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Call For Participation In [Accessibility & FOSS Adoption in Education] Workshops at C-DAC Mumbai

Dear Sir/Madam,

Subject: call for participation.

It gives us, at CDAC, Mumbai, immense pleasure to inform you that CDAC, Mumbai is organising
two workshops titled “National Workshop on FOSS Desktop Accessibility” & 'National Workshop
on FOSS Adoption in Education” during August 26-27, 2011 as a part of National Resource Centre
for Free & Open Source Software (NRCFOSS) – Phase II initiative.

“National Workshop on FOSS Desktop Accessibility” on August 26, 2011 will focus on exploring
the current trends in the field of accessibility particularly with regard to FOSS. As you may be
aware a large section of the society comprising people with different kinds of disabilities finds
it difficult to use ICT in the same way as normal people do for fulfilling different purposes. It is
very much required to provide such people with assistive technologies that make their interaction
with computers more user-friendly and accessible. This workshop intends to serve as a platform to
encourage the use of FOSS tools and techniques in creating assistive technologies that are free-of-
cost, available to all, easily maintainable etc. for such a large portion of population in a country like
India. The workshop will also like to leverage the experiences of all stakeholders to identify and
address the issues in those areas of accessibility that are still untouched.

Similarly, “National Workshop on FOSS Adoption in Education”, on August 27, 2011 is
intended to explore the benefits, role, and developments of technology, specifically FOSS, in
education. FOSS provides softwares that are free of cost, easily maintainable, community support,
customization freedom, etc. Various FOSS tools in education will be demonstrated in the workshop.
The participants will also get to experience the work of C-DAC Mumbai in promoting technology/
FOSS in education. The workshop will provide an opportunity to interact with participants from
different organizations and industry practitioners.

The workshop will involve keynote and invited lectures by distinguished researchers and/or
professionals. We take this opportunity to extend you an invitation for participation in these
workshops. Looking forward to see you or your representative at the event.

Kindly use the following URLs to access more details about the workshops:
1.National wrokshop on FOSS Desktop Accessibility: http://www.cdacmumbai.in/index.php/
2.National Workshop on FOSS Adoption in Education: http://www.cdacmumbai.in/index.php/

Thanking you,

Dr. M. Sasikumar
Director (R&D)

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