HPM launched ‘Accessible Dictionary’ for all
Asia-Pacific, ICT, News, February 7 2018
BANGLADESH, INDIA: ‘Accessible Dictionary’ (http://accessibledictionary.gov.bd/) is Bangladesh’s first dictionary specially developed for the persons with visual, print and learning disability and information disadvantaged groups; yet, beneficial for over 5 million students with/out disabilities.
On the 1st February, at this year’s Amar Ekushey Book Fair, the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated a2i’s newly developed ‘Accessible Dictionary’. At the inauguration program, Director General (admin) of Prime Minister’s Office and Project Director of a2i Programme, Kabir Bin Anwar; Policy Advisor of Access to Information (a2i) Programme’s under the Prime Minister’s Office, Mr. Anir Chowdhury; World Literature Center’s Additional Director, Mesbah Uddin Ahmed; a2i’s Policy Specialist (Educational Innovation) Md. Afzal Hossain Sarwar; a2i’s HDM production Manager Purabi Matin; a2i’s Technology Expert Md. Rafiqul Islam; a2i’s accessibility consultant and GAATES 2nd Vice President Vashkar Bhattacharjee were present, among others.
The Accessible Dictionary is based on the creative and innovative idea which utilizes existing technological prospects and open sourced technology to raise awareness and reduce the exclusion and discrimination that currently exists. It is available for all, cost effective, requires less time and is universally designed so that all can have an easy full-access experience.
Bangladesh became a signatory and a ratifying party to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in 2007 declaring non-discrimination, full and effective participation and inclusion in society, and accessibility, among others. It is a milestone for the journey to universal accessibility that Bangladesh understands and recognizes as a precondition to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): the core agenda “leaving no one behind”, and inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all (SDG 4). This is an indicator of child, disability and gender sensitive education facilities; and safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all (Target 4.a).
The dictionary has been developed by a social development organization, YPSA, with overall support from a2i’s Service Innovation Fund. a2i believes that such innovations are vital in improving language proficiency of students and help achieve the government’s vision of making education accessible for all.
‘Accessible Dictionary‘ is available for all online and offline, in both web and mobile app formats; also in Bangla-to-Bangla, Bangla-to-English, English-to-Bangla, English-to-English versions. They can be read by any screen-reading software and Digital Braille Text allows for easy reproduction of Braille printed versions.