[AI] Launch of simply Reading app

Santosh Kumar santoshkumar5931 at gmail.com
Fri May 4 06:48:52 EDT 2018


On Fri, May 4, 2018 at 3:43 PM, Vikas Kapoor <dl.vikas at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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