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G-Suite training begins for teachers

Wed, 11/03/2021 - 11:07 -- geeta.nair

Thiruvananthapuram: State general education department has  started G-Suite online platform training for visually- challenged teachers in government and aided schools in the  state. As many as 456 teachers across the state are about  to benefit from the training programme organised by KITE.
KITE has already deployed free software-based screen reader applications like Orca in the school computers so that teachers with visual impairment would be able to overcome their limitations with the help of technology.

Mastercard to introduce special cards for the visually impaired people

Fri, 10/29/2021 - 10:34 -- geeta.nair

US-based payment processing company Mastercard has launched an accessible card standard designed to help partially sighted and blind people, called the Touch Card.

As most cards have moved to flat designs without embossed numbers or names, Mastercard came up with a means for the visually impaired people to easily identify the type of card they are using – credit, debit, or prepaid.

Railways installs Braille rendition of Pune station layout

Fri, 10/29/2021 - 10:05 -- geeta.nair

To help visually challenged passengers at the Pune railway station, the Pune railways has installed a Braille layout of the station premises.
PUNE To help visually challenged passengers at the Pune railway station, the Pune railway has installed a Braille layout of the station premises and released a a Braille handbook with information about the station. Both these are in the LIPI format which is a text-based rendering.

Bridgestone India installed the Braille map as well, as provided sign language videos and ramps for easy access to wheelchair-bound passengers.

Digital certificates, UDID cards for differently abled students in district

Wed, 10/20/2021 - 10:18 -- geeta.nair

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, OCTOBER 19, 2021

A disability certificate is mandatory for people with disabilities to get government benefits.

The Samagra Shiksha’s Thiruvananthapuram district project is piloting medical board certificate camps where children are being provided with digital disability certificates.

The Samagra Shiksha’s Thiruvananthapuram district project is piloting medical board certificate camps where children are being provided with digital disability certificates.

World Sight Day 2021: Why 80% Of Visually Impaired People Are Avoidably So & What Can Be Done To Prevent This

Thu, 10/14/2021 - 10:45 -- geeta.nair

Sightsavers India, which is part of a global organisation working to eliminate avoidable blindness, says people with visual impairment are cut off when it comes to education, healthcare and jobs

New Delhi: Globally, at least 1 billion people have a near or distance vision impairment that is preventable or is yet to be addressed, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

Vision impairment and blindness affect daily activities, and also work opportunities.

 

Himachal Pradesh: Braille EVMs to aid 3,047 voters

Thu, 10/14/2021 - 10:11 -- geeta.nair

SHIMLA: In Himachal Pradesh, 3,047 visually-impaired voters   would be able to exercise their vote in the byelections  thanks to a Braille signage feature added with the electronic  voting machines (EVMs).
Speaking on the issue, Himachal   Pradesh chief electoral officer C Palrasu said instructions  have been given to district officials to make special  arrangements to facilitate voting for visually impaired  people across the state.

Centre writes to RBI over low circulation of 'visually impaired friendly' coins

Wed, 10/13/2021 - 10:13 -- geeta.nair

Nainital: The Centre has written to the Reserve Bank of   India (RBI) asking it to ensure that ‘visually impaired   friendly’ coins are widely circulated in public after a group of lawyers argued that non-availability of these coins violated rights of blind people under Article 14 of the Constitution.

What are tactile indicators?

Tue, 10/12/2021 - 10:12 -- geeta.nair

There are more than 285 million people in the globe who are partially blind or have low vision. Unfortunately, due to the growing ageing population, this number is projected to rise in the near future.
Think about what it would be like to travel through an airport or train station if you were blind.

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