[AI] Girl beats blindness in CBSE feat : The Telegraph

Asudani, Rajesh rajeshasudani at rbi.org.in
Tue May 29 01:29:02 EDT 2018


Wonderful achiever, too.


But totally blind should not hate holding hands, me thinks.

सादर 

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I know her. She is completely blind.



Regards,
poonam

> On 28-May-2018, at 12:36 PM, Asudani, Rajesh <rajeshasudani at rbi.org.in> wrote:
> 
> Congrats to Rashmi.
> However, beats blindness and all... well, I don't agree.
> 
> And wha it great in not holding hand while walking?
> She may be partially.
> Some partially sighted pride themselves on not holding the hand and fall down while stepping down or up or on less-lit pathways.
> 
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> Subject: [AI] Girl beats blindness in CBSE feat : The Telegraph
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> *https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/girl-beats-blindness-in-cbse-
> feat-233384#
> <https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/girl-beats-blindness-in-cbse-
> feat-233384#>*
> 
> *Kalikapur: *A Calcutta girl born without vision has passed the CBSE Class XII examination in arts with an aggregate of 85.4 per cent in her first attempt at writing a board test with assistive technology.
> 
> Rashmi Maruvada, 18, had studied till Class X at Patha Bhavan using Braille, a universal system for the blind in which letters and numbers are printed as raised dots so that these can be read by touching them.
> 
> For term and annual examinations, her mother would arrange a writer to take down what she dictated. "In class tests, she would answer in Braille. A person from the Society for the Visually Handicapped transcribed the answer scripts. Her class work wasn't evaluated," recounted mother Annapurna.
> 
> At Apeejay School Park Street, Rashmi opted for humanities, but it was technology that opened up a whole new world to her. She started using a recorder as an alternative to taking notes and doing projects on a laptop using software that enabled her to read and convey what she wanted without depending on anyone.
> 
> According to Rashmi, the JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reader program gave her freedom and confidence she hadn't experienced before.
> "Assistive technological devices have made me more independent in writing exams and completing assignments," she said.
> 
> The teenager's Class XII scores reflect her confidence: 90 in English, 88 in human rights and gender studies, 86 in psychology and sociology and 77 in legal studies.
> 
> "Be it searching the Internet for learning resources or reading documents sent by teachers or friends, I now use JAWS. I need help only in downloading pictures for projects because the screen reader does not read images. I explain the kind of image I need to my mother and she searches for them. She describes what she finds and, based on my feedback, downloads the ones I needed," she said.
> 
> Rashmi was in her third day of school at Apeejay when she realised that one of her teachers was speaking discernibly slow. She gently stopped the teacher to say: "I can keep pace with the lecture. Please do not go slow for me."
> 
> When she does miss making a mental note of something being taught in the classroom, the recorder ensures that she gets a second chance to hear it.
> 
> "The CBSE system has provisions that enabled us to get permission for Rashmi to use a computer to write the Class XII exam. She is a hugely determined girl and I have seen her refusing help to walk up to the stage during concerts in school," said Reeta Chatterjee, the principal of Apeejay School Park Street.
> 
> Rashmi had undergone an unsuccessful cornea transplant when she was just a year old. Since then, the only thing Annapurna has wanted for her daughter is a normal life without her lack of sight coming in the way.
> 
> Annapurna, a special educator, decided early that her daughter would go to a "mainstream" school rather than a special institute. "She did not want a secluded or protected life for me and insisted that I go to a mainstream school and be just like anyone else my age," Rashmi said. "When I am out with my friends, they do not hold me by my hand. They only guide me, if needed. I am planning to study outside Calcutta and am preparing myself for that."
> 
> In 2010, Rashmi won an award from the National Innovation Foundation-India for her concept of a computerised tricycle that can drive itself to a pre-selected location.
> 
> Academics is not her only focus, though. Rashmi goes trekking, rafting and kayaking. She has also done a course in mountaineering. "I enjoy doing something outside my comfort zone that is also a new experience. It exposes me to life's challenges and makes me feel no less than the other person,"
> she said.
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