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Visually impaired celebrate democracy through braille EVMs

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 13:38 -- admin

Paving way for the visually impaired to have a decisive role in the country's democratic process, the Election Commission is encouraging use of EVMs having braille signs here in Uttarakhand where polling is on to elect the state's third Assembly. Unlike the 2007 elections when only braille EVMs were introduced, these multi-purpose machines can be used both by visually-challenged and normal persons alike. With this, it has now become possible for the literate visually challenged persons to cast their votes without any help.

Documentary encourages visually impaired

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 13:37 -- admin

A documentary on an inspiring bicycle trip around Taiwan by 10 visually impaired people, each accompanied by a sighted coach, will be released shortly after the Lunar New Year holiday.

The cyclists, dubbed the “knights in the darkness,” set out on tandem bicycles from Taipei on Nov. 19, and returned to the capital on Nov. 29, completing the 11-day 1,050km trip.

“In the beginning, we all thought it was impossible,” said Sandy Peng (彭玉慧), secretary-general of the Taiwan Ah Gan Spiritual Development Association, which organized the trip.

Disabled, Visually Impaired Skiers Competing In Mpls

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 13:35 -- admin

Cross-country skiers know just how physically demanding that sport can, but try facing that challenge without use of your legs or the ability to see the trail ahead of you.

“Imagine skiing 20 miles an hour through a course, down hills and up hills without the use of your vision,” said John Farra, Director of the U.S. Paralympic Nordic Team.

Those were some of the obstacles facing athletes competing in the International Paralympic Nordic Skiing World Cup this week at Theodore Wirth Park.

Sightseeing for blind people

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 13:32 -- admin

So we're standing in the street outside the brothel – or what used to be the brothel – in Pompeii. The one with the rude frescoes on the walls showing ancient Roman punters exactly what they could expect for their sesterces.

There are 20 of us, or thereabouts, and before we go in the man in the white cheesecloth shirt and the floppy sun hat would like a word.

Golf

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 13:31 -- admin

Golf is a sport enjoyed by everyone regardless of age, gender, physical condition or physical challenge.

A world of possibilities

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 13:31 -- admin

PEOPLE Partho Bhowmick, whose Blind With Camera project teaches photography to the visually impaired, has trained 200 students since 2006

One corporate executive has proven, as the sports ad goes, that nothing is impossible. Mumbai-based Partho Bhowmick started the “Blind With Camera” project in 2006 teaching photography to the visually impaired and won the Karmaveer Puraskaar (National Award for Social Justice and Citizen Action) in 2009.

Goalball

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 13:30 -- admin

Goalball competitions are set apart from all other Paralympic events due to the unique atmosphere inside the playing venue.

Private sector told to provide jobs for physically challenged

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 13:29 -- admin

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has stressed the need for roping in the private sector to provide jobs for the physically-challenged. Speaking at the 44th annual conference of the Kerala Federation of the Blind here on Sunday, the Chief Minister said that the technological breakthrough in the IT and Communication sectors had opened up new opportunities for the physically-challenged, including the visually challenged.

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