Wipro Receives National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities
Wipro Ltd. (NYSE:WIT), a leading global Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing company today announced that it has been recognized with the National award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, 2013 under the category – Best Accessible Website (Private Sector) for its corporate website http://www.wipro.com. Wipro employee Nupur Jain, has also received the “Role Model” award in the individual category. These prestigious awards, given by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, recognize outstanding persons with disabilities and individuals and organizations that are working for the empowerment of persons with disabilities.
Wipro started the initiative to make its software and services accessible for persons with disabilities by focusing on internal services that are used most frequently by its employees. It has already made 100 plus Employee Services accessible for persons with disabilities. These services are maintained by Information Systems which is part of CIO office that develops and manages Wipro’s information infrastructure.
Wipro’s website and its employee services have been developed as per the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) so that they are accessible to people with disabilities. The applications, in the domains of .net, Java, SAP and Mobile (Android and IoS) are extensively validated against the guidelines before these are deployed. Software developers are first sensitized and then trained to enable them to develop as per the WCAG-2.0.
Involving persons with disabilities in this process helps create and implement solutions that are of optimal value and deployed well. To this end, a vibrant community of employees with disabilities known as “Winclusive” has been set up to discuss and examine the accessibility of various applications. The community posts change requests which are then implemented after conducting feasibility studies. Changes are internally tested and released to the community which then validates the application. This community also supports new employees with disabilities.
The eco-system evolved through this approach has not just enhanced in-house digital accessibility for our employees with disabilities, but has created programs that enable greater accountability towards sustainability and inclusion in future generations of engineers. Wipro has started an initiative to develop and test the competency of the engineers in Digital Accessibility.
Wipro employee Nupur Jain, who has been awarded the 2013 Role Model National Award, in the visual impairment category is a young and talented leadership trainer for Wipro’s senior management. Nupur joined Wipro from management school while pursuing her postgraduate degree.
Isaac George, Vice-President & Human Resources Head, Wipro Infotech said, “It gives us immense pride to be conferred this prestigious award. Accessible digital infrastructure is important in today’s social environment as it significantly improves opportunities for persons with disabilities. With each additional application that becomes accessible and each organization that believes it is important, we move that much closer to a society that is inclusive. We are also delighted that Nupur our employee has won an award as ‘role model’. With each employee with disability who is recognized for achievement, we realize a part of our dream to be an environment that catalyzes mainstream careers for persons with disabilities.”
About Wipro Ltd.
Wipro Ltd. (NYSE:WIT) is a leading Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing company that delivers solutions to enable its clients do business better. Wipro delivers winning business outcomes through its deep industry experience and a 360 degree view of “Business through Technology” - helping clients create successful and adaptive businesses. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, a practitioner’s approach to delivering innovation, and an organization wide commitment to sustainability, Wipro has a workforce of 140,000 serving clients across 61 countries. For more information, please visit www.wipro.com
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