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Technology Solutions for Visually Impaired Students by Pune Central

Technology Solutions for Visually Impaired Students
25 Oct, 2018

Beneficiaries : 200

Cost : 1800000

President : Ravi Kapoor

Rotarian Team : NA

Non Rotary Partner : NA

Description :
RCPC has been working with visually impaired young adults since 2004. Our close involvement enabled us to identify ‘Computer Access’ as a major need of such persons. "Technology is a great leveler" and we leveraged technology based solutions to address this need. The solution is : NVDA equipped Laptops for Computer Access A visually challenged person can perform at par with any normally sighted person, provided he has access to appropriate technology. Over the decades, computers have played the role of one such enabling technology. A standard computer with a screen reading software enables a blind person to perform a variety of tasks at school, college and office by using the audio output. Despite availability of such enabling solutions, many youngsters lack access to computers due to affordability issues. Therefore, RCPC stepped in with funds so that laptops with contemporary specifications could be provided at 50% subsidized cost to deserving candidates. Co-sharing of cost ensured that the beneficiary has a financial stake and hence a commitment to make the best use of the opportunity provided. During 2018-19, total 50 NVDA enabled laptops were donated to visually challenged college students from educational institutes for the blind. The cumulative number of beneficiaries over past two years is 150. The beneficiaries are provided training in the use of NVDA laptops at the Technical Training Institute of the Poona Blind Man's Association at Hadapsar. The training covers basic computer uses and advance applications. After completion of training, the beneficiaries become suitable for employment in BPO centres and IT companies. The above projects was led and managed by a team of 2 senior Rotarians of RCPC with support and involvement of about 20 other members and R’Anns including members of Inner Wheel Club.

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