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Election Commission falls short of accessibility goals, faces heat from disability rights groups

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 12:09 -- koshy.mathew@ey...

The general elections are coming to a close with just one more phase left on 19 May. There was an impressive turnout witnessed from the disabled community with the Election Commission of India (ECI) making special efforts to make voting accessible,

So, how has it panned out on the ground? Well, the views are rather mixed.

Beyond Braille series brings to blind children a new visual language

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 11:58 -- koshy.mathew@ey...

It’s called Ranchhod Sees the World and it’s an illustration picture book about Ranchhod Soni, a visually impaired teacher in Gujarat, who has not disability come in the way of discovering new things.

Bringing his story alive in a vivid and vibrant way for the first time is the Beyond Braille series which claims to offer breakthrough research to help visually impaired people visualise and imagine the world.

UK court ruling to lead to improved facilities for blind voters

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 11:11 -- geeta.nair

Arrangements for blind and partially sighted people to vote in secret are “a parody of the electoral process”, a high court judge has ruled in a decision that will force improvements to the system.

The legal challenge to the adaptation used at ballot boxes was brought by Rachael Andrews, 46, from Norwich, who has no sight in one eye and little sight in the other.

9th Hydrabad Fide Rating Chess Tournament for Visually Challenged, 2019

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 11:54 -- geeta.nair

Organised by Devnar foundation under the aegis of All India Chess Federation.

Free Accommodation will be made available from 30th April Evening to 6th May Morning 2019.

All Players must mandotory to register on www.aicfb.in and pay Rs. 50/- and also pay AICF annual registration fee (aicf.in) of Rs. 250/- Before 15th April, 2019.

Please note that All participants must register their entries on or before 15th April, 2019.

Confirm entry by calling us.

 

Lego Is Making Braille Bricks. They May Give Blind Literacy a Needed Lift

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 10:29 -- geeta.nair

Advocates say the product could transform reading for blind and visually impaired children, making the experience of learning Braille more inclusive and helping to combat what has been called a Braille literacy crisis.

A new effort is underway to help blind and visually impaired children more naturally learn to read Braille, a system based on different configurations of six small, raised dots that blind people read with their fingertips. And it is coming in the form of a favorite childhood toy: Lego bricks.

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