Participation


Year 2016

Arun Mehta was invited to speak at the TIFAC on "Futuristic Assistive Technology : Eliminating Disability Barrier" on February 10, 2016.








Year 2015

Arun Mehta was invited to speak at the Google Accessibility Summit on the panel relating to "Design Challenges for Persons with Multiple Disabilities" at Mountain View, California, USA on 10th February 2015.

 

Year 2014

Arun Mehta was invited to speak via international video conference to Bell Labs around the world, as part of their 360 Degree lecture series  on July 15, 2014, on his work with multiple disabilities.



Year 2013



  • Bapsi organized a panel at Eighth annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum on the 25th of October 2013 in Bali, Indonesia, which focuses on DCAD/BAPSI Workshop “Accessible Inclusion For All Abilities and All Ages, Access for Persons who fall between the cracks”
  • Panelist on the Future of Accessibility at Google Global Summit on Accessibility and Usability at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, United States, on September 17-18, 2013.
  • Workshop ICT Apps for Persons with Disabilities on Wednesday 15 May 2013, at the WSIS (World Summit on the Infomation Society) FORUM 2013 in Geneva, Prof Arun Mehta, President, BAPSI, Bidirectional Society, India, presented "Access for those who fall between the cracks".

  • Arun Mehta made a presentation, 'those who fall between the cracks" to the Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility of the ITU, Geneva, on 21 January 2013.

Year 2012

  • IGF workshop no 129: “The Sustainable Benefits of Inclusion on the Internet” on 7 November 2012, Baku, Azerbaijan. Arun Mehta, Bidirectional Access Promotion Society, India  presented "Those who fall between the cracks: the case of the deaf-blind"

  • Jointly convening a panel on "Artworkshopsforchildrenwithautism" at the the "ASA12: Arts and Aesthetics in a Globalising World", 3rd-6th April 2012, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. The panel will discuss special arts-based interventions with children with autism. Also co-authoring two papers for the panel: Online Singing Training for Persons with Autism and their Caregivers, and  One sense at a time workshops for children with autism.
  • Presentation on “How custom IT can help children with mental challenges” at the Carnival of Electronic Creativity, Sattal, India, discussing an ongoing IDRC-funded project seeking to focus on the needs of 3 children over a 10-month period.
Year 2011
  • Arun making presentation at IGF 2011, Kenya
    Arun Mehta participated in the IGF 2011 being organized in Nairobi, Kenya from 27 to 30 September 2011, at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON). The proposed main theme of the meeting is: 'Internet as a catalyst for change: access, development, freedoms and innovation'. He would participate in the programme as a panelist at the Sixth Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum. Please see the list of panelists.
  • Bapsi along with the Rotary district 3190, organized a 1-day Workshop on "ICTs and mental challenges" in a parallel session on 19 May 2011, during the 3-day Global Autism Convention, in Bangalore. This programme was organized by the Rotary district 3190, in collaboration wit h the Spastic Society of Karnataka, The Department of Psychiatry, St. Jhon's Medical College and Hospital, Information and Resource Center, Shrishti Special Academy, Asha and Autism Society of India.
  • Arun Mehta of Bapsi was invited as an Expert Speakers, in the 27th National Student's Convention (NSC 2011) on "IT-Contemporanr and Future Technologies for Social Change", which was organozed at the ITM University, Gwalior from March 9 to 12. NSC is a major annual event of Computer Society of India for the students to share creative ideas in the field of IT.
  • Bapsi demonstrated Arpit's Wheel and its work in the area of mental challenges at the Innovations Section in the Electronics For You Expo (www.efyexpo.com) 2011 at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan from 17 to 19 Feb 2011. During the EFYExpo in the EFY Design Engineers' Conference- Innovators talk, Friday 18 Feb. 2011, Anmol Anand, a student who helped develop skid software during its initial years made a brief presentation on how skid allows photo-editing, which he designed. The focus of his presentation was on writing apps for android phones to make the deaf blind send and receive SMSes.
  • Bapsi was invited to speak at the National Conference on "IT for Persons with Disabilities", organized on 10-11 January 2011, in Bangalore. We spoke on "Assistive Technologies for Persons with Disabilities". The programme was organized by KEONICS (Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation Limited), Department of IT BT S&T (Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and and Science and Technology), Govt. of Karnataka, in Bangalore.
YEAR 2010
  • Arun Mehta was Keynote/Plenary Speaker on "Introduction of 5G in India" Speaker for UK-India-IDRC International Workshop on Cognitive Wireless Systems (UKIWCWS 2010), organized on December 13-14, 2010 at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.
  • On December 12 2010, Arun Mehta presented paper Keynote at the ITU-T Kaleidoscope . The Conference was on Beyond the Internet? - Innovations for future networks and services - is the third in a series of peer-reviewed academic conferences that aims at increasing the dialogue between experts working on the standardization of information and communications technologies (ICTs) and academia. The programmes was organized from 13-15 December 2010 in Pune, India. The paper submitted is under publication.
  • We participated in International Standardization Organization/IEC/ITU as a speaker for the workshop on "Accessibility and the contribution of International Standards". He presented on accessibility using smart phones and tablet computers. The programme was organized in Geneva in November 2010.
  • Arun Mehta was a speaker at the International Conference on "Enabling Access to Education through ICT" EdICT2010 . He spoke on "Opportunities and Challenges for Education in a Neuro-Diverse World". The programme was organized on October 27-29 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, organized by the Centre for Internet and Society In Cooperation with G3ict, an Advocacy Initiative of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development with the support of the World Intellectual Property Organisation, UNESCO and ITU.
  • We made a presentation on “Applications for Mobile Internet Access for Persons with Disabilities”. At the 5th Annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Meeting, organized from 14-17 September 2010, in Vilnius, Lithuania. Read transcript of the presentation Applications for Mobile Internet Access for Persons with Disabilities.

  • We presented paper on "Disabilities and Smart phones" at the International Conference on Assistive Technology- A key to inclusion", organized by the Spastic Society of Karnataka (SSK) on July 23 and 24, 2010. Read the paper "Assistive Technologies for persons with mental challenges".

  • We made a presentation on Cognitive Radio for students of the Center for Culture, Media and Governance at Jamia Millia Islamia on September 10 2010.

  • We gave a talk on "Computer for persons with Mental challenges" at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in April 2010.
  • We gave a lecture on "Scope of Open Spectrum and Cognitive Radio" in India at the Center for Culture, Media and Governance at the Jamia Millia Islamia in April.
  • We made a presentation on "Computer as a prosthesis for those with disabilities" for the TEDxNSIT in March. The video has been uploaded at ted.com. You could also see the video here.

Year 2009

  • We presented paper on "software for children with mental challenges" in the International Conference of Autism: and creativity organized by Pondicherry university on 29-30 December 2009. Read the paper here.
  • We participated in the 3 days conference USID2009 on "DESIGN FOR ALL: Usability, Accessibility & Creativity" organized in Bangalore from 18 to 20 September. We made a presentation on computer and accessibility for children  with mental challenges and demonstrated the special custom made low cost input device- the spring device) at the Conference.
  • On July 10, 2009, we shared concerns over the Electronic Voting machines and privacy of a voter, at the Press Club, New Delhi.
  • We trained children, their caregivers and computer software students in a 3-day workshop on computer technologies for children with mental challenges from 27 to 29 May 2009, which was organized in Trivandrum Kerala, supported by the IT Mission of the State Government of Kerala in collaboration with Society for promotion of Alternative Computing and Employment (SPACE). In this workshop over 20 children with autism and their caregivers participated. While skid was demonstrated to children with autism and their caregivers, a separate workshop was organized specially for computer students wishing to add modules to skid. In the process, a module to predict the next word the user may wish to type was created, see http://skid.org.in/nextword.
  • On 20 May 2009, we organized one class on "The growing role of ICTs for those with disabilities" on second life.
  • During the year from time to time we participated in various ITU conferences and meetings online. On March 30 2009, we participated in the first meeting of the Joint Coordination Activity on Accessibility and Human Factors. On 5 May 2009, we participated in the DCAD teleconference in preparation of the IGF Workshop in Egypt (Sharm El Sheikh, 15 - 18 November 2009). On 25 June we participated in the DCAD teleconference in preparation of the IGF DCAD meeting and DCAD Workshop in Egypt (Sharm El Sheikh, Thursday 25 June 2009). On 19 August 2009, Arun paticipated in another ITU teleconference.On October 27 the same year we participated in another ITU  teleconference.
  • We made a presentation on "Ruby on Rails" in the Seminar of Open Source India Tech at Chennai in 2008 March 8. Open Source India is organised by the ‘Forum for Open Source Initiatives in India’ (FOSII). FOSII comprises individuals from various walks of the Linux/OSS ecosystem including the industry, academia, media, government, users and the developer community.
  • We made presentation on "Web Technologies" as part of the Seminar on "Open Source Software for MSMEs" organized by CII SME Division on 25 February 2009. The Programme was organized at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BEIC).
  • On February 9, 2009, we participated in the meeting of Solution Exchange, UNESCO. Following which on 2 March 2009, Arun participated in the UN Solutions Exchange's Annual Forum at Hyderabad.
  • On February 5 2009, Arun attended the meeting of ASSOCHAM (The Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India) and presented concerns over the Indian 40-bit encryption policy.
Year 2008
  • Arun Mehta participated in the International Seminar "Contours of Media Governance: Technology, Institutions, Practice". Arun spoke on the role and status of Technology in Trans-National Governance The Seminar was organised by Centre for Culture, Media & Governance Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi on 9 December 2008.
  • On 4th September 2008, we organized a 1 day workshop on "Interface Development for Disabled Using Ruby on Rails", in association with Insight project, Kerala State IT Mission and Society for Promotion on Alternate Computing and Employment (SPACE).
  • On October 2008, skid software was formally launched at the India International Center, New Delhi. Children with disabilities, parents and caregivers, NGOs working in the area of disabilities, members from the UN agencies, and members from the media participated in the programme. During the programme 1st Ed Roberts Award was offered to Arpit Khansili, for his extraordinary zeal to communicate via computers.
  • On August 10, 2008 we organized 2 classes on "software for special kids" for 5 students on second life.
  • In 2008 from June 9 to 14, we organized a 7 day workshop for children with mental challenges and their caregivers, to explore use of computers with them. The workshop was organized by Inspiration special school. The workshop was sponsored by the IT Dept. Uttaranchal Govt. and supported by the Social Welfare Dept. of the Government of Uttaranchal. Details of the workshop is available at http://www.inspirationindia.net/dehradun-center/index-1.htm.
  • On February 15, 2008 we spoke at the Open Source India week talk on disability.