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Clarity Flex

The Clarity Flex video magnifier consists of an easy to use, full color Auto-focus flex arm camera attached to a 14" arm that is mounted on an XY table. If your primary magnification needs are reading, writing, looking at three dimensional objects/pictures, and doing hobbies, then the full color Auto-focus Clarity Flex is your video magnification solution.

Career guidance for the visually impaired

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:56 -- admin

The Karnataka Welfare Association for the Blind (KWAB) is organising a two-day career guidance programme for the visually impaired students on Friday and Saturday.

Speaking to presspersons here on Tuesday, KWAB general secretary S. Parashivamurthy said not many visually impaired students were aware of what to pursue after SSLC and PU examinations.

At the programme, the visually impaired students will be taught how to communicate to stay on a par with other candidates.

Talks & Zooms at 1800; Hindi TTS also available

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:55 -- admin

Second phase of Nuance Talks at concessional rate

Special Announcement

Based on feedback and requests of users, Saksham is back again with:

Limited time offer for Nuance Talks at concessional rate of Rs. 1800 only

Get a phone that supports talks, get just the talks premium edition license along with DAISY player and magnification software by paying just Rs. 1800.

This time we are here with some new options:

Clarity Deskmate

      For the student who wants to travel from classroom to classroom with minimal equipment, the Clarity Deskmate system offers a high-quality mobile video magnification solution. Deskmate combines Clarity’s Flex video magnifier with a 15” monitor for excellent visibility. Setup is a snap — just plug in and switch on!

Visually impaired student makes it to IIM

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:53 -- admin

A 26-year-old 100 per cent visually impaired student from Kolkata has battled all odds to make it to the prestigious management school - IIM.

The IIM dream, chased by many but realised by few. 26-year-old Suresh Reddy from IIM Calcutta belongs to the select club. He was 13 years old when he lost his vision. His parents asked him to quit studies, but Reddy fought on. Armed with new technology and helped by friends, he cracked the IIM entrance - the first person with 100 per cent visual impairment to get admission into the elite management school.

Niwant TechVision – A team of blind software engineers in Pune

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:51 -- admin

What’s common to Stevie Wonder, Surdas, Helen Keller and Siddhant Chothe, Nitin Dhaware, Sandhya Murkute, Sanghapal Bhowate and Vikas Waghmare? All of them are achievers whose visual impairment did not spell an end to their world. The latter five people form the Team TechVision, ‘a software writing firm’ at the Niwant Andh Mukta Vikasalaya in Pune.

Improved accessibility for Google Calendar

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:50 -- admin

Today we announced some of the updates we’ve released recently to make Google’s applications more accessible to the blind community. Google Calendar now has new keyboard shortcuts and better screen reader support for our blind users. Members of the blind community can now use JAWS, VoiceOver and ChromeVox to manage your calendars, create and edit events or simply browse your events. Here are a few examples of how screen readers and keyboard shortcuts work with Google Calendar:
 

Mumbai students develop robots to improve lives of the blind, elderly

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:45 -- admin

Imagine a robotic walker that can tell exactly how much and where your grandmother has walked on a particular day.

Or better still, imagine a game of air hockey that can be played even by blind people. City students have built robots that will improve the lives of the elderly and the visually impaired.

A group of students from international schools in the city have developed robots as part of the Sixth Indian Robotic Olympiad - Mumbai Chapter.

A group of 14-year-old students bagged the first prize in the open category.

A visually impaired man & his will to live life to the fullest

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:43 -- admin

Heinrich Wagner is a visually impaired man, one who has brazenly performed numerous feats that would reduce most 'normal' human beings to quivering, cowering messes. Apart from participating in several endurance-testing marathons, the Capetonian has broken two land speed records, sky-dived from a height of 10,000 feet and bungee-jumped from one of the highest bridges in the world. Apart from cycling solo for 39km, Wagner has completed the 2011 ABSA Cape Epic (regarded as the Tour de France of mountain biking).

Just 1,000 teachers for disabled students in Karnataka

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:42 -- admin

As compared to its neighbours, Karnataka is not disabled-friendly. The state funds just 30 schools, a dismal number when compared to Maharashtra, which funds 900 schools, and Kerala, which supports 244 schools.

Making this incisive criticism, on Saturday, disability commissioner KV Rajanna said the commission is sending teams to neighbouring states to study how special schools are administered.

The reason for the government’s apathy is not absence of funds, said Rajanna.

'No physio course for handicapped'

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:40 -- admin

A degree in physiotherapy may not be an option for some in the physically challenged category. Maharashtra Council for Occupational Physiotherapy (MCOP) has come out with draft guidelines holding visually, hearing and speech-impaired candidates ineligible for admission to Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (BOTh) and Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPTh) courses.

Additional government pleader G W Mattos informed the Bombay high court on Tuesday that the guidelines are based on a report of a three-member expert committee. He submitted the report to court which

A visually challenged PhD, she inspires people with her vision

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:39 -- admin

She may not be able to see. But that hasn't dented her spirit to live her life to the fullest. GN Sangeetha, 38, was barely seven when she lost her eyesight to a brain tumour. Her cornea was intact and she has now pledged to donate her eyes so at least two persons can see. Today, she guides and inspires many like her by sharing her experiences.

'Smart cane' to guide visually impaired in hills

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:37 -- admin

White canes will soon be passe. Now, visually impaired persons can depend on smart stick to guide them through hills and crowded roads. Fixed with sensors, it will alert the user about the lurking danger via vibrations and also inform about the size, shape and type of obstacles.

Developed by IIT-Delhi with the help of Delhi-based NGO Saksham, the first phase of week-long trials of smart cane for the hills involving six students, including three Class XI girls of local Portmore School, ended here on Friday.

Maharashtra reinstates visually impaired clerk to college

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:36 -- admin

In a major relief to a visually impaired employee of Chetna College, who was sacked by the college because of her disability, the state government has order her reinstatement by November 30 at the same post.

On Friday, government pleader GW Mattos informed a division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice RS Dalvi about the state government’s decision to reinstate Nilima Surve as junior clerk.

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