public websites which, if made fully accessible, would have the highest impact on the lives of PwDs.
Once identified, ‘Access Audit’ of these buildings and websites will be conducted by professional agencies. As per the audit findings, retrofitting and conversion of buildings, transport and websites would be undertaken by various government departments,” the official said.
Officials said the DEPwD is collaborating with the ministries of home, health and family welfare and tourism, for creating accessible police stations, hospitals and tourist spots, respectively across the country.
The department is also coordinating with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for enhancing accessibility of television programmes by incorporating features like captioning, textto- speech and audio description.
Moreover, the DEPwD is also in the process of creating a mobile app along with a web portal for crowd-sourcing the requests regarding inaccessible places.
“With the app, any person would be able to click a photograph or video of an inaccessible public place and upload the same to the ‘Accessible India’ portal. The portal will process the request for access audit, financial sanction and final retrofitting of the building to make it completely accessible,” an official said.
The government will also seek engagement of big corporates and PSUs. They will be asked to offer their help to conduct access audit and for accessibility-conversion of the buildings, transport and websites.
Source : Daily Mail , 21st Sep 2015