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Sankaranarayanan unveils Marathi encyclopedia for blind kids

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

Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan today launched the first Marathi Encyclopedia for blind children. It has been prepared by the Maharashtra State Vishwakosh Nirmiti Mandal in association with the National Association for the Blind. The function was held at Raj Bhavan, a release said. The Governor complimented the Mandal, its chairperson Dr Vijaya Wad and NAB for "opening the doors of knowledge to the visually impaired children" by producing the encyclopedia in Braille.

Need for inclusive education system

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:17 -- admin

At least 15 children suffering from various disabilities narrated the problems faced by them in pursuing education in Delhi during a ‘jan sunvai' (people's hearing) organised by Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights and NGO Aarth Astha here recently. A number of parents and eminent people also spoke about the issue at large. The meeting lamented that “barriers for inclusive education exist at different levels and discrimination of children with disabilities is widespread among families, communities, education system and policies and programmes”.

CBSE to have special question papers for visually impaired students

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:16 -- admin

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) board has a ’vision’ for its visually impaired students. CBSE wants to encourage visually impaired students to pursue careers in the Science stream.

From this academic year, such students from class XI and XII, will get special question papers without any visual inputs like graphs or diagrams for subjects such as physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics.Instead of practicals, they will have to appear for a multiple choice questions test, which will be based on practical content.

Young icon for visually-impaired is dead

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

“Saima is no more,” wrote Ammar Masood, husband of the visually-impaired activist for the blind people, on his Facebook page on Thursday.

Messages from across the globe poured in expressing condolence and sharing the pain with the bereaved family.

A large number of visually-impaired people, friends and admirers of Saima started turning up at her residence. Saima’s father Brig Niaz along with his father-in-law Anwar Masood, a famous Punjabi poet, was seen sharing their grief with the well-wishers.

Techvision puts blind youths from Pune on cloud nine

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:09 -- admin

Breaking barriers, a group of Pune-based visually impaired youth are writing computer programmes for a US-based information technology (IT) company to enable it to better sell its cloud computing products. The five visually-impaired youth, who belong to Techvision, the IT unit of the city-based NGO, Niwant Andh Mukta Vikasalaya, are working on integrating the US firm Boardwalktech’s existing Excel platform with emerging spreadsheet applications.

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.

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