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Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:55 -- geeta.nair

For visually impaired people it is not easy to find out who and what is around them. A walking stick is the only support which can boost their morale and help them escape all the hurdles.

According to the WHO’s report, 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide in which 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision. 82 per cent people living with blindness are aged 50 and above.

Nano-implant may help restore sight

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:00 -- geeta.nair

Scientists have developed a new eye implant, using arrays of silicon nanowires that sense light and electrically stimulate the retina, which may help restore vision in millions of people worldwide.

The advance brings us a step closer to restoring the ability of neurons in the retina to respond to light.

The researchers from University of California San Diego and US-based startup Nanovision Biosciences showed response to light in a rat retina interfacing with a prototype of the device in vitro.

Government to introduce comprehensive package for blind schools

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 10:42 -- geeta.nair

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state government has decided to introduce a comprehensive package for the functioning of blind schools - government and aided - in the state.

The Cabinet meeting on Wednesday took the decision to bring in a package for fixing norms for such schools.  

The package will deal with all aspects related to the functioning of blind schools in the state including setting standards, finalising its norms, ensuring infrastructure facilities, staff pattern and appointments. However,  there is no time set for implementing the package. 

Govt launches Braille atlas to let the visually impaired study maps

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:55 -- geeta.nair

In a first, the Ministry of Science and Technology has come up with a comprehensive Braille atlas for nearly 50 lakh visually challenged people in the country, especially students.

The atlas has 20 maps on different themes like physical, socio-economic, river system, crops pattern, natural vegetation, cultural, metropolitan areas, roads and railways, and crops.

Text-to-speech software is used to read digital content

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 11:41 -- geeta.nair

eSpeak text-to-speech (TTS) software is one that works well for the visually challenged speaking many Indian languages, including Malayalam. Those who now largely prefer it to its other variants for Malayalam speeches feel that the State government should intervene to improve this light-weight and open source system that functions on Linux, Windows, and Android platforms.


Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:03 -- geeta.nair

The task of printing ballot papers for the visually handicapped in the assembly elections has been entrusted on the National Institute of Visually Handicapped (NIVH).  The election commission uses specially designed Braille ballots for the visually impaired. These special types of the ballots have the names of the candidates and their symbols in Braille script. The visually impaired having knowledge of Braille can read the candidate’s name and symbol by the feel of their hands on these ballot papers.

Audex (Audible Access)!

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 11:10 -- geeta.nair

Audex (Audible Access)!
This app is available on playstore now, and I hope that it will be very useful for everyone and everybody will like it too! (Especially People who are frustrated/annoyed/fed up with the talkback’s irritating earcons!).
It's the time to turn talkback earcons off forever and time to turn on Audex!
So, this app will start fulfilling your wish of nice earcons/event sounds from today.
(Every suggestions and feedbacks are heartily welcomed)!
Below is the Playstore URL and whole description of the app.
So, here you go!:

Students educated on assistive technology

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 12:48 -- geeta.nair

Tribune News Service

Jammu, January 23

A guest lecture was conducted by Prof M Balakrishna from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT- Delhi, at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University in Katra today.

He talked about assistive technology for the differently abled and the problems being faced by the visually impaired in their daily life.


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