Education Startups Can Now Apply For National Accessibility Awards

Since 2010, the NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards, have been awarding individuals and corporations who are enabling persons with disabilities to live more independently.

The winners of this apex national award, over the past decade, include several educators. A case in point is Rajesh Ketkar (winner in 2019), who has taught digital literacy, English, and life skills through Indian sign languages to deaf people. Another such case is NIOS or the National Institute for Open Schooling (winner of 2019), which has developed 150 videos in sign languages in 6 subjects to provide educational access for deaf and hard-of-hearing learners. In another case, Aakanksha and Bharath (winner in 2020) have built a product, ‘Typo’ which aims to help kids with cerebral palsy to learn and write English while improving their sensory-motor skills.

Applications are invited across subjects like  accessibility in Built Environment, Transport, ICT, Aids and Appliances, Advocacy, and Public Policy and Services across four categories

  • Person with Disabilities
  • Working professionals
  • Organizations/Companies
  • NCPEDP-Mphasis Javed Abidi Public Policy Award.

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