Submissions/Accessibility and Wikipedia
This is an open submission for Wikimania 2011.
- Review no.
- Title of the submission
Accessibility and Wikipedia : Challenges & Case studies from India
- Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
- Author of the submission
- E-mail address or username (if username, please confirm email address in Special:Preferences)
- Country of origin
- Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
- Personal homepage or blog
- Abstract (please use no less than 300 words to describe your proposal)
Wikimedia Accessibility Initiative (WAI)  & most of the accessibility initiatives within wikipedia/mediawiki are focused on the issues of physically disabled people . Accessibility in principle is the access to knowledge available for a person, in his/her level of reasoning, without limited by physical challenges. In a developing country's context , levels of disability are not limited to physical disabilities. There are other levels of accessibility issues that will exclude a large part of the populace - illiteracy, absence of English knowledge, availability of local language interfaces and language technology to name a few.
These concerns get more complex when we consider the accessibility issues of Indian language wikipedias. Approximately 6% of the Indian population has a disability. An additional 34% of the population is illiterate and an additional 77 million are elderly.
This presentation is an effort to map various levels of issues in accessing Wikimedia projects, through various use cases and case studies. The presentation also highlights the various accessibility initiatives and ecosystems in Indian states that addresses such issues, and will share some success stories . We hope this presentation can contribute towards the building of a more inclusive accessibility policy for Wikipedia
- Track (People and Community/Knowledge and Collaboration/Infrastructure)
Wiki Culture and the Community
- Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
No. We can present this session only if We get scholarship.
- Slides or further information (optional)
Will be Provided
- Wikimedia Accessibility Initiative: 
- Wikipedia:Manual of Style (accessibility) 
- MediaWiki accessibility 
- Blind wikia: Mediawiki and Accessibility 
- 2001 Census Statistics 
- Family Support and Care for the Elderly: Evidences from India 
If you are interested in attending this session, please sign with your username below. This will help reviewers to decide which sessions are of high interest. Sign with four tildes. (~~~~).