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Separate department for disability affairs

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:06 -- admin

There was a ray of hope for differently-abled people in India on Monday when President Pratibha Devisingh Patil announced a separate Department of Disability Affairs in her speech on the first day of the Budget session of Parliament.The Ministry of Civil Aviation also decided to review the existing guidelines for persons with special needs in the wake of a spate of incidents of discrimination faced by them at airports across the country.

Tabla compositions now in Braille

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:05 -- admin

To help visually-challenged children learn classical Indian music, a new book having musical notations and tabla compositions in Braille has been launched.


Published by the city-based Dhwani Academy of Percussion Music in collaboration with the Ramakrishna Mission, the 80-page book 'Tabla Innersight' is available in English, Hindi and Bengali.


Plenty of woes for blind students

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:04 -- admin

The five visually-impaired children appearing for the SSLC examination in the city, two girls and three boys, have more than blindness to overcome.

These children, who attend classes with normal children in regular schools like Cotton Hill and SMV School, are not provided any special tuition.

Making things more difficult for these students, they have not been given Braille-enabled textbooks this year.

School set up for visually-impaired

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:02 -- admin

A school for visually-impaired children has been set up in Baramulla district by Army in collaboration with National Federation of Blind (NFB).

“With the aim of imparting training to visually-impaired children of Baramulla, a school has been established under the aegis of National Federation of Blind, Kashmir,” a defence spokesman said.

Enabling the Disabled

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:01 -- admin

Despite staggering figures that point towards the growing unemployability rate among the disabled, some NGOs and Government     organisations are trying to better the situation by offering such people a platform to perform.On the eve of the World Disabled Day,   Sangeeta Yadav tells you about the available opportunities

Braille newspaper in Hindi from April

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 11:58 -- admin

Visually challenged people across the country will no longer have to rely on radio or TV to catch up on national and international news. A fortnightly Hindi newspaper in Braille, Drishti (vision), will soon be available to more than 20,000 readers through 325 institutions working with the blind.

“There is no greater joy than reading whether you have sight or not. And this is a great way to empower and enlighten the blind through education and entertainment,” said K Ramakrishna, secretary general, National Association for the Blind (NAB).

Work on ways to provide equal opportunities for disabled: HC

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 11:56 -- admin

Alarmed that only 25 per cent of the posts reserved for the physically-challenged in Class-I category government jobs have been filled up owing to non-availability and non-suitability of candidates, the Himachal High Court on Wednesday directed the state government and Public Service Commission to work on alternatives to provide equal opportunities to the disabled.

Chal mere Bhai!

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 11:54 -- admin

He is all of 24, but Bengaluru boy Anirudh Sharma is already making news across the globe. He has been chosen as the Innovator of the year by MIT Technology Review. India TR35, is an award that recognises youngsters below 35 who are innovating in the field of technology.

Visually Impaired Man on Jakarta Transportation Council

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 11:52 -- admin

A visually impaired man became the first person with a disability to sit on the Jakarta Transportation Council as the capital swore in 15 new council members on Tuesday.

Jaka Ahmad, 36, from the Jakarta chapter of the Indonesian Association for the Visually Impaired (Pertuni), said that he would fight for the rights of all people with disabilities during his two-year term as a member of the council known as DTKJ.

Blindness no dampener for this law student

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 11:49 -- admin

This 26-year-old visually challenged law student is indeed a number-cruncher. He does multiplication till 56 lakh and has 25,000 cellphone numbers on the tip of his tongue. Siddu S Loute from Athani taluk of Belgaum was here recently to sell his CD on personality development for students and visually challenged to boost their confidence to succeed in their respective professions.

Visually impaired explore world with Braille books

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 11:48 -- admin

The Jagruti School for Blind Girls at Alandi in Pune district has started a Braille press along with digital library and publication centre, which is the third of its kind facility in Maharashtra.

The Braille Book Publishing Centre was inaugurated on the auspicious day of Gudi Padwa on March 23 by printing verses from the famous commentary work on the Gita, ‘Dnyaneshwari’ by Saint Dnyaneshwar.

Early intervention centres for visually challenged

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 11:46 -- admin

In a gesture aimed at improving the lot of differently abled persons in the State, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Saturday unveiled a number of schemes including the launch of early intervention centre for visually challenged in 20 districts, petrol scooter for physically challenged and interest-free loans for self-employment.

A government press release said the intervention centres would come up in districts including Chennai, Coimbatore, Dindigul, Theni, Tiruchi, Kanyakumari, Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Kancheepuram, Karur and Nagapattinam.


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