Mar 2021

Launch of ‘How Accessible is Education for Students with Visual Disabilities | An Analysis of Digital Resources’ Report

Wednesday, 24 Mar 2021, 5:00 pm-Wednesday, 24 Mar 2021, 7:00 pm

The Education team at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy cordially invites you to the launch of its report, ‘How Accessible is Education for Students with Visual Disabilities | An Analysis of Digital Resources‘, on Wednesday, March 24 at 5PM.

About the Study 

In June 2020, the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy published a Briefing book titled, ‘Towards a Post-COVID India: 25 Governance Challenges and Legal Reforms’ of which one entry, ‘Making Digital Education Inclusive’ highlighted the legal and policy gaps in making digital education modes and platforms accessible and inclusive for students with disabilities. This new report is an extension of this entry that aims to re-emphasise India’s legal obligation to make all educational content available in audio, print and electronic media accessible to persons with disabilities. Despite legislation that secures the right of students with disabilities to education, this study finds that educational resources hosted on the Centre’s much touted Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing (DIKSHA) platform fail to be accessible to students with visual disabilities.

This report conducts a systematic review of the accessibility of the (DIKSHA) portal and a sample of learning resources hosted on it. Beyond accessibility of e-learning resources, this study also uncovers the urgent need for updating the curriculum and content of textbooks to ensure truly inclusive education for students with visual disabilities.

Event Agenda

In addition to the formal launch of the report, the event will also host a discussion on the need for Universal Design Learning (UDL) and the role of laws and policies in securing accessible digital education to students with disabilities.

Ruma Bannerjee (Chairperson, Seva-in-Action and member Central Advisory Board  on Disabilities, MSJ&E, Government of India).

Amar Jain (Advocate and a certified professional in web accessibility). Attendees are open to participate in the discussion upon registration.

Please reach out to us at pooja.pandey@vidhilegalpolicy.in if you may require any specific accommodations, or have any additional questions.

Sign language interpretation will be available during the event.

Link to register: https://bit.ly/3cKsNEb