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International Day of Persons with Disability observed at Residential School for Visually Impaired

Mon, 12/04/2023 - 10:47 -- geeta.nair

Jammu: December 3: In commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disability, an event was held at the Residential School for the Visually Impaired (Boys) in Roopnagar.
The Social Welfare Department orchestrated the function under the overarching theme for this year’s observance: “United in action to rescue and achieve the SDGs for, with and by persons with disabilities (Divyangjan)

Scribe scarcity worries PU’s visually impaired students.

Wed, 11/29/2023 - 12:33 -- geeta.nair

Scribe scarcity worries PU’s visually impaired students.
Chandigarh: As Panjab University students prepare for upcoming exams, their visually impaired classmates are facing an additional challenge — finding a scribe who could put on paper what they have studied.
Though the appeal made by Himachal Pradesh Student Union (HPSU), which has also created a database to compile a list of volunteers, has received a positive response from 100 students, it is to be seen how many of them actually show up.

How visually impaired women are playing a key role in early diagnosis of breast cancer

Tue, 11/21/2023 - 10:44 -- geeta.nair

After an eight-month training period, Nisha was hired by CK Birla Hospital in Punjabi Bagh in its oncology department where she works from 9 am to 5 pm, detecting breast cancer in women visiting for a checkup.

Holding hands, Nisha and Neha are waiting at the reception of a Delhi hospital. For Nisha, 22, it is her first day at work. Neha, her senior with six years of experience, has come to support her younger friend. Both are vision-impaired medical tactile examiners (MTE) and can detect what those with vision may often miss – tumours in the breast.

Braille ballot papers ready for poll day

Fri, 11/17/2023 - 11:51 -- geeta.nair

Braille ballot papers ready for poll day

Hyderabad: The visually-impaired voters in the state can now cast their votes on November 30 through the braille ballot papers which has been introduced by the Election Commission. There are 56,000 blind voters in Telangana, according to the voters’ list

The chief electoral office(CEO) of Telangana has made special arrangement by printing around 50,000 pamphlets in braille script.

Direct private buses to have public address system: Karnataka HC to govt

Tue, 11/14/2023 - 11:39 -- geeta.nair

The bench noted that though the petition aims at public transport system under BMTC and the KSRTC, extending similar facilities in the buses operated by other private operators is required.
The high court on Thursday asked the state government to issue necessary circulars to ensure facilities, including audio announcements for the benefit of persons with disabilities traveling in private transport buses.

Food labels to have QR code to help the visually disabled

Wed, 10/25/2023 - 08:36 -- geeta.nair

FSSAI says quick response codes should have comprehensive details about the product, including of ingredients, nutritional content and allergens; says move will ensure access to safe food for all.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has recommended the inclusion of QR code on food products for accessibility by visually impaired individuals stating that this will ensure access to safe food for all including individuals with special needs such as visually impaired individuals.

How an engineer created a voice command app to become more independent.

Wed, 10/18/2023 - 10:42 -- geeta.nair

When I was about 30 years old, I started having problems with my vision. I was born perfectly sighted, but over the course of my adulthood, my vision deteriorated to the point where I couldn’t read anything. My family and friends, of course, wanted to help me with my everyday tasks — and for a while, they had to do that. But I wanted to gain my independence back and feel more confident in my abilities. As a computer engineer, I felt like I could create a solution that could not only help me but help others in my situation.

UGC posers on disabled-friendly infrastructure have PU in a bind

Thu, 10/12/2023 - 12:48 -- geeta.nair

Accessibility an issue: Students | Most facilities in pipeline

Chandigarh, October 11

In July, the University Grants Commission (UGC) initiated a survey via Google Form to assess the extent to which higher educational institutions are functioning in compliance with the provisions of Section 32 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act, 2016.


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