On 9th November 2015, Assistech conducted the Avlokan: Awareness Workshop. Avlokan aims as sensitizing the mainstream society about the needs, challenges and strengths of the visually impaired and also about various modern and affordable assistive technologies being developed by Assistech Lab.
This workshop was conducted in order to adapt the 40 booklets of Barkhaa series, two groups were formed comprising of experts of VI, teacher educators, special educators, teachers from special schools and KV's and COETG team(IIT Delhi).Barkhaa series has been developed by NCERT and is a pedagogic tool which helps children of classes I and II to learn how to read well with meaning and pleasure. For the children with special needs the rigidity of class may not always stand and it may be used at primary level. All the stories of Barkhaa have been developed on the basis of children's everyday experience. The aim of this workshop was to adapt the Barkhaa Series for visually impaired children according to UDL. UDL is intended to increase access to learning by reducing physical, cognitive, intellectual, and organizational barriers to learning, as well as other obstacles. UDL principles also lend themselves to implementing inclusion practices in the classroom.
Antarchakshu - The Eye Within, is an event organized by the Xavier's Resource Centre for the visually Challenged (XRCVC), St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, as a sensitization and awareness workshop that explores the world of the visually impaired. The theme for Antarchakshu 2015 was Creating an Accessible World. Antarchakshu 2015 was held on September 15 and 16 at the St. Xavier's College hall. The Objective of this event is to showcase the daily intricacies of the lives of the visually impaired
Late Dr. Helen Keller, the prodigy and genius who opened the door of educating Deaf and Deafblind, was herself Deafblind. She has said, A person who is severely handicapped never knows his own hidden strength until he is treated like a normal human being and allowed to be supported to shape his own life for life is either a challenge or nothing at all!Our thrust is towards the community's acceptance as a joint partnership responsibility with the child's family and educators
NCERT to publish tactile books for visually challenged
The scenario came up in a conversation between Dipendra Manocha, then director of IT and services with National Association for the Blind, and M Balakrishnan, professor of computer science at IIT Delhi and an expert in assistive technologies, back in 2005. It opened Balakrishnan's eyes to the dangers the visually-challenged face and he has been trying to create smarter technologies for them ever since.
NEW DELHI: "Will you teach me yoga?" It was a routine question but it left Iyengar yoga teacher Nivedita Joshi speechless: the man in the lobby of her school was holding a white cane but he seemed to have no doubts that he was fit for the world's most rigorous yoga system. "And I want to be in your normal class," he added, for good measure
The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani releasing Tactile Map Book at the 55th NCERT foundation day celebrations, in New Delhi.
President Pranab Mukherjee has released Yogikasparsh , a yoga manual in braille written by Nivedita Joshi, at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan.He said that Yoga is an art, science and philosophy that helps to join the powers of body, mind and soul for achieving self-realization. The President added, It is perhaps only yoga that provides the complete answer to a person's physical, mental, moral and spiritual well-being.
On 16th December 2016, Prof. M. Balakrishnan, Deputy Director, IIT Delhi was invited to Green Fields School, Safdarjung Enclave for distribution of Tactile Diagram Books of Science and Mathematics to the visually impaired students studying in 9th standard
Dr. Bob Marek, an expert in the area of tactile learning aids for the visually imapired, conducted a day long workshop-cum-demonstration. Dr. Marek hails from Poland and is also involved in a project in Nepal as a special educator and teacher trainer. He has developed some unique tactile kits which would make learning and understanding of new objects very easy for a visually imapired student
Ms. Ankita Gulati was honoured with the INR 5 lac grant by Department of Science and Technology(DST)