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A waiting room for seniors, persons with disabilities

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:31 -- admin

The Indian Railways has set up an exclusive waiting room, complete with a restroom and wash area, for senior citizens and persons with disabilities at the Bangalore City railway station's Platform No. 1.

According to a press release, this area would be maintained by a non-governmental organisation that runs battery-operated vehicles on the platforms for senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

For the 1st time, car rally for visually impaired in city

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:30 -- admin

The organisers of the event call it a “rally with a difference” and indeed it is one. On March 4, Pune will witness its first car rally for the visually impaired. The rally, which will be flagged off at 8 am from Phoenix Market City Mall, Kalyani Nagar, is expected to get registrations from around 125 drivers. The rally will follow a strict pattern - the participants will drive the car, while a visually impaired navigator in the car will direct the driver by reading through an instruction manual written in Braille.

Egmore hospital not in list of centres performing transplants

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:28 -- admin

The Government Ophthalmic Hospital, Egmore, one of the major referral centres for eye care, has been left out from the list of recognised facilities for performing corneal transplantation in the State. Officials attribute it to a “clerical error.”

The hospital's name does not feature on the State government's website of cadaver transplant programme.

The gift of sight

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:27 -- admin

Aravind Jayabal bagged the prestigious ‘Silver Eye Award' for his short film titled “Vizhigal” on eye donation recently. Aravind is the founder and creative director of Raindropss, an NGO, comprising Chennai-based artists whose aim is to spread social awareness through short films and theme songs. “Vizhigal” is Raindropps' first project to bag an award. The NGO recently released two films that send out a powerful social message.

Blind women meet today

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 12:23 -- admin

The Asian Blind Union is hosting a three-day event at Hotel City Park in Pitampura here beginning this Monday to discuss problems faced by visually impaired women in the Asian region.

“Blind Women Meet” will be inaugurated by World Blind Union president Maryanne Diamond from Australia. The second day will see “Conference of Asian Blind Union”.

On the last day, general assembly of blind representatives from the Asian region will discuss organisational matters and election of the new team.

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.

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