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Fleksy Fosters Flexible Typing For Visually Impaired People

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:42 -- admin

Fleksy, an upcoming text input app, is about to make iOS more accessible.
As it is, iOS already has an impressive suite of accessibility solutions that cater to users with disabilities. Foremost among these is VoiceOver. VoiceOver aids visually impaired users by speaking items on the screen. In addition, it provides alternative selection and scrolling gestures.

Self Defence for Visually Impaired

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:40 -- admin

A self-defence workshop for the visually impaired was held at H K College, Oshiwara, on Sunday. At least 24 visually challenged persons participated in the workshop conducted by Voice Vision, a computer training institute. Martial arts expert Pawan Sharma, along with five trainers and two doctors, taught the participants defence techniques that are a mix of karate, judo and aikido.

Visually impaired man killed in Bhagwatipara

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:38 -- admin

A 40-year-old person suffering from night blindness was murdered in the city on Tuesday night when he tried to intervene in a scuffle near his house.
According to police, the deceased has been identified as Bharat Vishodiya, a resident of Bhagwatipara area. At around 10 pm on Tuesday, Vishodiya came out of his home after hearing about a fight. He thought his younger brother Dinesh was involved in the ruckus and went to inquire about it.

RTE to cheer up lives of differently-abled kids

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:36 -- admin

To provide education to all children in the state, irrespective of their physical and mental health, the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan has implemented a new programme for differently-able children.
From this academic year, resource teachers have been appointed to provide home-based education for children with multiple and severe disabilities under the age of 18. The programme is being implemented as part of the Right to Education Act.

Free walking tour of Little India

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:33 -- admin

CITY Hall's free  guided tour of Brickfields on foot every Saturday  has helped tourists and  locals to discover the many charms of Little India, especially with the latter's historical landmarks built between the 1920s and '80s.
The guided walks, organised since Feb  18,  is about two and a half hours, and begins at 8.30am.

Vivekananda Ashram is the  starting point.

 After registration, tour guide Woo Yin Khee,  better known as Billy,  will brief groups about the tour before heading to Jalan Rozario at 9pm.

Man helps visually-challenged people ‘see’ things as never before

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:31 -- admin

Galvanised by his desire to improve the lives of the visually-impaired, Shahzad Zaidi has been burning the midnight oil for the past five years in order to develop “tactile graphics”, which, according to him, help them ‘see’ through their hands.

He has created over 100 low-cost learning aids and games for the visually-challenged. These include Urdu and English alphabet books with pictures, a science book which depicts a solar system and cross-section of a cell, colouring books, maps and games such as tic-tac-toe.

Sonia panel slams disability bill

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 15:21 -- admin

The Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council has drilled holes in a draft law to protect the rights of people with disabilities and recommended changes, including in the very definition of the term.
In its report on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill (RPDB), 2011, the council also voiced displeasure that the three nodal ministries involved in the exercise — social justice, health and human resource development — appeared to be operating in isolation.

Schools to become more differently abled- friendly

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 13:45 -- admin

Child-friendly toilets for differently abled, ramps and hand-rails in school buildings and strengthening resource centres for CWSN were given importance in Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA)’s activities under Inclusive Education for Differently Abled (IED) this year. An SSA report states that Coimbatore Education District excelled in providing facilities for differently abled children by conducting 148 surgeries and distributing assistive devices to 968 children, the highest across the State.

Role of parents

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 12:08 -- admin

As soon as the baby is born, the mother and father become attached to their child through touch – through holding, carrying, and playing with their baby. The world of movement begins, and it is the parents who are the first educators of their child. This holds true for visually impaired children too.

Self-care

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 12:03 -- admin

Parenthood is all about nurturing and looking after your offspring. It is never too early to start helping your child toward eventual independent decision making, be it grooming, self-care or self-image.

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