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Sugamyata: Accessibility in Computing Education

Goal: Sugamyata (सुगम्यता) means Accessibility in most Indian languages. Over a billion people in the world have some disabilities. Global software giants like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple emphasize developing products that are accessible to everyone and often include accessibility as a preferred skill in their job postings. However, a typical four-year CS curriculum has very little, if any, mention of accessibility. We aim to study the extent to which accessibility is taught in CS curricula in India, develop course content that is accessibility-aware, and evaluate its effects on student learning. It is important to note that teaching accessibility (including accessibility topics in your courses) and teaching accessibly (making your course content accessible) are two different things; our focus is on the former.

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There are about one billion persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the world. Between 40 and 80 million of them are in India. In 2015, the Government of India launched the Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan (Accessible India Campaign), a "nation-wide Campaign for achieving universal accessibility for PWDs". One of its three components, "Information and Communication Eco-System Accessibility," focuses on accessible softwares and digital artifacts. The private industry is also increasingly emphasizing developing soft- wares that are accessible to everyone. However, the CS curricula that ought to prepare the future professionals to develop such accessible softwares hardly cover topics related to accessibility. This project is aimed at understanding the status of accessibility education in India and developing appropriate course content.
Swaroop Joshi
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Sugamyata (सुगम्यता) means Accessibility in most Indian languages. Over a billion people in the world have some disabilities. Global software giants like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple emphasize developing products that are accessible to everyone and often include accessibility as a preferred skill in their job postings. However, a typical four-year CS curriculum has very little, if any, mention of accessibility. We aim to study the extent to which accessibility is taught in CS curricula in India, develop course content that is accessibility-aware, and evaluate its effects on student learning. It is important to note that teaching accessibility (including accessibility topics in your courses) and teaching accessibly (making your course content accessible) are two different things; our focus is on the former.