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Visually impaired can soon access ATMs

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 13:47 -- admin

Under a colourful canopy on the grounds of the Ali Yaver Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, dozens of students from the Happy Home School on Wednesday, milled around hearing about fantastic technologies that would ostensibly make their lives better.

The occasion was World Braille Day and the students of Xavier’s Research Centre for the Visually Challenged (XRCVC) had put on an exhibition of gadgets and technologies that would help the visually impaired in their education.

Visually challenged boy pens novel

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 13:46 -- admin

Inspired by author J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, a visually challenged 18-year-old from a farmer's family in Gokavaram of East Godavari district, has spent seven years of his life writing Pharaoh and the King, a story based on Indian and Egyptian mythology.

Viswanath Venkat Dasari, a second year student of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, Nuziveedu, suffers from Nystagmus and Photophobia — his eyes cannot focus clearly on any object for more than a second.

Visually impaired celebrate democracy through braille EVMs

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 13:38 -- admin

Paving way for the visually impaired to have a decisive role in the country's democratic process, the Election Commission is encouraging use of EVMs having braille signs here in Uttarakhand where polling is on to elect the state's third Assembly. Unlike the 2007 elections when only braille EVMs were introduced, these multi-purpose machines can be used both by visually-challenged and normal persons alike. With this, it has now become possible for the literate visually challenged persons to cast their votes without any help.

Documentary encourages visually impaired

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 13:37 -- admin

A documentary on an inspiring bicycle trip around Taiwan by 10 visually impaired people, each accompanied by a sighted coach, will be released shortly after the Lunar New Year holiday.

The cyclists, dubbed the “knights in the darkness,” set out on tandem bicycles from Taipei on Nov. 19, and returned to the capital on Nov. 29, completing the 11-day 1,050km trip.

“In the beginning, we all thought it was impossible,” said Sandy Peng (彭玉慧), secretary-general of the Taiwan Ah Gan Spiritual Development Association, which organized the trip.

Disabled, Visually Impaired Skiers Competing In Mpls

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 13:35 -- admin

Cross-country skiers know just how physically demanding that sport can, but try facing that challenge without use of your legs or the ability to see the trail ahead of you.

“Imagine skiing 20 miles an hour through a course, down hills and up hills without the use of your vision,” said John Farra, Director of the U.S. Paralympic Nordic Team.

Those were some of the obstacles facing athletes competing in the International Paralympic Nordic Skiing World Cup this week at Theodore Wirth Park.

Sightseeing for blind people

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 13:32 -- admin

So we're standing in the street outside the brothel – or what used to be the brothel – in Pompeii. The one with the rude frescoes on the walls showing ancient Roman punters exactly what they could expect for their sesterces.

There are 20 of us, or thereabouts, and before we go in the man in the white cheesecloth shirt and the floppy sun hat would like a word.

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