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Blind Ph.D holder wants to help farmers

Fri, 07/26/2013 - 12:12 -- deepti.gahrotra

He talks passionately about the rights of farmers on their produce, and wants to educate them on bio-privacy. The fact that he is visually impaired, he says, has never deterred him from completing his research on intellectual property, traditional knowledge and bio-diversity.

On Thursday, 35-year-old S. Elumalai was awarded a Ph.D at the seventh convocation ceremony of Dr. Ambedkar Law University.

A consistent gold medallist in various institutions, including Madras Law College, Elumalai hails from a village near Tiruvannamalai.

A printing press for the blind

Thu, 07/25/2013 - 12:56 -- deepti.gahrotra

Here’s some relief for blind students in Bangalore, who have to run pillar to post looking for textbooks. Snehadeep Trust for the Blind dedicated a Braille printing press here recently for the blind in order to fill the wide deficit of Braille literature available for the visually impaired students in the city.

The printing press was inaugurated by Malay Chatterjee, chairman and managing director of Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited (KIOCL), and BBMP councillor Rajendra on the premises of the organisation in Cox Town.

Blind, but certainly not without a vision

Thu, 07/18/2013 - 12:43 -- deepti.gahrotra

Up close with Ashwini Angadi, who arrived in the city on Monday, after being honoured by the UN in New York.

She walks into the room quietly and with measured grace. Her parents are elated with joy and pride that their daughter suddenly seems to be the toast of the town, with every newspaper and television channel clamoring to get her interview.

Visually impaired student memorises Quran through Braille

Tue, 07/16/2013 - 12:58 -- deepti.gahrotra

In a remarkable feat, avisually challenged student in an Islamic studies centre here has memorised the Holy Quran entirely using the Braille script.

Twaha Mahboob, a 21-year-old student of the College of Tahfeelul Quran under Ma'din Academy, came in for praise from a gathering scholars and students when he recited verses from the Quran at a conference at the campus recently.

Though it is not rare for blind people to memorise the Quran, learning the holy text through Braille script is rare, according to some scholars at the conference.

Psychology degree for vision-impaired 21-yr-old

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 12:41 -- deepti.gahrotra

Completing a bachelor’s degree with psychology as a single major was a dream come true for 21-year-old Kriti Banga, and a first for Mumbai university. Banga has been vision-impaired since birth. This year, the University of Mumbai started allowing vision-impaired students to opt for a Psychology major (all six papers), with help from the Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged (XRCVC), Dhobi Talao. Banga not only became the first person to clear the exams, she also topped Swami Vivekananda College, Chembur, with 75.5% in the final year.

‘BanglaBraille’ hopes for visually impaired

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 13:00 -- deepti.gahrotra

A Facebook group ‘BanglaBraille’ has become a ray of hope for thousands of visually challenged students who are yet to receive Braille books in schools.

To give relief to the distressed students, some 2,000 members of the group decided to produce Braille books themselves. They are also making audio copies of the books

The initiative of the members--settled in Bangladesh and abroad—comes after a report ‘Braille books yet to reach schools’ on Jun 25.

Life is an opportunity

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:13 -- deepti.gahrotra

Nandini K is a visually impaired girl, but for her that’s is no excuse to not pursue her dreams. This young girl, a beneficiary of Samarathan Trust, has been selected to star in an upcoming Tamil film, tentatively titled Kukko. The film is based on the challenges faced by visually impaired people. It will be directed by Raju Murugadas who has previously assisted director Linguswamy.

Magic in their hands

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 14:52 -- deepti.gahrotra

A reflexology session leaves Vipasha Sinha not only relaxed, but also inspired. From a clutch of visually-impaired therapists, she learns what it means to make the most of life

A testimony in the feedback book of Naturals Beauty Salon on R.K. Salai: “Uthira Kumar has magic in his hands.” You know it is true when he gets to work. Like a magician sending his subjects into a trance at a snap of his fingers, 30-year-old reflexology therapist Uthira has his clients feeling drowsy by skilful use of his fingers on their feet.

Transcending barriers for creativity

Wed, 05/29/2013 - 10:55 -- deepti.gahrotra

For the visually impaired, disabled and underprivileged youth, life is often a confrontation, with challenges coming in multitudes unlike an abled man or woman. It is often left to the individual alone to face these barriers and rise above his or her disability. There are many stories of such people who challenged life and overcame their incapability, either on their own or with a little support.

For a group of 14 people, being able to recognise the creative side in them, has taken them across the world; recognition coming in all forms.

In Jamaica, visually impaired Adventist appointed senate president

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 13:08 -- deepti.gahrotra

Floyd Morris made history in Jamaica’s Parliament last week when he became the first visually impaired person appointed president of the Jamaican Senate, Parliament’s upper house.

The 44 year-old Seventh-day Adventist Church member is well-known in the Caribbean island nation for his advocacy on behalf of the disabled community.


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