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CNIB helps visually impaired people lead a full life

Tue, 10/29/2013 - 11:59 -- deepti.gahrotra
Life is what happened while Ian White was making other plans. Diagnosed with congenital glaucoma at six months of age, he had experimental surgery and it saved his sight. He wore glasses from the age of 2, which gave him vision well into adulthood. Although he hated wearing them as a kid and found plenty of innovative ways to ditch his glasses including burying them in his sandbox, they did what they were supposed to.

Shedding 'inner light' on functioning of civic body

Tue, 10/29/2013 - 11:46 -- deepti.gahrotra

Umpteen reasons could be cited to give up when hurdles come across one’s way. Or stay scared before fate. Here, let’s take your attention to S L Harikumar, who now basks in the sweet success of winning a doctorate in Political Science from Kerala University.

Born visually-impaired, this assistant professor in Political Science cleared all the obstructions with his willpower and dedication to achieve his dream. He chose ‘Decentralisation and Development in Urban Local Government: A Study of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation 1995-2005’ as his topic.

Chandigarh students design glove to help blind ‘feel the world around’

Tue, 10/29/2013 - 11:44 -- deepti.gahrotra

Imagine a visually-impaired navigating through a crowded sidewalk or finding his way through traffic, without the aid of a walking stick or another person. In the near future, a blind person would be able to do so — by wearing a glove.

In a revolutionary technology, a city-based young student has come out with a device that can help the blind 'run through obstacles, or win a hurdle race' - in Abhinav Verma's own words.

Making light of dark stuff

Mon, 10/21/2013 - 11:19 -- deepti.gahrotra

'I am a Kannadiga from Bangalore," Sundeep Rao tells an audience full of Tamilians in Coimbatore. Then he bends over and makes a show of hiding his bottle of water from the room. Even though Rao's left hand takes a second longer to find the bottle, the Cauvery crisis reference works instantly, laughter fills the delay and no one notices the Kannadiga's real problem. Bullet dodged.

The Light Within: Stories of resilience and triumphs

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 11:01 -- deepti.gahrotra

Engineers and mechanics from around the country needing specialised help with repairs turn to Riyazuddin, a visually-impaired motorcycle mechanic in Bhopal who can tell what is wrong with an engine just by listening to its sound. 

Sangeeta is sightless but runs a residential school for the visually impaired in Bihar and is also the brain behind an NGO for helping poor children in the neighbouring villages. 

India's Algorithms wins best film trophy at Film South Asia festival

Tue, 10/08/2013 - 10:59 -- deepti.gahrotra

Algorithms, a documentary about blind chess players in India, won the Ram Bahadur Tamang Best Film Trophy at the 9th Film South Asia (FSA) festival in Kathmandu.

The fest cocluded here Sunday.

The documentary tells the story of three visually impaired chess players, who compete at championships around the world.

Going beyond sight and story, the documentary, produced by Geetha J., delves into the hidden realms of subjectivity.

Directed by Ian MacDonald, it was completed in three years.

Software provides easy access to Braille music scores

Mon, 10/07/2013 - 11:29 -- deepti.gahrotra

Hiroko Oyamaguchi is volunteer transcriber who transforms musical scores into Braille, enabling visually impaired musicians to read the notes.

It can be a long process even for a 30-year veteran like Oyamaguchi, 62, who says a complicated piece of Debussy music can take her up to a month to complete.
That all began to change in 2006.

A question of vision, not sight

Mon, 09/30/2013 - 11:46 -- deepti.gahrotra

A new television series is trying to change society’s attitude towards the visually impaired.

"My family members don’t realise what I am doing on my own without their help. They only see what I don’t or cannot. This upsets me no end.” I remember these words by a senior research scholar I knew. He was visually impaired.


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