Discussion on 'digital accessibility' at the National Ability Summit (NAS). (Photo Credit: ScreenGrab-YouTube/Varija Life)
- "Digital technology for people with disabilities don't just benefit them, it benefits all of us," the moderator pointed out
- A panelist, Robin Christopherson, described how as a visually-impaired person, technology has made his life easier
- Pandemic has led to massive growth in digital technology
National Ability Summit Day 2 Highlights: Adaptive fashion, infrastructural accessibility the way forward
The two-day National Ability Summit was held virtually. (Photo Credit: Opoyi)
- The summit ended on Thursday
- It was spearheaded by Varija Life, a Not for Profit Organisation
- Several issues surrounding the differently-abled community were discussed
Fashion designer Varija Bajaj was the moderator for this session. (Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab)
- The session was on 'Dignity, comfort, style, treatment - Adaptive Fashion'
- Nikki Hind, Australia's first legal blind fashion designer, said that disabled people should be at the decision making tables
- You cannot do for them without them, Varija Bajaj said about fashion for the people with disabilities
The session focused on Infrastructural Accessibility.
- Infrastructure should be built with universal design and accessibility
- The panelists discussed the gender aspect of accessibility.
- Government can take more measures to promote inclusivity
Affordable assistive technologies for differently-abled is need of the hour: Tech professionals at NAS
Discussion on 'assistive technology for inclusion' at the National Ability Summit. (Photo Credit: ScreenGrab-YouTube/Varija LIFE)
- There is a need to "break apart" the old-fashioned devices and build new ones
- A person with a disability is capable, what is required is equipping them, said one of the speakers
- Government is the main driver for demand in this sector, said entrepreneur Mohan Sundaram
We need to keep advancing the technology in conjunction with disabled: Christopher Patnoe of Google US
With over 1 billion people with disabilities, a number that is only growing, there's a huge opportunity for products not only to them but also to their families and friends, he said. (Photo Credit: Varija Life)
- Patnoe is the head of Accessibility Programme and Disability Inclusion at Google, US
- In an interview with Opoyi, he says that the more inclusive your product is, the easier it is for everyone
- He also emphasised that given the situation of COVID-19, cracks in the system have been made clearer
The first-ever edition of National Ability Summit is taking place virtually in India. (Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab)
- The event dedicated to create awareness about disabilities of all kinds
- The session focused on Skill Development amid people with disabilities
- Meg O'Connell, Rich Donovan, Ravindra Singh and Suhas Lalinakere were the participants
The main focus of the NAS is to provide a platform to address physical and mental health for the global community at large.
- This is the first-ever edition of the National Ability Summit
- It is being held virtually and is spearheaded by Varija Life
- The summit will discuss the need to create awareness on disability and an environment where they feel welcome
Don't like to be compared to the word 'able': Panellists discuss employment at National Ability Summit
Varija Bajaj, Convenor National Ability Summit, founder of Varija Lifestyles and Varija Life moderated the discussion. (Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab)
- The session was on 'Employment for economy generators-persons with disabilities'
- All the panellists emphasized the importance of technology and the role it plays to create jobs for disabled people
- The first-ever edition of NAS that is taking place virtually in India is spearheaded by Varija Life
“Films teach us who we should love and whom we should pity”: Film fraternity speaks at National Ability Summit
Panel discussion on "Re-exploring the power of films on disability' at the National Ability Summit.