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Tech firms adopt differently-abled-friendly softwares

Mon, 09/23/2013 - 12:25 -- deepti.gahrotra

Assistive technologies like talking cash counting machines and Braille business card readers are being increasingly adopted.The differently abled might be making up merely 1% of the total IT and technology workforce. But to appear diverse and distinct, firms in the city are leaving no stone unturned for transforming themselves into “disable friendly” companies.

Serial to celebrate vision of the sightless

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 10:54 -- deepti.gahrotra

Asif Iqbal is a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers; Sk Mozammal Haque a businessman; Raja Faiyaz and Subhasish Bandyopadhyay theatre activists. All of them are blind. They, along with sculptor Benode Behari Mukherjee who taught at Kala Bhavan in Santiniketan, feature in a 13-episode television documentary conceived by a man who is also blind.

Visually challenged, he eyes a future

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 12:00 -- deepti.gahrotra

Blindness of establishment did not deter Bolla's dream of being an enterpreneur.

When the poor farmer’s wife gave birth to a blind baby, neighbours suggested that the parents kill the child as it would be a burden on them. But the child’s mother argued that when the grew up and becomes capable of at least stopping dogs from entering the house, he would be a gift for her.

Differently abled youth enthrall audience at Tiruchi cultural event

Tue, 08/20/2013 - 12:09 -- deepti.gahrotra

Kanniga’s lilting voice and soulful rendition of a popular song touched the hearts of listeners as they were awed by the visually impaired girl’s talent and passion.

She was one among several differently abled youngsters who participated in Youth Fest 2013 organised by Team of Social Service (TOSS) at Bishop Heber College on Sunday.

The college auditorium was filled with enthusiastic participants above the age of 15, who danced, sang, drew pictures, and performed mono-acting with passion during the one-day cultural event.

Making air travel more dignified

Mon, 08/12/2013 - 11:52 -- deepti.gahrotra

Security checks often leave persons with disabilities humiliated, traumatised

In view of several recent protests against the insensitive approach of security personnel at airports while checking persons with disabilities, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) on Wednesday convened a meeting with representatives of the disability sector for inputs on Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to ensure that persons with disabilities are not humiliated and traumatised.

By George! He's a Visionary

Mon, 08/12/2013 - 11:36 -- deepti.gahrotra

George Abraham's Score Foundation helps visually impaired people lead normal lives

And now, the man who organised the first cricket world cup for the blind, is onto his next revolution ” a TV serial based on real-life success stories of visually impaired people like him. But can he change the mindsets of governments? Dhiman Chattopadhyay speaks to the man to find out

The shape of things: Fellows Friday with Anthony Vipin Das, on FITTLE, a toy that helps blind children read

Mon, 08/05/2013 - 13:08 -- deepti.gahrotra

Ophthalmologist Anthony Vipin Das is currently working on a new toy for the blind, FITTLE, with Tania Jain, a designer from National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar. The toy will help blind children learn to read Braille while getting a sense of the shape of the world around them. We asked him to tell us all about it. Below, his essay on what this toy is … and how it came about.

Railways Circular a Win for Eyeway Advocacy work

Thu, 08/01/2013 - 12:48 -- deepti.gahrotra

People with visual impairment now have one less hurdle to cross when applying for jobs with Indian Railways thanks to advocacy work by Eyeway.

Eyeway received reports that the Ministry of Railways officials were insisting on Disability Certificates in certain prescribed formats, and that certificates issued by medical officials were not accepted. This meant candidates were deemed ineligible to apply for positions against the Physically Handicapped quota.


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