Bangladesh wins prestigious WSIS award for work with people with vision disabilities
Asia-Pacific, ICT, September 1 2017
Bangladesh has again won one of the world’s most prestigious IT awards when it was awarded a World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prize by the United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva in June.
Winning the award for Bangladesh this year was a project titled ‘DAISY-standard Accessible Reading Materials for Persons with Visual Disabilities’, which was headed by former APNIC Fellow and ISIF Award recipient Vashkar Bhattacharjee, who is himself visually impaired.
Bhattacharjee is part of the Access to Information (a2i) Program of the Prime Minister’s Office of Bangladesh, and, backed by a2i’s Service Innovation Fund and, with help from the Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) organization, a2i transformed regular textbooks into user-friendly ‘DAISY Multimedia Books’ for all subjects from Classes 1 to 10.
Bhattacharjee shares his story of how ICT has empowered one blind person to make the world accessible for others …
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