[AI] Launch of simply Reading app

Vikas Kapoor dl.vikas at gmail.com
Fri May 4 06:13:03 EDT 2018


Is it only for Epub format or for all other popular formats like word and pdf?
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Srinivasu Chakravarthula 
  To: AccessIndia: a list for discussing accessibility and issues concerning the disabled. 
  Sent: Friday, May 04, 2018 2:14 PM
  Subject: Re: [AI] Launch of simply Reading app


  This is fabulous, Dipendra! Just downloaded. Simple and intuitive
  interface...
  Cheers,
  Vasu

  Regards,

  Srinivasu Chakravarthula - Twitter: http://twitter.com/CSrinivasu/
  Website: http://www.srinivasu.org | http://serveominclusion.com

  Let's create an inclusive web!

  Lead Accessibility Consultant, Informatica


  On Fri, May 4, 2018 at 1:44 PM, Dipendra Manocha <dipendra.lists at gmail.com>
  wrote:

  > Dear Friends
  >
  > Simply Reading app launched on May 2. See below for more details:
  >
  > https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=aeldata.simply.reading
  >
  > SIMPLY READING WITHOUT SEEING
  > In preparation to impact million persons with print disabilities in India
  >
  > Dependence on others for reading and writing is one of the biggest hurdles
  > in way of education, employment and leading an independent life, especially
  > in case of people living with visual disabilities and low vision.  To
  > empower the persons with visual disabilities, , the DAISY Consortium (a
  > network of not for profit organisations from 55 countries) has developed
  > the "Simply Reading” app as part of Standard Chartered Bank’s global Seeing
  > is Believing initiative to tackle avoidable (preventable or treatable)
  > blindness. The App is based on the cost-effective and flexible android
  > platform which aims to unlock digital reading for people who struggle with
  > existing, more complex touch screen solutions.  It is the only Android
  > application in India for reading books which connects to online accessible
  > libraries, and allows books to be read on connected Braille display and in
  > all major Indian languages.
  > The app was launched during the Simply Reading Without Seeing Seminar held
  > on 2 May at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi by Shri Jagmohan, former
  > governor of Jammu and Kashmir and former LG of Delhi.  On the occasion of
  > the launch, Mr. Jagmohan released an accessible copy of his book "My frozen
  > Turbulence in Kashmir" on Sugamya Pustakalaya and readable on the Simply
  > Reading app. Sugamya Pustakalaya is the common online library of accessible
  > books for people with print disabilities which is powered by TCS Access
  > Infinity. Sugamya Pustakalaya is an integral part of Accessible India
  > Campaign of government of India. Software platform for this has been
  > contributed by TCS and accessible content and outreach is contributed by
  > government and non-government not for profit organizations and publishers.
  >
  > Mr Richard Orme, CEO of the DAISY Consortium said, “The Simply Reading app
  > is simple to use by persons with blindness or low vision on a touch screen
  > device and books can be directly downloaded and read in this app from many
  > online libraries such as Sugamya Pustakalaya and Bookshare.”
  >
  > Ms Karuna Bhatia, Head of Sustainability for India, Standard Chartered
  > Bank said, “This year is special as it marks the 15 year anniversary of
  > Seeing is Believing, our global community investment programme to tackle
  > visual impairment and avoidable blindness. In India, from 2003 to 2017, we
  > have provided over 13 million eye care interventions through our network of
  > 125 vision centres across 22 states catering to people in the urban, rural
  > and remote parts of the country. We are excited to be part of this project
  > and congratulate the Daisy Consortium for their hard work in creating a
  > long-term and sustainable value for the local community through the
  > development of Simply Reading app which aims to unlock the digital reading
  > potential of the visually impaired.  The launch of this app is a true
  > demonstration of how we are getting closer to being digital with a human
  > touch and empowering our communities.”
  >
  > Another key highlight of the seminar was presentation and dissemination of
  > the accessible digital and tactile format version of training materials on
  > often neglected topic of Menstrual Hygiene which were jointly developed by
  > the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council - a UN agency,
  > Saksham and the Assistech Lab of IIT Delhi. Ms Kamini Prakash, Technical
  > Officer of Equality and Non-Discrimination at WSSCC  said,  "This
  > publication helps to break the silence around menstruation and replace
  > shame and silence with information, pride and confidence so that women and
  > girls with visual impairment adopt safe and hygienic practices during their
  > period and walk tall every day of their lives.”
  >
  > Saksham along with its partner organizations has been involved in several
  > projects to provide a holistic affordable reading and writing solution for
  > in Indian languages. Outcomes of these projects such as the Indo-NVDA
  > screen reading software, DAISY players in all Indian languages, affordable
  > Braille displays, and the dictation software were also demonstrated.
  >
  > Saksham also released about 300 accessible format books for the students
  > of central universities in under Amway India’s CSR programme. Mr Sunil
  > Sachdev, President of Federation of Publishers's and Book Sellers's in
  > India committed his whole-hearted support and cooperation to make these
  > books available in accessible format for persons with print disabilities on
  > Sugamya Pustakalaya.  Prof. Balakrishnan who leads the centre of excellence
  > on tactile graphics at IIT Delhi introduced accessible materials for
  > teaching subjects such as Science and Mathematics to people with blindness.
  > Mr Dipendra Manocha, President of the DAISY Forum of India and founder of
  > Saksham said that, "With development of affordable reading devices in
  > Indian languages and braille presses connected to common online library
  > having a collection of about 3.5 lakh accessible format books paves the way
  > to scale up our operations and reach out to 5.3 million people with
  > blindness or low vision of our country.”
  >
  > Thanks
  > Dipendra
  >
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