Visually Impaired

  • Quota for visually impaired: UPSC seeks time on vacancy details September 3, 2014

    New Delhi: The UPSC, which has reserved only two seats for visually impaired candidates in civil services examination, on Wednesday sought more time from the Delhi High Court for furnishing details of vacancies so that the quota for such aspirants can be increased. "The counsel for the UPSC seeks some more...
  • A new app warns visually impaired people of obstacles in their way May 25, 2014

    New York: Researchers have developed a new smartphone app that warns people with vision impairment of obstacles in their way to help them better navigate their environments. Researchers at the University of Alicante in Spain developed the app that uses a phone's built-in 3D camera to detect obstacles, and then...
  • The 'world's first' Braille phone for visually-impaired people goes on sale May 18, 2014

    London: OwnFone, a London-based company, claims to have put the world's first Braille phone, which costs just 60 pounds, for sale in UK. The phone has been designed to provide an instant connection between blind users and their friends and family, its manufacturers said. The front and back of the...
  • Veer: Charudatta Jadhav, the visually impaired superhero of Indian chess March 4, 2014

    New Delhi: A visually impaired chess champion, Charudatta Jadhav, is helping many others like him to master the game and checkmate the many challenges in life. He may need a walking stick to help him find his way but he is a true master when it comes to the game of...
  • NGO to air inspiring stories of the visually impaired on TV September 23, 2013

    New Delhi: An inspiration to many, the visually impaired have set extraordinary examples of courage and optimism. Now an NGO is taking it a step further by airing a 13-episode TV series with Naseeruddin Shah to change societal mindsets towards the visually impaired. At 30 years, Madhu, a communication facilitator...
  • CJ Show: Unavailability of books for visually impaired July 22, 2013

    Cj Neena Chaudhary daughter Shivangi is visually impaired by birth. She wants to educate her, but the unavailability of braille books for blind is posing a challenge. Here she appeals publishers and authorities to make special books available for visually impaired students. ...
  • Bhopal: Visually impaired man becomes number 1 Royal Enfield mechanic June 18, 2013

    Bhopal: It is not easy to tell a complaint by listening to the sound of a bike. The fact that you have to identify the complaint without having a look would make it difficult for most of us, isn't it? Well, not for Munne Blind of Bhopal, whose name is...
  • Haryana: Mentally challenged rape survivor struggles with police March 7, 2013

    Haryana: While the laws on crimes against women still need strengthening, activists say no attention is paid to how the upholders of the law, the police, even at senior levels, do their job on the ground. In a Haryana city, just a 100 kms from Delhi, a DSP displayed complete...
  • School students build device to help visually impaired walk independently January 28, 2013

    New Delhi: After months of brainstorming, students of a private school in Delhi have come up with a device for the visually impaired. It is fitted with a sound alarm, voice navigator and an emergency SMS service. Almost half the number of the visually impaired people in the world come...
  • Digital tablets can improve reading of visually impaired November 12, 2012

    Washington: People with moderate vision loss can regain the ability to read quickly and comfortably by using digital tablets, a new study has claimed. Researchers found that people with eye diseases that damage their central vision could increase their reading speed by 15 words-per-minute, on average. Using a tablet with...
  • India Positive: Showcasing the good stories November 4, 2012

    Stories of people who inspire, make it believe that there is nothing that is impossible in the world. On this episode, photography gets a whole new meaning. Also, meet an eight-year-old boy who dreams of being the next Sachin Tendulkar. ...
  • Now, 'talking' ATM machines for visually impaired November 3, 2012

    London: New cash machines that can 'talk' to customers who have difficulty reading screens have been introduced in the UK. More than three quarters of Barclays cash machines across England and Wales have had audio technology installed so they can 'talk' to customers, the bank said. Blind and partially sighted...
  • Mumbai man takes photography to the visually impaired October 29, 2012

    New Delhi: A Mumbai-based photographer, Partho Bhowmick, provides the visually impaired an experience in artistic expression, through the use of camera. The students at his workshops are all visually impaired, and they learn to use their other senses to see. The students show how they use sound to gauge direction and...
  • Visually-impaired chess champion grooms others July 31, 2012

    Mumbai: Thirty-eight-year-old Swapnil Shah didn't let his blindness checkmate his zest for life. Instead, he made the right moves early in life and soon became the national blind chess champion. Today he coaches many others like him. At first glance, Shah doesn't give away the fact thet he is visually impaired....
  • App to improve accessibility for visually impaired July 24, 2012

    Toronto: Whether it is getting off a bus or reading a menu, a new app aims to make life easier for the blind or visually impaired. Called Georgie, the app for Android devices enables people with little or no sight to accomplish daily activities that could be difficult for them. "The great...
  • Visually impaired man takes cricket to those like him July 2, 2012

    Bangalore: Mahantesh GK reaches out to several visually impaired persons like him. The 41-year-old provides livelihood to thousands of the differently abled people and also champions the cause of cricket among the visually impaired. The players, all visually impaired, execute copy-book shots, straight out of the coaching manual. Shekhar Nayak...
  • Real Hero Bertha helps the visually impaired March 1, 2012

    Shillong: Bertha Dkhar's free school in Meghalaya helps hundreds of poor visually impaired students have a vision for the future. Thanks to her invention of introducing the local Khasi language in Braille, hundreds of her students can read and write in their mother tongue. A student Pynskhemlang said, "We don't...
  • Seven visually impaired to be inducted into IAS February 15, 2012

    New Delhi: Seven visually impaired candidates who had in 2008 cleared the IAS examination but were denied induction, have finally received their orders following intervention by the Prime Minister, a representative group for persons with disabilities said on day. The National Platform for the Rights of Disabled (NPRD), that had taken...
  • Visually impaired battle odds to play cricket December 2, 2011

    New Delhi: In a cricket crazy nation like India, everyone wants to enjoy the game let alone play it. There is a group of young boys in the capital whose love for the sport hasn't got in the way of their physical disabilities. This young bunch play a 4-team cricket tournament...
  • Visually-impaired cricketers for Indo-Pak relations November 16, 2011

    New Delhi: Shekhar Naik is a man on a mission. His team of visually impaired cricketers are all set for their Pakistan series - the first time since 26/11 that any sports team from India will be playing in Pakistan. And they're very excited. Shekhar Naik Lachma said, "We believe...
  • Pune: School helps blind realise their dreams October 5, 2011

    Pune: As a visually impaired student, sixteen year old Suchita felt there were no vocational institutes where she could realise her dream of becoming a teacher. That's when she heard of Meera Badve's Niwant, a school and vocational institute in Pune. Meera Badve says, "Niwant aims to change how the...
  • Visually impaired CJ battles for bank loan September 10, 2011

    CJ Kishan Lal battles to get a loan from a government bank after he was refused on grounds of being visually impaired. ...
  • Salman all praises for newcomer Naseer July 31, 2009

    Mumbai: Salman Khan was in two minds before he finally made an appearance at the music release of debutant actor Nasser Khan's maiden production Shadow, at a city hotel in Mumbai on Wednesday night. And while Salman Khan is quite choosy about launching new comers in Bollywood, he didn't mind...
  • Blind rally gives the visually impaired a chance to drive May 31, 2009

    New Delhi: 15-year-old Manoj can't see. He doesn't know what Mathura Road or Sundar Nagar look like in the Capital. But while navigating a big car during the weekend, he knew exactly where both roads were and where they led to. “I really enjoyed myself. I was given a paper in...
  • Holi adds colour to Blind school students' lives March 13, 2009

    Hyderabad: Devnar School for Blind in Hyderabad makes sure that its students don't miss out on the colour and fun of Holi. The students were all set to fill their pichkaris and splash some colour on Holi. The17-year-old institution is home to almost 300 visually impaired students. But come...
  • Board exams: No extra time for blind students in TN March 13, 2009

    Chennai: Specially-abled students in Tamil Nadu may no longer get an extra hour to write their board exams, if the letter from the director of government examination is considered by the education ministry. Students will have to manage with just a scribe and submit their examination papers in the stipulated...
  • Indian websites not designed for the visually impaired January 23, 2009

    New Delhi: Ajay and Sonu are both students at the Delhi University. Being visually impaired doesn't stop them from pursuing their Masters in Political Science. But there's something else that does. “I have a computer, an internet connection, a software that reads out the text for me but the...
  • Storytellers reach out to the visually-impaired April 3, 2008

    New Delhi: Stories usually have a morale but at times, even story-telling offers lessons. Publishing house Katha and volunteers from BGVS or the Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti came together on International Children's Book Day to read stories to a group of visually-impaired students in the Capital. From narrating fables to sweet...
  • All the slogans but no place for the disabled December 2, 2007

    December 3 will be observed as International Day for Disabled Persons. There will be lot of talk about providing facilities to the disabled but as Citizen Journalists Dinesh Gupta and Kamal Bir Singh show that’s all empty talk. Gupta, who has cerebral palsy, is campaigning for accessible buses in Delhi...