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NGO steps in with ration, essential items for disabled

Mon, 05/24/2021 - 10:49 -- geeta.nair

New Delhi: Avadesh (38), a physically handicapped person who   works as a helper in a shared auto, has hardly earned  anything in the past one month since the Covid lockdown has   been imposed.
“I met with an accident seven years ago,  which led to a dislocation of bone on my left leg. I cannot   walk properly but used to earn my living by working as a  helper in a shared auto on the Peeragarhi-Uttam Nagar route,  said Avadesh, the breadwinner for the family.

Disability podcast series Eyeway Conversations highlights importance of creating accessibility in physical and digital spaces

Wed, 05/19/2021 - 11:15 -- geeta.nair

Everyone wins when the environment and infrastructure around us is accessible and inclusive. Yet the conversation around disability in India is slow-moving when it comes to physical and digital spaces. Eyeway Conversations, a disability podcast series started by Score Foundation and BarrierBreak, is working to build awareness about this through conversations with disabled and non-disabled people from around the world.

Put your accessibility skills to use, join BarrierBreak’s Covid AccessibilityBug Bounty campaign

Wed, 05/19/2021 - 11:09 -- geeta.nair

Information can help stop the spread of COVID-19 but not everyone has equal access to critical lifesaving information about the pandemic. This is because most websites and apps related to COVID-19 around the world are inaccessible to people with disabilities. You can do something to change this! Put your accessibility skills to the test and become a part of the global Bug Bounty campaign. launched by BarrierBreak to mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) 2021. The #CovidAccessibilityBugBounty campaign is open to people around the world.

Drive in, transport facility for persons with disabilities

Fri, 05/14/2021 - 10:25 -- geeta.nair

Panaji: Sanjay School for Special Children in Porvorim is currently serving as a vaccination centre for persons with disabilities between the age of 18 and 45. To make it convenient for the disabled persons to get themselves vaccinated, the centre has also provided drive-in facility.
School chairman Guruprasad Pawaskar said that free transportation is also being provided for persons with disabilities staying in and around Porvorim to come to Sanjay School for vaccination.

Organic, printable device could restore sight to the blind

Fri, 05/14/2021 - 10:17 -- geeta.nair

Artificial retina’ created using a biomedical printing press

A Sydney engineer is developing a low-cost, 3-D printed electrical device that uses absorbed light to fire the neurons that transmit signals from the eyes to the brain, acting as an artificial retina for those who have lost this capacity.

A researcher at the University of Sydney is developing a printable device that acts like a retina and could one day restore sight to blind people. 

Exam scribes for disabled: Government seeks inputs

Thu, 05/13/2021 - 11:10 -- geeta.nair

NEW DELHI: In keeping with the Supreme Court’s directives for conducting written examination for persons having less than 40% disability or persons having medical condition that may restrict their writing capacity, the department of empowerment of persons with disabilities has come out with a public notice seeki

IBM's latest app helps visually impaired users stand in socially distanced lines

Tue, 05/11/2021 - 12:17 -- geeta.nair

Nearly one and a half year after the novel coronavirus was first detected, countries in various parts of the world are still implementing rolling lockdowns and curfews while encouraging mask-wearing and social distancing. While these are designed to prevent the spread of the virus, people with disabilities may have difficulty observing these rules in public places.
 

No melody in lives of the visually impaired

Tue, 05/11/2021 - 11:22 -- geeta.nair

They may not be able to see the impact of partial curfew being implemented in view of COVID-19, but could definitely feel it.

Philanthropists’ “generous donations” to the visually impaired artists has come down. They sing songs at roadside shows in the city to eke out a living. Nowadays they find it difficult to make both ends meet, as people, of late, hardly stop at the roadside events.

Vaccinate disabled people at home or separate centres

Mon, 05/10/2021 - 10:45 -- geeta.nair

New Delhi: After Delhi government announced vaccination for  ..journalists at their offices, people with disabilities have   demanded that they be vaccinated at home or at separate  facilities.
Disabled rights activist Abha Khetarpal said . she was infected with Covid-19 when she went to get  vaccinated. “The centre was very crowded. Because of it,  my mother also got Covid and she couldn’t take her second  dose,” said Khetrapal.

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