Disability — Documents


One out of every forty Indians live with a disability, yet they remain far underrepresented in all segments of daily life: experiencing lack of access to information, living with scarce livelihood opportunities, inaccessible healthcare and assistive caregiving support, confronting stigma in public infrastructure and transport, and non-contextual or unaffordable assistive tech solutions, the rights and diverse concerns of people with disabilities remain underserved. While technology has been an enabler in resolving challenges in human existence, Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) and Assistive Technologies (AT) have mainly casted exceedingly niche solutions in response to the needs of persons with disabilities. To this effect, despite having a flurry of assistive tech solutions, most of them only partially meet the requirements of persons with disabilities at best and fail to achieve higher impact, as often users are forced to adopt more than one solution to actualise their potential. Such approaches to solution building underline the gaps and deficiencies inherent in the disability ecosystem that go beyond the challenges of underserved financing ie. limited demand side insights and infrastructure, a distance of dialogue between persons with disabilities and stakeholders and severely under-developed capacity for service delivery and scaling solutions.
Disasters wreak havoc and destroy full-scale infrastructures, homes, schools, hospitals, communication systems, and disrupt access to food, clean water, electricity, and transportation. Individuals with disabilities are disproportionately affected in disaster, emergency, and conflict situations due to inaccessible evacuation, response (including shelters, camps, and food distribution), and recovery efforts (Robinson, 2020; Samant Raja et al., 2013; Stough & Kang, 2015; Wolbring, 2009).  The primary focus of this study was reviewing literature on PWD and DiDRR (Disability inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction) specifically involving Asian countries to find gaps in inclusive crisis communication Additionally, the study explored other relevant literature all of which is discussed in the literature review. Thereafter, the method involved synthesizing the findings to propose a conceptual architecture for ICT-enabled assistive technology in support PWDs facing crisis situations.
ICT access and use by Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in Sri Lanka
Report of a study of ICT use among PWD in India, conducted for LIRNEasia by VIHARA
Presented by Prof. Rohan Samarajiva at SLAAS / SLIC Conference "From Innovation to Impact" 2019 on 22nd November 2019. Colombo, Sri Lanka
Prof. Rohan Samarajiva Kathmandu Marriott Hotel, Nepal May 02 2019 Workshop on ‘Enabling the disabled: ICT access and use by the persons with disabilities in Nepal’
Recommendations to support independent living for persons with disabilities Brief in Nepali and English
Recommendations to support independent living for persons with disabilities Brief in Nepali and English
Recommendations to support independent living for persons with disabilities Brief in Nepali and English
Recommendations to support independent living for persons with disabilities Brief in Nepali and English
Recommendations to support independent living for persons with disabilities Brief in English and Nepali
Recommendations to support independent living for persons with disabilities Brief in English and Nepali
Recommendations to support independent living for persons with disabilities
Recommendations to support independent living for persons with disabilities Brief in English and Nepali
Presented by Rohan Samarajiva, for AfterAccess Team at IGF in Kathmandu, Nepal. 03.11.2018