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Rs 200 crore fund to make internet more accessible to ‘disabled’ India

The Government has recently announced a Rs 200 crore fund to increase India’s digital footprint.

  • Shilpi Kapoor, the managing director of Barrierbreak, a company that works in the area of accessibility and assistive technology at Techshare India says that 50% of India’s 100 million persons with disability are under the age of 30.
  • She says for start-ups in the technology space, there is a commercial opportunity of Rs 4500 crore, waiting to be tapped, across product categories for People With Disabilities (PWDs) who have visual impairment, low vision, hearing impairment, physical disability/motor disability, learning disability, speech impairment in today’s technology age, and with campaigns like Digital India, Made in India & Smart Cities, people with disabilities cannot be forgotten.
  • BarrierBreak also launched the first ever news portal for persons with disability, NewzHook. Most news portals and mobile apps are inaccessible to people with disabilities and the elderly and NewzHook aims to provide simple and accurate news that matters to every one of us, but differently.

Source: Business Insider

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