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This visually impaired is adept at manouvering gatka

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 11:02 -- admin

Once believed to be a male bastion, Gatka— a traditional form of Sikh martial art is also being practiced by the fairer sex now. Determined to learn this form of self-defence, many Punjabi girls are also picking up the art.

On Guru Gobind Singh's birthday, the residents of City Beautiful were enthralled with breath-taking performances on Nagar Kirtan on Tuesday.

Now, a mobile phone designed for senior citizens

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 11:01 -- admin

Teaching elderly people how to use a cellphone can be frustrating.

Businessman Jagdishbhai Patel experienced this first-hand when he was planning to buy a new mobile phone for his father, 62-year-old Nangibhai Vishrambhai Patel. Most handsets in the market either had too many features or had tiny buttons on a small keypad.

“My father is growing old and his shaky fingers end up pressing two or more buttons at the same time,” he says.

Visually impaired boy steals show

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 11:00 -- admin

King c3,DK Chopra muttered as the five hour long contest entered the endgame. It may have seemed unusual to onlookers for the player to call out his move, but then his opponent was a visually impaired boy who went on to beat Chopra in the final round of the Chennai Open chess tournament here on Wednesday.

The lanky, 16-year-old Darpan Inani,wearing blue glasses, rose to his feet and felt the chessboard to close out the game, and his mother, sitting beside to help him make the moves, could barely conceal her delight.

Blind shot putter hoists Tricolour

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 10:59 -- admin

Sixteen-year-old Sandeep Shalu, a shot putter and discus thrower, was the proud chief guest yesterday in a Republic Day function celebrated in Sham Nagar by NGO Baba Vishvkarma Dal. Shalu hoisted the National Flag and, apart from him, nearly 25 other blind students from the entire state who had won medals in different games were honoured at the event for their achievements.

Blind man drives car in the US

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 10:57 -- admin

A blind man in the US is said to have created history by driving a car around a race track in a test which could one day lead to all visually impaired people taking to the roads, a media report said.

Mark Riccobono, 34, successfully navigated his way round the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, overtaking a van and dodging some cardboard boxes thrown in his way, the 'Daily Mail' online reported.

Drugs to treat age-related blindness

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 10:56 -- admin

Researchers at the University of Kentucky, US, compared eyes donated by deceased AMD patients with those of healthy individuals. The healthy were found to have three times higher levels of dicer, an enzyme, in their retinas.

Low levels of dicer cause the build-up of a genetic material alu, which becomes instrumental in killing off light-sensitive retinal cells in advanced "dry" AMD, the journal Nature reported.

Sivaji star opens spa with a difference

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 10:55 -- admin

Actor Shriya Saran’s newly opened spa in Lokhandwala, called Shree Spa, promises to rejuvenate the mind and body through improved blood circulation, memory and sleep. It also offers relief from fatigue, depression, hangovers, jetlag, PMS and electromagnetic stress. There are also treatments for removal of toxins and boosting the immune system through hormone secretion.

Samsung 150+ netbooks available with Saksham for visually impaired at subsidised cost

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 10:54 -- admin

Samsung 150+ netbooks are available with Saksham at subsidised cost of Rs. 9200 for visually impaired. The market cost of the same netbook is around Rs. 15000 and this netbook is coming with atom based processor, 1 gb of ram and 250 gb hdd.

Aplication form for the same can be downloaded by visiting
For any query you can call on 011-42411015 or send mail at

This information was provided by Saksham.

Blind sculptor recreates untouchable masterpiece

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 10:53 -- admin

When blind sculptor Felice Tagliaferri was forbidden to touch one of Italy's most famous statues, he decided revenge was best served not just cold but stone cold.

Tagliaferri, 41, spent much of two years creating his marble interpretation of "Cristo Velato," or "Veiled Christ," a 1753 masterpiece that he has neither seen nor touched.

Giuseppe Sanmartino's exquisitely detailed sculpture of the body of Christ lying wrapped in a fine shroud is one of the prime tourist attractions in Naples.

First Tamil mailing list for the visually impaired - Valluvan Paarvai

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 10:52 -- admin

Yes! the name of the tamil mailing list is "VALLUVAN PAARVAI".

As you all know that technology has helped all visually challenged to breath the air of independence on par with the sighted at all levels.  In this context, both N V D A and E SPEAK has provided voice synthesisers for most of the regional languages in India.

Blind Pakistani reporter dreams of peace

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 10:50 -- admin

Sania Zaidi sits in the R. Premadasa stadium press box as the World Cup drama unfolds beneath her.

Nothing unusual about that except the 28-year-old Pakistani journalist has been blind since childhood and is on a mission to promote better relations between Pakistan and India.

"I want cricket to promote peace, courtesy and courage which we have been lacking in our wonderful world. I can't see it but I can sense it and am here at this World Cup to promote my mission," Sania told AFP.

Visually impaired radio jockey reaches out through his voice

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 10:49 -- admin

He cannot see but has always wanted to reach out to people through his voice. Now Rishi, 21, is doing just that, thanks to Panjab University's community radio Jyotirgamaya that gave him a chance to host a radio show.

Enthusiastic and determined, Rishi, who goes by only one name, does not want his visual disability to come in the way of his dreams. 'I always listened to radio and fantasised to explore the world with the help of my voice,' a visibly excited Rishi told IANS here as his programme went on the air recently.

Aladdin Rainbow

The versatility of the Aladdin Rainbow video magnifier enables a user to view a variety of objects, pictures, and printed materials including magazines in full-color. The Rainbow offers six settings including full color, black and white, and several selectable foreground and background colors allowing the user to choose which setting best suits his or her individual viewing needs., , This system also features an extremely large depth of field for viewing three-dimensional objects and a smooth, non-glare reading table which permits reading heavy books.

Aladdin Pro 75

Developed with a faster refresh rate allowing for longer reading sessions and reduced eye strain, the Aladdin Pro 75 uses proven Aladdin technology helping individuals who may observe screen flicker when relying on peripheral vision for reading. The Pro 75 can display your printed materials in high-contrast black text on a white background and white text on a black background. The user can also display vertical or horizontal line markers and shadow mask to help track text and reduce glare.

Aladdin Classic

The Classic is a black and white video magnifier designed for use by people who have visual impairments (including "legal blindness") which make it difficult or impossible for them to read ordinary printed materials., , Utilizing the easy-to-use picture control selector, the Classic can display your printed materials in high-contrast black text on a white background or white text on a black background. The white text on black or negative image is ideal for glare reduction.

VERA Reading Machine

This elegant wooden stand-alone reading machine is designed for those who are blind or with low vision who want to continue reading easily and independently. The VERA System takes a picture of your printed material with its scanner and then reads the text in crisp, clear speech through an internal synthesizer. You can also view it on a computer monitor or television in large format. VERA's easy to understand keypad has large keys with colorful tactile markings and intuitive placement.

Simon Reading Machine

The Simon reading machine is the world's lightest. This elegant and powerful device represents the culmination of two decades of experience in designing and manufacturing assistive devices, widely used and known by Robotron’s blind and vision-impaired customers all over the world. , , This remarkable reading machine combines all the attributes one should look for in a reading machine: speed, reading accuracy, simplicity of use, low weight and small size.


Thu, 07/19/2012 - 19:08 -- admin

Revathy needs no introduction to movie-goers in India. A highly respected actress, she has aligned herself with disability causes and is closely associated with the Chennai-based Ability Foundation. She was instrumental in organising a wonderful film festival, included in which was an innovative '60 seconds to fame' competition on 'Inclusion'.


The ScannaR is a flat–bed scanner that will scan any text document and read it back to you in seconds., , Unlike other scan-and-read products, it does not need to be connected to a PC, as it has its own hard drive with room for up to 500,000 pages of text, making it one of the most portable scan-and-read products on the market. , , ScannaR allows you to read anything from letters and brochures to newspapers, reports, books or other print materials, and then save them for future reference.

Portset Reader

vThe Portset Reader is a one box, stand alone, scanner with speech built in, all you do is switch on, wait for the spoken announcement, lift the lid, place your print on the glass, press the start key and within a short time the document will be read to you. There is also a built in floppy drive for the transfer of any scanned document to a computer., , Advances in text recognition technology combined with Portset's high quality speech synthesis makes document reading with the Portset Reader a simple task.


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