[AI] Regarding the NFB speech

harish kotian hpkotian at rbi.org.in
Tue Jul 10 04:41:54 EDT 2007

Hi Subramani
Yes, we certainly need to work hard on accessability. NFB did considerable 
work on this at US.

Secondly they highlighted blind persons perspective in the fore and this 
came out loud and clear in the address as well.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Subramani L" <lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2007 1:44 PM
Subject: [AI] Regarding the NFB speech

> Dear Harish:
> Throughout my reading of that awfully long speech, I was comparing
> mentally things as it stands in this country and things Mark has
> described in his speech. What I could see is that we are surely scoring
> high in certain aspects (of the social treatment of the blind) and
> require urgent progress in many other aspects.
> I feel our social treatment of the blind, though coloured, without
> perspective and sometimes abysmal in certain circumstances, is vastly
> better than what is found in the so-called developed countries. That our
> government doesn't trouble their minds so much on creating disabled
> friendly infrastructure may be largely true, but wherever initiatives
> are taken (by NGO's) they are not only sensible but certainly
> out-of-the-box.
> When I wrote about Madhu Single's Mithra Jyothi in Bangalore conducting
> classes for blind girls to cook and incert threads into the needles, I
> was overjoyed that such initiatives are indeed being taken, but while
> reading this address, I am proud the way we think and act in this
> country.
> Where we lag behind our blind brethrens in the U S, is in leadership and
> technology. We need visionary leaders and energetic and open-minded
> scientists to create technologies for us. If we can achieve this, We can
> proudly count ourselves as one of the most self-sufficient communities
> of blind persons in the world.
> Subramani
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