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'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.

2,000 physically challenged to be placed in IT, BPO sector

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:31 -- admin

The Wadhwani Foundation on Thursday announced a tie-up with NASSCOM in which the foundation would assist around 2,000 educated people with disabilities in getting placed in the IT/BPO and software industries around the country.

In a press conference on Thursday, the foundation launched a 'Web accessibility handbook' which would provide insights to companies looking to provide information and communication technology accessibility for their disabled employees.

University of Pune to improve access for visually impaired

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:30 -- admin

The University of Pune (UoP) is all set to improve accessibility for visually impaired students on its campus.

The department of education and extension, headed by prof Sanjeev Sonawane, is working on a project to install advanced sensors at various locations often accessed by students to help needy students navigate through the campus.

Department officials said the project, which took several months to develop, would take up to 3 months to implement.

The New Samsung Galaxy Nexus Offers Support For Visually Impaired Users

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:28 -- admin

We are about to see the release of the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the first mobile phone to come with the Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Android operating system installed. There are some well documented improvements offered by this new system such as unified applications for both mobile phones and tablet devices. There are however some features that are less well known and one of them is the support offered to visually impaired users.

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Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:26 -- admin

With World Disability Day being observed Saturday, software major Micrsoft India introduced disabled-friendly tools for application in software of common use. It also announced special certification programmes for those with impairments.

"It is estimated that there are around 70 million people with disabilities in India. Ensuring that their needs are met with and that they have an equal opportunity is crucial to the process of inclusive growth in the country," Microsoft India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik said.

High Court strikes down provision in MHADA guidelines

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:22 -- admin

The Bombay High Court on Thursday struck down a significant provision of the guidelines of the Mararashtra Housing Area Development Authority (MHADA) on its upcoming recruitment examination of visually impaired candidates.

The provision states that the candidate’s scribe must himself have secured a lower score than the candidate in a previous examination or less than 60 percent marks in his examination. The MHADA examination is scheduled on Sunday.

Verena Bentele Named Best Female Athlete by IPC

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 15:21 -- admin

After winning five gold medals in as many races at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, Germany’s visually impaired biathlete and cross-country skier Verena Bentele has been named the Best Female Athlete for the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Paralympic Sport Awards.

The award, proudly partnered by Allianz, the IPC’s international partner, was presented to Bentele during the Paralympic Awards Gala on 10 December in the Intercontinental Hotel ballroom in Beijing, China.

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.

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