[AI] Happy news during the Onam season...

niranjanraj urs niranjanursb at gmail.com
Thu Aug 23 01:56:12 EDT 2007


The news is indeed great. A further leap would be when a day comes
when the dream of reading in our own mother tongues becomes a reality.
Optimistically hope this will happen in our own life time.
Dr. B.Niranjan Raj Urs

On 8/23/07, Sudhir R (NeSTIT) <sudhir.r at nestgroup.net> wrote:
>
>
> Dear  friends,
>
> As Malayalis the world over are gearing up to celebrate Onam over the next
> few days, Kochi, the commercial capital of Kerala is taking a step towards
> becoming a more inclusive society.
>
> EMS Library, which boasts of a large collection of books and over 5000
> members, is installing assistive technologies like screen readers, OCR
> software with scanners etc in its Computer Centre to make its resources
> accessible to the visually challenged.  The Library also plans to make audio
> recordings and Braille editions of books available in the coming months.
> This first-of-its-kind project in Kerala is getting inaugurated on August
> 30, 2007.
>
> This project is the successful fruition of one of the many ideas that
> germinated during the Eye T 2007 (a Seminar on assistive technologies &
> empowerment of the visually challenged) conducted in Kochi during May.  Mr
> Sohan, a former Mayor and sitting Corporation Councillor, took inspiration
> from the interactions with the resource persons (all Access India members
> including Kanchan, Asif, Prashant, Shashikala, Shanti, Sundari, Balaram, Roy
> Markose  and Reshmi) and persuaded the progressive Management Board of the
> Library to set up this noble venture in such a short time.
>
> The Society for the Rehabilitation of the Visually Challenged,
> <http://www.visuallychallenged.com>), the architects of the Seminar, is
> pleased to see one of its pet dreams coming true and thanks all for their
> sincere help and co-operation.  Hopefully, a second major project - a
> full-fledged training center to impart mobility, computer and other
> employability-enhancing  skills -, will also take off in the next few
> months.
>
> Here's wishing a very happy and inclusive Onam to all of you... Why not join
> us in God's Own Country when Mother Nature is at her best this season ?
> Love and Regards
>
> R Sudhir
> M: 098 472 76 126
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