Technology has transformed our lives , but there is a segment who is still deprived of advancements of technology. It is a reality that disability is not a problem ,but an inaccessible environment poses a big hurdle for people with disability. To create an inclusive environment and enhance the ability of PWD , AI can play a very critical role and we believe in multifold strategy that can transform the lives of PWD -
- Creating accessible digital services with less human intervention
- Developing the intelligent assistive technology to help PWD overcome their limitations.
If we adapt AI , there is ample opportunity for research, and we can come up with capabilities that would lead to transformation and achieve inclusion in real sense by removing the digital divide.
Speakers Bio: Dr. Charudatta Jadhav heads the Accessibility and Inclusive Design Research & Innovation at TCS. He has over 30 years of extensive experience and has been a key architect and lead consultant in establishing the accessibility practice within TCS. He is nominated on the Advisory Board of United Nations WIPO – ABC initiative or Accessible Books Consortium. Besides, he is advisory and member of working groups on many national and international bodies like IEEE, W3C, IDRBT (Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology), Govt of India to formulate Accessibility Standards. He has also filed twelve patents in Accessibility domain, eight of which have been granted and has also published 23 papers, 7 books and other publications.
Charu is passionate about the game of Chess and has represented India seven times at the World Chess Championships and Olympiads for the Blind. He is the first ever outside Europe President of IBCA, world chess federation of blind. Among the many awards he has received, few mentions, Recipient of National Award for Best Disabled Employee, conferred on him by then President of India Hon. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. He has also received other national awards, ‘Super Idol’ given by IBN 7, Godfrey Philips award for exceptional career achievements, Times Now nominated him as ‘Amazing Indian’ and ‘Helen Keller’ National Award.
Charu’s contribution to bring societal change and reduced struggle to his fellow differently abled friends, be it in the field of technology, education, employment or sports gives him immense joy and satisfaction of empowering the disabled. He truly believes that WHEN YOU GET TO MAKE YOUR PASSION AS PROFESSION, IT’S SUCH A JOY