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Global expo on aids for disabled from today

WITH A view to create awareness about various aids and appliances as also technologies beneficial for disabled, City-based disabled welfare organisation Arushi is organising a three-day international exposition on `Technologies for Disabled? from February 17 to 19 on the premises of Arushi at 1, Shivaji Nagar.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2006 15:14 IST

WITH A view to create awareness about various aids and appliances as also technologies beneficial for disabled, City-based disabled welfare organisation Arushi is organising a three-day international exposition on `Technologies for Disabled’ from February 17 to 19 on the premises of Arushi at 1, Shivaji Nagar.

The exposition would include a live demonstration of new assisting technology devices for the blind, low vision, hearing impaired and physically challenged persons. The technologies and appliances are from various countries like Australia, Sweden, Canada, Spain, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Israel, UK, Czech Republic and USA apart from India.

Devices that would be displayed and demonstrated include talking computers, mobile speak – the talking mobile phone software, pocket video magnifier, talking pocket digital diaries, talking colour detectors, talking measuring tape, talking measuring jug, talking blood sugar monitor, talking interactive quiz creator software, tactile atlas, speech software, Braille embosser, pocket Braillers – all for visually impaired persons.

Apart from this for the deaf and dumb persons – PC tele typewriter software, speech recognition software, word prediction software and for physically challenged, cerebral palsy hit and multiple disabled, appliances like one hand keyboard, foot

paddle keyboards, switches, computer typing tutorial software, hands free wire recognition software, picture communication software, camera mouse, talking spelling practice software, magic screen magnification software, talking tool box software and others.

Anil Mudgal of Arushi has said over the years, assisting devices backed with advancement in computer technology have played a significant role in the process of inclusion of children with disabilities in regular school setup.

Most of this emerging technology has come to India but unfortunately children, parents, teachers, teacher educators, educational administrators and planners, bureaucrats and other key decision makers are largely unaware about their availability and use. The objective of the expo is to create this awareness. The expo would be inaugurated on February 17 at noon.

First Published: Feb 17, 2006 15:14 IST