The Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, (AYJNIHH) in Bandra, has won a national award for its efforts to make its website accessible to visually and hearing impaired persons.
The organisation, which works towards the rehabilitation of people with disabilities, has made its website (http://ayjnihh.nic.in) accessible by including software such as screen reader, which reads out the text and image descriptions for the visually impaired. For those with hearing difficulties, the website has uploaded sign language videos.
The organisation received award for the ‘Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities 2010’ on December 3 from President Pratibha Patil.
“We have tried to ensure accessibility to all irrespective of device in use or ability. As a result, web pages can be viewed from a variety of devices, such as web-enabled mobile devices and a personal digital assistant,” said R Rangasayee, director, AYJNIHH.
The website received more than 46,600 hits since its makeover in the accessible format.
The design is in the accessible format with features like a screen reader, alternate text for the aid of visually impaired, and navigation mechanism of content in English and Hindi. HTC