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Telling Numbers: Blindness and visual impairment in India, district by district

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 15:03 -- geeta.nair

The report found that the prevalence of blindness is highest among those who are at least 80 years old (11.6%).

The National Blindness & Visual Impairment Survey India 2015-2019, released last week, looks at district-wise prevalence of blindness and visual impairment. The survey randomly identified 31 districts with a sample size of about 93,000, among whom 18,000 were less than 50 years of age.

ID cards, voter slips in Braille for blind

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 10:53 -- geeta.nair

Tribune News Service


Chandigarh, October 15

Identity cards and photo voter slips had been printed in Braille for the convenience of visually impaired persons in the state, said Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Anurag Agarwal.

Apart from this, many types of facilities are being provided to specially abled voters, including the provision of wheelchairs, ramps at polling stations and transport facilities.

Visually challenged share their travails

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 10:36 -- geeta.nair

KOCHI:  Walking by the road or crossing it is a huge task for Yeldo K Abraham who is visually challenged. He might have the iconic white cane with the red band in his hand. But it doesn’t protect him from falling into an open drain or getting crushed under a speeding vehicle. It is a tough life for a disabled person, said Yeldo, assistant trainer, Rotary Cochin Global Foundation (RCGF). 

Never be defeated, Never give up’, says first visually challenged woman IAS officer Pranjal Patil

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 11:00 -- geeta.nair

“Never be defeated, Never give up”, said Pranjal Patil, the country’s first visually challenged woman IAS officer, as she assumed charge as the Sub Collector of Thiruvananthapuram here on Monday.

“...we should never be defeated and we should never give up because with our efforts all of us will get that one breakthrough which we want”, the 30-year old Kerala cadre officer told mediapersons here.

Pranjal Patil, first visually challenged woman IAS officer, takes over as Sub-Collector of Thiruvananthapuram

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 10:57 -- geeta.nair

Thiruvananthapuram: Pranjal Patil, India's first visually challenged woman IAS officer on Monday took charge as Sub-Collector of Thiruvananthapuram.

A warm reception was arranged to welcome her as she took over from former collector B Gopalakrishnan. She served as an assistant collector in Ernakulam for a year in 2018 before taking charge here.

No challenge too big for India’s community of runners with visual impairment

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 10:18 -- geeta.nair

Learn what running with vision impairment is like, and what inspires these marathoners to take it up

A 116 half marathons, 67 10Ks, five ultra marathons, and one intercity marathon. These are the numbers of 63-year-old Amarjeet Singh Chawla, a runner with 100% vision loss. He’s just one of India’s community of marathoners, that is visually impaired.

Microsoft, IIT Delhi to hold conference to make accessible assistive tech for people with disabilities

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 11:19 -- geeta.nair

Microsoft India is partnering with the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi to host the second edition of Empower, a conference that will bring together researchers, technologists and policy makers to discuss actionable steps in creating and making available assistive technologies.


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