[AI] Telangana first State to make IT parks differently abledfriendly

Renuka Warriar Edakkunni erenuka at gmail.com
Wed Jul 15 22:59:15 PDT 2015

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/telangana/telangana-first-state-to-make-it-parks-differently-abledfriendly/article7426658.ece

Telangana first State to make IT parks differently abledfriendly

Telangana will soon be the first State in the country to make its IT
and ITES buildings differently abledfriendly. In a firstofitskind
initiative undertaken by the NASSCOM Foundation, 175 companies based
out of two IT parks in Hyderabad will go for retrofitting their
buildings to suit the needs of differently abled employees. This would
mean that companies will have common areas including cafeterias,
restrooms, cubicles and elevators with facilities to aid their current
and prospective employees who are differentlyabled. From entry and
exit gates that have ramps to placing biometric devices at accessible
heights and washrooms that have handles for wheelchairbound people,
retrofitting is expected to ensure inclusive work environments. Also,
efforts are on to make websites of these companies accessible to such
persons by including voice features among others. Accessibility audit
In this direction, the NASSCOM Foundation is already conducting
accessibility audits in the parks at Madhapur and Nanakramguda where
companies including Wipro, Accenture, Oracle, Microsoft, L&T Infotech,
HCL, TCS, Deloitte, CA Technologies and Cyient are based. While the
Foundation has entered into talks with other States, Telangana is the
first to implement the audit and accessibility surveys, officials
confirmed. First process While around 25 companies have already been
audited, 100 more are to undertake internal audits in the coming year.
Officials at the NASSCOM Foundation said the first of the multistage
process was expected to be completed in one year. The process is
expected to increase the percentage of differently abled employees in
these companies within a span of five years. In place of eight to nine
companies that had pledged to hire such personnel three years ago, now
there are 40 to 45 of them who are actively planning to hire persons
with disability. Among these are prominent banks and IT companies,
said Rumi Mallick Mitra, vicepresident of the NASSCOM Foundation.
Currently, on an average, differentlyabled persons constitute just one
per cent of the workforce in most companies in the sector.

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