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Visually impaired run out of scribes

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:27 -- nikita.jain

Visually impaired students appearing for tests like the computer certificate, bank probationary officers exam, teacher eligibility test (TET) or clerical tests are facing a major shortage of scribes.

While the need for scribes ranges from between 30 to 300 a month, unfortunately there are not many available. As the eligibility criteria is stringent, most students find it difficult to find a scribe.

More insanity: Blind students brutally caned by school teacher in AP

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 17:27 -- nikita.jain

Even as the nation writhes in agony over the Bangalore school rape incident, another shocking case of brutality against children has to come light, this time from Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.
A teacher of a residential school for visually impaired children in the city was caught on camera brutally canning young children. The teacher is also blind.

Israel kills two handicapped Palestinian women in air strike on home for disabled

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 13:11 -- nikita.jain
Suha Abu Sada probably knew or understood nothing about the suspected Palestinian militants who lived in the flats above her and whose names featured on Israel's assassination list.
But it was she, not they, who suffered when a devastating Israeli air strike apparently aimed at the two men flattened the two-storey building where she was a resident in a charity care home for the disabled.

12 blind girl students who passed class 7, now have no school to go

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:02 -- nikita.jain

Twelve blind class 7 girl students, who passed out from Kamla Mehta Dadar School for the Blind, will not be able to pursue further studies this year. This Marathi medium school has classes only up to class 7.

And for further studies students from this school go to the nearby Saraswati High School at Naigaon (Dadar) where they are provided separate resource teachers along with regular teachers. This year however, Saraswati HS is not enrolling blind students in class 8 as it does not have resource teachers as well as regular teachers to engage this class.

Blind rape victim travels 45kms to file complaint

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:56 -- nikita.jain
A blind woman arrived at the district police headquarters on Saturday and met SP Sonia Singh with a complaint that policemen in her village refused to register her complaint that her husband's friend had raped her on July 3. 

The woman had approached Bisalpur Kotwali police station. Her village, Nabadia Shivpuria of Pilibhit district, fell under its jurisdiction. She found, however, that the police, instead of registering her complaint, only reproved her. 

Resources for visually impaired and homeless facing axe in Leicestershire

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:19 -- nikita.jain

Resources for the visually impaired and the homeless are the latest public services facing the axe in Leicestershire.
Like all councils, Leicestershire has had to make savings over the last few years, as part of the government's drive to reduce public debt.

But charities that help vulnerable people in the community, say cutting their services isn't cost-effective. Jane Hesketh reports.


Advocates for blind, deaf want more from Apple

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:59 -- nikita.jain

Advocates for the blind are debating whether to use a carrot or a stick to persuade one of their oldest allies, Apple Inc, to close an emerging digital divide in mobile technology.

As digital life increasingly moves to the world of smartphones and tablets, some disabled people with visual, hearing and other impairments are feeling more left out than ever.

Visually challenged trio threaten hunger strike after being denied shelter

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 13:07 -- nikita.jain

Three visually-challenged persons, who failed to receive shelter in the premises of Odisha Association for the Blind (OAB), Bhubaneswar despite intervention of the High Court and direction of the district collector, have threatened to embark on a hunger strike in front of the office of the police commissioner tomorrow.
Mr Prakash Kumar Mohapatra, Mr Nilakantha Kalishi and Mr Rabindra Kumar Dalei wrote to the commissioner Dr RP Sharma informing him about their decision for the stir.


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