For 50 visually-impaired government school students aged between 14 and 16 years in Chhattisgarh, it marked the beginning of new hopes and a freedom from Braille. With the help of latest mobile technology, these excited children were trained to study their textbooks, helping them overcome their physical challenge in a way they did not think was possible before this. Each of them got a phone which had preloaded accessible textbooks, and they were taught to study these textbooks using latest mobile applications.
Product and Technology
A common myth about web accessibility is that it “Only helps visually impaired”. It’s one we hear again and again. We only want to test with screen readers.
This approach of building accessibility and inclusion for only one group at a times, is not really practical.
Let me share how I see it with a very real world example. Let’s take the example of an elevator which will be used by lots of different people with diverse needs. Imagine if we went with only one disability at a time, when we thought of accessibility. Let’s look at the needs one at a time:
Sathi offers Braille support for the visually impaired.
M-tech, a manufacturer of affordable mobile phones, has launched its first senior-friendly phone – Sathi.
The company has focused to make it easy to use and it comes with a 2-inch horizontal screen, large keypads and on-screen fonts, bold keypad and icons for better visibility. For facilitating elder with hearing problems, the phone emanates keypad sound for adding an extra touch of usefulness. Considering security and medical emergency as crucial, the phone features an SOS button for emergency.
Over the years, the integration of visually-impaired individuals has increased in government services. However, they still have to encounter many difficulties, ranging from the lack of accessible infrastructure to the unavailability of materials in a suitable format. For instance, a visually-challenged aspirant preparing for UPSC can only avail 20% of the entire syllabus in Braille. Akella Raghavendra from Hyderabad observed their plight from close quarters when he started coaching visually-challenged UPSC aspirants in 2016.
Aakash Kushwaha, a student, displays an e-stick developed for visually impaired persons. Tribune photo
Ambala, September 7
Three students from Ambala have devised a walking stick for people with vision impairment.
The stick has ultrasound capability packed with artificial intelligence (AI) to allow users to get ‘AI’ vision guidance on the road.
RDL Visible Light Communication and Research Centre at Sahyadri Innovation Hub at Sahyadri Institute of Engineering and Management has developed VL glass for visually challenged. RDL Technologies Pvt Ltd CEO Raghavendra G Shetty said that it is a seamless indoor navigator and a visually challenged person can navigate around obstacles avoiding mishaps and dangerous objects.
AHMEDABAD: The walking cane with sensor, printer that can enhance the writing and images and scanner that can read a book — these are some of the innovations that are displayed at ‘Technology Museum’ unveiled at the Blind People’s Association (BPA).
New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday commended the Election Commission for its initiative in providing Braille EPIC cards to the visually impaired in Karnataka and said such a measure would enable voting accessibility to all.
Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, July 22
Excitement knew no bounds for a visually impaired couple, Dr Prem Sagar and his wife Deepika Sood, as they watched ‘Sanju’, a Bollywoood movie, in a theatre on Saturday and could for the first time enjoy a movie with real-time audio descriptions of the silent or action part of the film.
HYDERABAD: What if someone still uses Telegram as a primary tool for communicating with people even today? Isn’t that weird and outdated in this fast-paced world? Spending a huge amount only on improving Braille catalog in public libraries, printing Braille calendars, distributing Braille books of ancient scriptures are also as weird as the usage of telegram.