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IT companies open doors for visually challenged

india Updated: Jun 12, 2007 11:26 IST

As part of their special responsibilities, Information Technology industry in India is slowly opening its eyes towards the visually challenged by offering them jobs, training and even taking up infrastructural modifications to accommodate them.

IBM, Mphasis, Infosys-BPO, SAP India and Adithi Technologies are some of the companies, which have started inducting the visually-impaired.

According to Shanthi Raghavan, founder of Bangalore-based EnAble India, an organisation working for the differently-abled, "the industry is opening up for the visually-impaired, though the pace is slow".

Industry major IBM, in association with EnAble India, had recently conducted a three-week training programme in Bangalore for teachers of the visually impaired on the right computer teaching techniques to address the IT skills of their students.

"It was for the first time that an IT company in India has come up with such an initiative for the visually impaired," said Raghavan.

As many as 15 teachers from different institutions across the country underwent the training and this in turn is expected to help some 500-1000 students, said Raghavan. Further, it should enhance the employability of at least 450 people this year.