[AI] films show visually challenged in poor light

Subramani L lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in
Tue Jul 10 01:44:59 EDT 2007

It is true that stereotyping is something we have to fight time and time
again. Almost all of those who work with me have asked if I walk
counting how many steps it takes to reach a place. Though logical, I
couldn't manage this even once and I know people ask this because they
are given to understand that blind people count their steps from our
popular media.


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Friends your views on the following news report are

The Hindu: Online edition of India's National
      Monday, Jul 09, 2007
Films show visually challenged 'in poor light' 
      Staff Reporter 
Chennai: Speakers at the 17th annual day of the
Welfare Foundation of the 
      Blind highlighted the need for the society to
extend recognition and not 
      sympathy to visually challenged persons
      Visually challenged persons, who spoke at the
function, said a section of 
      the media, particularly Tamil films stereotyped
those visually challenged. 
      Many films depicted them in poor light, said
A.Murugan, a Tamil teacher at 
      Choolaimedu Government Higher Secondary school. 
      The speakers appealed to the media to sensitise
the society to recognise 
      visually challenged persons instead of extending
sympathy to them. 
      Treasurer of the Foundation L. Latha said the
organisation was formed to 
      serve as a bridge between the visually
challenged and people with normal 
      The annual day of the Foundation was organised
recently at Madras 
      Christian College here.

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