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‘I don’t have both eyes, but Siddaramaiah does’

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 13:25 -- nikita.jain

As the protest by gazetted probationers of the KPSC 2011 batch intensified on Saturday, 32-year-old Kempahonnaiah showed no signs of fatigue.

Selected on his second attempt at the exam, the visually-impaired candidate was to become a tahsildar. But the Cabinet decision put paid to that dream. “I wanted to set an example to other blind people that they can also achieve success in life,” said a dejected Kempahonnaiah.

The blind photographer

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:53 -- nikita.jain

Brenden Borrellini was born completely deaf and with limited sight that developed into complete blindness. His disability presented many obstacles for him growing up but with a lot of hard work and help from the Special Education Unit at the Cavendish Road State School in Brisbane, he became the first deaf and blind student to finish his high school education and to attend University.
In 1989 he was nationally recognised and won the young Australian of the Year award for his academic achievements. But Brenden didn't stop there.

Sound solutions

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 11:02 -- nikita.jain

-Radio Udaan, a pan-Indian online radio initiative run for and by the blind, offers a platform for the visually challenged to network, counsel and motivate each otherThey RJ shows, report news, network for content, manage software platforms, handle web hosting and design, and take care of finance, administration and marketing — all this, without the support of sight. Tune in to Radio Udaan, an amazing pan-Indian online radio initiative for the blind, manned exclusively by the blind.

Documentary on Vaikom Vijayalakshmi Released

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:17 -- nikita.jain

A documentary on singer Vaikom Vijayalakshmi, directed by V K Subhash, was released here on Sunday.   An august audience, including writer M K Sanu, music director Jerry Amaldev and Assistant Commissioner for Traffic Baby Vinod, attended the documentary release held at the Children’s Park. Vijayalakshmi has been suffering from an incurable form of blindness since birth.

An Obama dinner invite for a disabled Indian girl

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:52 -- nikita.jain

Next week, US President Barack Obama and his wife will host 12 disabled people from all over the world, including one from Mumbai, for an exclusive dinner at the White House. 

The lucky Mumbaikar from suburban Goregaon is athlete Neha P Naik, 23, who is a Special Olympics International Global Messenger, besides taking part in the 100 metres and shot put events. 

PM donates $1.52m to visually impaired cricketers

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:12 -- nikita.jain

Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller on Tuesday presented a cheque valued at $1.52 million to the Jamaica Visually Impaired Cricket Association (JVICA) at Jamaica House.

The funds will go towards covering the cost for hosting the upcoming 7th regional visually impaired cricket tournament to be held July 18-24, the Office of the Prime Minister said.

Meet the retired Mirzas who make the best of HAM radios

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:08 -- nikita.jain

In between noting down in Braille about those who have checked in, 72-year-old Perviz Mirza excitedly demands that the walkie-talkie be handed over to her! Though she and her 70-year-old brother, Vispi, take turns to go online on alternate days, excitement welled up when she heard familiar voices on Friday night. They were on the "net", a ritual every active HAM follows every night.


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