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 Monday, December 19, 2011

The Universal Service Obligation Fund of India (USOF) has announced that it will fund a series of Pilot Projects for access to ICT facilities combined with assistive technologies (ATs) for persons with disabilities in rural India. Eligible licensed Indian Service Providers interested in applying for pilot project funding will shortly be invited to submit proposals in line with the Concept Paper and draft Expression of Interest published at http://www.usof.gov.in/usof-cms/disabled.htm

Projects should address accessibility in terms of hardware, software and human interface and cover persons with various forms of disability such as sensory (including vision and hearing), cognitive and motor disability. The Service Providers will need to partner with a range of stakeholders including telecom equipment manufacturers, mobile and internet/broadband content providers, NGOs etc. Organizations outside of India, including those that have developed accessible ICTs, assistive technologies and suitable mobile applications may consider participating in this effort by teaming up with Indian stakeholders.

Further details

(Source: USOF – India)

Contact:

Joint Administrator (F),

Universal Service Obligation Fund,

Room No. 1118, Sanchar Bhavan,

20 Ashoka Road, New Delhi 110001

India

Email: jafusf@gmail.com