Mr.Dipendra Manocha

Director, Developing Countries Programme, The DAISY Consortium and Founder-Trustee, Saksham

TOPIC: A road-map to achieve accessibility involving universal design


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Universal design is an acknowledgement of diversity of functional capability. It creates environment for Assistive Technology to operate. A well thought out strategy involving all components is required to achieve accessibility and usability by all. In the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), we need to capture user requirements and incorporate their solutions in our Standards. Standards are to be applied universally in our procurement policy. We will not get content and products compliant to Standards unless our production tools are capable to do so. The distribution system and tools for accessing information and communication too need to be compliant. Small gaps can break the whole circuit. Thus, it is important to first visualize the whole picture collectively and identify the gaps and play our role in filling the gap. In this talk, I will focus on a road-map to achieve accessibility involving principles of universal design.


Dipendra Manocha is the Director, Developing Countries Programme of the DAISY Consortium that works towards providing publications in accessible formats to the print disabled. He is President of the DAISY Forum of India, the founder trustee of Saksham Trust and the vice-president of Delhi State branch of the National Association for the Blind. He represents Civil Society Organisations on behalf of the DAISY Consortium in the working group of UN-ESCAP that monitors implementation of the Incheon Strategy in the Asia Pacific Region. He is the designated focal person of DAISY Consortium for the training and technical support in capacity building programmes of the Accessible Books Consortium of the World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO.


After completion of post graduate and research degrees from Delhi University he left his Ph.D. in the middle to work on his mission of providing information and content in accessible format to persons with print disability. During the past two decades of work as consultant or in honorary capacity, he has managed or coordinated and has been a key contributor in several technological development or implementation projects involving introduction of affordable technology solutions for persons with blindness and low vision to make them independent in educational, vocational and daily living activities. These technologies include: smart phones with screen reading software in Indian languages, DAISY players with Indian languages, smart cane, Indo-NVDA screen reading software, Sonic Labeller etc. An Ashoka Fellow, he is a recipient of the National Award, IBN Super Idol award and IIM Lucknow leadership award.