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Making mobile app to help visually impaired identify currency: RBI to Bombay High Court

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:43 -- geeta.nair

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday told the Bombay High Court that it is in the process of making a mobile application to aid visually impaired persons to identify Indian currency notes.

Chief Justice Naresh Patil and Justice N M Jamdar were hearing a petition filed by the National Association of the Blind (NAB), seeking directions to include distinctive features in new coins and notes for easier identification by the visually impaired.
 

IIT Ropar launches Android App to help visually impaired recognise currency

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 10:59 -- geeta.nair

It is often difficult for the visually impaired people to identify the denomination of the currency note.  To assist them easily determine denomination of INR currency notes, a team from IIT Ropar, Punjab has developed an Android App “Roshni”, using image processing and analytics.

Braille e-reading gets easier for visually-impaired, thanks to new Kindle .

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 11:43 -- geeta.nair

LONDON: A British company plans to launch a Braille e-reader for blind people this year that should greatly enhance their reading experience and spare them from lugging around hefty print volumes. 

Since it was developed by Louis Braille in the 19th Century, the alphabet of raised dots has brought the joy of reading to millions of blind and partially-sighted people. 

But in its printed form it's not exactly convenient or portable: A Braille copy of the Bible can take up about 5  feet (1.5 metres) of shelf space. 

Using mobile phones to educate visually-impaired students

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 12:39 -- geeta.nair

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.   

I WANT TO MAKE A MOBILE APP ACCESSIBLE TO VISUALLY IMPAIRED! REALLY?

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 10:42 -- geeta.nair

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:

M-tech launches Sathi: Its first senior-friendly phone

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 10:48 -- geeta.nair

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.

He Spent Two Years And Rs 5 Lakh To Prepare A Comprehensive Braille Material For Visually Challenged IAS Aspirants

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:43 -- geeta.nair

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.

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