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Demonetization Blues

Govt needs to ensure that the recent demonetization does not lead to financial exclusion of the blind and visually impaired citizens

If the recent demonetization of 1000 and 500 rupee notes has to be made into a success for all sections of society then one needs to pay attention to the below listed red flags as far as persons with blindness and visual impairment are concerned. A cashless digital economy may imply near financial exclusion of the blind population from the mainstream economy.

Empowering the Visually Impaired: Opportunities & Challenges

Hari Raghavan does business development at Dell. CharudattaJadhav is an International Chess master and an IT professional with TCS. Pankaj Sinha is a practicing lawyer at the Delhi High Court. Dilip Loyolka, Samir Late and Rajani Gopalkrishna are practicing Chartered Accountants. Sudha Patel, Sanjay Dang and Siddhartha Sharma are entrepreneurs. Sundeep Rao is a stand-up comedian. G. Subramaniam and L.Subramani are journalists. Payal Kapur is a sales professional with a hotel. All of them are blind and all of them are extremely accomplished and successful.

Hospital to Hospit-able: How hospitals can overcome inaccessibility

Most government hospitals in Delhi, despite being spaces for diagnosis and recovery, are teeming with lines, unending paper work, and tired patients. The wait is long for those who do not have an uncle or cousin working at the hospital. However, for those who are visually impaired, even basic access to hospital services and facilities is possible only through dependence or great strife.

World Disability Day Musings

By George Abraham

Every blind Indian is potentially a part of the Human Resource of the country. They must be invested in and not merely provided for. The nation needs to realize this as much as the government, the society, the families and the blind person himself or herself needs to realize this. There is a huge potential which we need to recognize, nurture and tap into.

Essential social skills to prepare visually impaired children for mainstream school

The following article is part of the series by our blogger Supriya Das on how to prepare visually impaired children between two and five for school. In the previous pieces in this series, Supriya mentioned the key areas where parents need to work in order to help their children integrate into mainstream education system. Here she talks about the key social skills necessary

Preparing visually impaired children between two and five for school- Part 2

By Supriya Das
The following article is in continuation of the first blog piece that appeared here, on Preparing Visually Impaired children between two and five for school. In the previous piece, Supriya Das talked about certain key areas where parents need to work in order to help their children to get into mainstream education system. One of those key areas focuses on Self Help and Independent Living Skills. To understand this better, we can further divide this into the following focus areas.

 

Media & Disability: How Media can be more inclusive towards persons with disabilities

By George Abraham
Often we hear journalists raise a question on behalf of persons with disabilities, “Is the government doing enough for the country’s disabled population?” Reporters and anchors accuse the government representatives for not doing enough to make the environment ‘inclusive’?
How about we turn this question around and ask our friends in the media, “What role does the media play towards inclusion of persons with disabilities? Does the media practice what it preaches?”

Visually Impaired Fashion Designer who aspires to make art and fashion more accessible to the blind

Kingston University fashion graduate, Bianca Von Stempel in conversation with Katie Turner
 
Describing her fashion collection ‘Tactility,’ showcased at this year’s London Fashion Week, and how it was inspired by her visual impairment, Bianca says, “What you miss out on, you reinvent.”  She says that she experiences the world as, “fragmented and at a distance,” so that an object becomes something different to her compared to how a sighted person might see it and that she decided to use this idea as the inspiration for her collection.

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