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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.

An Able Chorus

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 11:39 -- admin

It was at an event for the Tata Memorial Hospital close to five years ago that Marzy Parakh first saw Udaan perform. This was no usual band —Udaan comprised musicians who were visually and physically challenged.

Document Actions Send this page to somebody Print this page DISABLING PERCEPTIONS

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 11:37 -- admin

Newspapers recently reported Jeeja Ghosh of the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy being asked to get off a SpiceJet Calcutta-Goa flight. Shortly after boarding she was made to get off the plane by flight attendants who brought her to the terminal building. The pilot refused to fly the plane with her on board. His reason was that she appeared to be suffering from disability.

It's a long haul for para-athletes of the country

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 11:34 -- admin

Athletes pay from their pockets for travel to Bangalore for the Para-Athletics National Championship

They are athletes who made our country proud in Paralympics, Para-Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and other international championships. Yet, they had to pay from their own pockets to travel from their respective States to Bangalore to participate in the Para-Athletics National Championship 2012.

The First 'Fully Accessible' TV Launched

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 11:31 -- admin

A major television manufacturer is about to launch a new range of televisions which, they claim, will be completely accessible to visually impaired people.

Panasonic will launch new models of their sets that will include text-to-speech software built-in, without the need for a seperate set top box.

Viewers will also be able to access the Electronic Program Guide, menus and audio description - something that has never been available in a single solution.

Centre pat for disability battle

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 11:28 -- admin

The Centre has lauded the efforts of the disability commissioner for his efforts to redress grievances of the disabled in Jharkhand, which has outshone other states in providing justice to a section of society that is often ignored.

A letter dated March 12 from the office of the chief commissioner for persons with disabilities, under the Union ministry of social justice and empowerment, hailed Satish Chandra for successful use of “mobile courts” in Jharkhand.

A cafe for the differently-abled

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 11:26 -- admin

Saturday saw the opening of the city’s first hangout for differently-abled youth, Kalakkal Cafe, on the Vidya Sagar campus in Kotturpuram, a prime locality.

�� Anuradha Shankaran, a teacher at Vidya Sagar, says, “The menus are in braille language for the visually-challenged, text for those who can read and just pictures for those who cannot read. The place is accessible to wheelchairs, and has tactile walls, bathrooms and eating aids.”

Bus hailing kits for visually impaired commuters

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 11:24 -- admin

The ACT Government is running a three month trial where participants receive a pocket-sized bus hailing kit containing Braille number cards and a plastic sleeve.

It can be used to make a sign showing the number of the bus route the commuter would like to catch, and then held up to signal the driver.

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says the system has been used in Canada.

"These have been used overseas to help people with a visual impairment catch a bus, and make sure that they are hailing the actual bus that they want to catch," she said.

Holistic care for the visually-impaired

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 11:23 -- admin

Despite all odds, they have been caring for the visually-challenged, especially those belonging to the weaker sections of the society. This has been the mantra that has kept the ‘Divine Light Trust for the Blind’ going for the last six decades.

Entering the 61st year, this institution was established by Rev Father Abraham. He knew the challenges of being visually-impaired very intimately and hence, wanted to help them. Today, this fully-residential centre caters to the needs of 74 children, with some even living with speech and hearing disabilities.


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