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A software that speaks their language

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:05 -- admin

For the visually-impaired students of Bangalore University, lessons will become a tad easier as soon thanks to Shreedhar TS. The 23-year-old visually impaired lad from Karnataka has come up with an innovative idea which will benefit visually-impaired students whose mother tongue is Kannada.

Shreedhar, a second year degree student of Karnataka State Open University has incorporated Kannada script in 'Text to Speech' software, used by the visually-impaired.

The outcome: they can now convert their lessons from English to Kannada without any hassle.

Centre for disability studies inaugurated in Assam

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 13:51 -- admin

The Gauhati University, in collaboration with NTPC Limited, started an information communication training centre (ITC) at the department of disability study on Wednesday. The aim behind this training centre is to encourage students with disability to pursue higher education in the field of science and technology.

Power minister Pradyut Bordoloi, who inaugurated the centre, said, “It is really a memorable day as such a training centre would definitely help differently abled students to pursue higher education in science and technology.”

Government orders special software for blind

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 13:49 -- admin

In a step that would bring relief to scores of blind persons aspiring for clerical jobs across the country, the government has decided to provide them a special keyboard and screen reading software while appearing for recruitment tests.

The order of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment will be applicable for the recruitment tests scheduled in the first fortnight of this month.

Visually impaired can soon access ATMs

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 13:47 -- admin

Under a colourful canopy on the grounds of the Ali Yaver Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, dozens of students from the Happy Home School on Wednesday, milled around hearing about fantastic technologies that would ostensibly make their lives better.

The occasion was World Braille Day and the students of Xavier’s Research Centre for the Visually Challenged (XRCVC) had put on an exhibition of gadgets and technologies that would help the visually impaired in their education.

Visually challenged boy pens novel

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 13:46 -- admin

Inspired by author J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, a visually challenged 18-year-old from a farmer's family in Gokavaram of East Godavari district, has spent seven years of his life writing Pharaoh and the King, a story based on Indian and Egyptian mythology.

Viswanath Venkat Dasari, a second year student of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, Nuziveedu, suffers from Nystagmus and Photophobia — his eyes cannot focus clearly on any object for more than a second.

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.

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