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Holding up the sky

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:48 -- admin

“We are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision.”–Helen Keller
A trauma counsellor, corporate trainer, writer, aerobics trainer, public speaker and director of Silver Linings Human Resource Solution Private Limited — all rolled into one, Preeti Monga’s achievements are inspirational for any youngster. Interestingly, that she lost her vision early in life could not deter Ms. Monga from living up to her dreams.

Disabled to get preference in house allotment

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:46 -- admin

 Persons with disabilities would now be given preference in allotment of industrial housing units, sheds and plots in Delhi as a policy in this regard has come into force with immediate effect.
This has become possible as the Delhi Government has adopted the policy for preferential allotment and concessions to persons with disability as recommended in the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Right and Full Participation) Act, 1995, for disposal of industrial plots, housing flats and built-up sheds.

Delhi University's visually impaired girls brave odds on their own

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:44 -- admin

Sonam Dikki Bhutia, a visually impaired English honours student at Delhi University's Daulat Ram College has learnt to draw on her inner reserves of strength to get to class every morning.
She negotiates potholes outside her hostel in Burari village on her way to the university more than 10 km away, a tough journey for her - with no help from the university. It has become a way of life for her.

Fleksy Fosters Flexible Typing For Visually Impaired People

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:42 -- admin

Fleksy, an upcoming text input app, is about to make iOS more accessible.
As it is, iOS already has an impressive suite of accessibility solutions that cater to users with disabilities. Foremost among these is VoiceOver. VoiceOver aids visually impaired users by speaking items on the screen. In addition, it provides alternative selection and scrolling gestures.

Self Defence for Visually Impaired

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:40 -- admin

A self-defence workshop for the visually impaired was held at H K College, Oshiwara, on Sunday. At least 24 visually challenged persons participated in the workshop conducted by Voice Vision, a computer training institute. Martial arts expert Pawan Sharma, along with five trainers and two doctors, taught the participants defence techniques that are a mix of karate, judo and aikido.

Visually impaired man killed in Bhagwatipara

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:38 -- admin

A 40-year-old person suffering from night blindness was murdered in the city on Tuesday night when he tried to intervene in a scuffle near his house.
According to police, the deceased has been identified as Bharat Vishodiya, a resident of Bhagwatipara area. At around 10 pm on Tuesday, Vishodiya came out of his home after hearing about a fight. He thought his younger brother Dinesh was involved in the ruckus and went to inquire about it.

RTE to cheer up lives of differently-abled kids

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:36 -- admin

To provide education to all children in the state, irrespective of their physical and mental health, the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan has implemented a new programme for differently-able children.
From this academic year, resource teachers have been appointed to provide home-based education for children with multiple and severe disabilities under the age of 18. The programme is being implemented as part of the Right to Education Act.

Free walking tour of Little India

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:33 -- admin

CITY Hall's free  guided tour of Brickfields on foot every Saturday  has helped tourists and  locals to discover the many charms of Little India, especially with the latter's historical landmarks built between the 1920s and '80s.
The guided walks, organised since Feb  18,  is about two and a half hours, and begins at 8.30am.

Vivekananda Ashram is the  starting point.

 After registration, tour guide Woo Yin Khee,  better known as Billy,  will brief groups about the tour before heading to Jalan Rozario at 9pm.

Man helps visually-challenged people ‘see’ things as never before

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:31 -- admin

Galvanised by his desire to improve the lives of the visually-impaired, Shahzad Zaidi has been burning the midnight oil for the past five years in order to develop “tactile graphics”, which, according to him, help them ‘see’ through their hands.

He has created over 100 low-cost learning aids and games for the visually-challenged. These include Urdu and English alphabet books with pictures, a science book which depicts a solar system and cross-section of a cell, colouring books, maps and games such as tic-tac-toe.

Sonia panel slams disability bill

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:21 -- admin

The Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council has drilled holes in a draft law to protect the rights of people with disabilities and recommended changes, including in the very definition of the term.
In its report on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill (RPDB), 2011, the council also voiced displeasure that the three nodal ministries involved in the exercise — social justice, health and human resource development — appeared to be operating in isolation.

Schools to become more differently abled- friendly

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 13:45 -- admin

Child-friendly toilets for differently abled, ramps and hand-rails in school buildings and strengthening resource centres for CWSN were given importance in Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA)’s activities under Inclusive Education for Differently Abled (IED) this year. An SSA report states that Coimbatore Education District excelled in providing facilities for differently abled children by conducting 148 surgeries and distributing assistive devices to 968 children, the highest across the State.

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