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Techology that teaches

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:22 -- admin

Until a few days ago, Arjun and Althaf, Std X students of SMV School were at the mercy of their teachers to learn their daily lessons. Unlike other students of their class who had no problem following the new textbooks with changed syllabus, visually-impaired Arjun and Althaf who have not yet received the Braille texts had been struggling to keep up with their friends. “Not any more,” said the boys showing their audio CD packs which had recordings of all the lessons for their coming exams.

Aiding learning

Visually challenged persons seek free house pattas

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:20 -- admin

Visually challenged persons marched to the Collector's office from Thangaraj Salai to draw the attention of the State government to consider their demands, which included issuance of house site pattas.

The members led by Sadasivam, Rajamani and others pleaded to the Collector during the grievance day meeting to direct the authorities concerned to issue free house site pattas.

District Collector U. Sagayam asked the authorities to examine their demands for house site pattas and issue necessary orders.

Pension payments to be linked to Aadhaar

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:19 -- admin

The Centre has decided to link payment of pension for the elderly, widows and disabled persons to the Aadhaar to ensure timely delivery.

The decision was taken here on Tuesday at a meeting chaired by Union Minister of Rural Development Jairam Ramesh. The present structure of payment is a time-consuming one and does not allow for monthly payment of the pension of Rs.200 to those eligible under these three categories.

SSA conducts medical camp for differently abled children

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:17 -- admin

A total of 109 differently abled children attended the medical camp organised by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Vellore at the Block Resource Centre of Madhanur on Wednesday. This was part of the second phase of medical camps to be organised by SSA.

According to officials, 109 differently abled children in the age group of 1 to 18 years attended the camp. The camp covered physically challenged children, those with speech and hearing impairment and mentally challenged children from Madhanur and surrounding blocks.

Blind photographer has Edinburgh in focus

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:15 -- admin

ANDREW Follows is often seen holding on to his guide dog with one hand and his camera with the other.

‘‘People can often see me [and must be] thinking that doesn’t look right,’’ he laughs.

Born with a condition known as retinitis pigmentosa, Follows has no sight in his left eye and tunnel vision and cataracts in his right eye. He has just a metre of clear sight compared to the 70 metres a person with normal vision has.

Despite being legally blind, Follows is proving that those without sight can still have vision.

Public information yet to go the differently abled way

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:13 -- admin

For those who grew up in the age before cable television when programmes aired on Doordarshan were the stuff that Sunday afternoons were made of, news broadcast in sign language would always remain etched in their minds.

Fast forward two decades later, the communication intended for the benefit of the hearing impaired is hard to come by on our television channels. Yet another sign of a society that excludes the concept of ‘inclusion', activists would concur.

Lack of awareness

Recruitment guidelines for physically challenged demanded

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:12 -- admin

Members of the Joint Action Committee of the Disability Rights Movement of Odisha demanded that the State government should strictly implement existing recruitment guidelines for absorbing people with disabilities in different jobs.

“It is a matter of great concern that, the chief secretary has announced a time bound special recruitment drive for PwDs. However, the order was never translated into action,” said the committee in a memorandum addressed to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Winds of change for physically challenged

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:10 -- admin

Rekha Goyal, 23, lost her sight due to chickenpox when she was just three. But the fighter that she is, she educated herself at one of the best institutions and found employment in a bank.

With the help of her post-graduate education, and computer and English language skills learnt at the Venu Institute of Universal Education (VIUE), many visually impaired people like Goyal as well as those with other physical handicaps are successfully defying the stereotype that the physically challenged cannot be employed in regular jobs.

Separate department for disability affairs

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:06 -- admin

There was a ray of hope for differently-abled people in India on Monday when President Pratibha Devisingh Patil announced a separate Department of Disability Affairs in her speech on the first day of the Budget session of Parliament.The Ministry of Civil Aviation also decided to review the existing guidelines for persons with special needs in the wake of a spate of incidents of discrimination faced by them at airports across the country.

Tabla compositions now in Braille

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:05 -- admin

To help visually-challenged children learn classical Indian music, a new book having musical notations and tabla compositions in Braille has been launched.


Published by the city-based Dhwani Academy of Percussion Music in collaboration with the Ramakrishna Mission, the 80-page book 'Tabla Innersight' is available in English, Hindi and Bengali.


Plenty of woes for blind students

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:04 -- admin

The five visually-impaired children appearing for the SSLC examination in the city, two girls and three boys, have more than blindness to overcome.

These children, who attend classes with normal children in regular schools like Cotton Hill and SMV School, are not provided any special tuition.

Making things more difficult for these students, they have not been given Braille-enabled textbooks this year.

School set up for visually-impaired

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:02 -- admin

A school for visually-impaired children has been set up in Baramulla district by Army in collaboration with National Federation of Blind (NFB).

“With the aim of imparting training to visually-impaired children of Baramulla, a school has been established under the aegis of National Federation of Blind, Kashmir,” a defence spokesman said.

Enabling the Disabled

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:01 -- admin

Despite staggering figures that point towards the growing unemployability rate among the disabled, some NGOs and Government     organisations are trying to better the situation by offering such people a platform to perform.On the eve of the World Disabled Day,   Sangeeta Yadav tells you about the available opportunities


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