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Thursday, 01 September 2011 14:57

Software gives new vision to visually impaired

A Workshop for the Visually Handicapped at St Xavier's College

The Xavier's Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged (XRCVC), supported by SightSavers International, an international charity fighting blindness, on Wednesday conducted a one-day Print Access workshop for the visually challenged at St Xavier's College.

An audio-visual called Accessibility 2.0 and a book, Write Right! Understanding Homonyms Better, were released. The workshop's objective was to inform and equip visually impaired participants in the use of technology that would make the printed copies accessible to them.

"There are needs, we identify them and work on them. We wanted to create excitement about reading, joys of reading and gains of reading and learning. So we conceptualized this workshop," said the director of XRCVC, Sam Taraporewala.

The audio-visual released by Elizabeth Kurien, regional director, Sightsavers International, India, highlighted the range of revolutionary to extremely simple technologies and products used by the visually impaired.

The book, Write Right! Understanding Homonyms Better, released by Ramanlal Mahimtura in three accessible formats braille, large font and the electronic DAISY format - will help the visually challenged get their spellings right.

"When we approach employers, we explain the technologies a blind uses. Since seeing is believing, so if they could see the audio visual film it would be more effective than talks," said Pallavi Kadam, deputy director of the employment department of National Association for the Blind.

"My concern was how to tackle the diagrams and graphs, but the low-vision aids demonstrated have solved my problem," said Bhushan Vohra, a student of NL College in Malad.

"My eight-year-old daughter is the first blind to have been admitted to a normal school in Solapur. I am attending the seminar to find the appropriate technology for her," said Jitendra Rathi, a businessman.


Write Right! Understanding Homonyms Better, the book released in three accessible formats Braille, large font and the electronic DAISY format will help the visually challenged get their spellings right.

Audio-visual highlights the range of revolutionary to extremely simple technologies and products used by the visually impaired.



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