University installs software for students with vision disabilities

Asia-Pacific, August 30 2013

CUTTACK, INDIARavenshaw University has installed a software for students with vision disabilities . This software, JAWS, reads out whatever is typed on the computer. The eight computers with this software have been kept at a special section in the Kanika library.

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A scanner connected to these computers was also installed. It can read out the book placed inside it.

The varsity officials informed about these initiatives during the ceremony to welcome  students with disabilities and  of the varsity, on Wednesday. “Our aim is to make the special students comfortable in the campus,” said vice-chancellor Prof B C Tripathy.

“Students with vision disabilities suffer a lot due to unavailability of Braille books at the undergraduate and post graduate levels. So we installed software at a cost of Rs 2 lakh,” added the VC.

The authorities are planning to procure another high-end Zumax scanner and a Braille printer for students who are blind and allocated Rs 10 lakh for these. With the help of Braille printer, students who are blind can take out prints of their study materials in Braille script. There are over 80 blind students studying in the university.

Varsity officials have also created facilities for students with mobility disabilities too. “We have installed an elevator in the library and constructed ramps. Our next aim is to make the toilets in the university accessible,” Tripathy said.

Source: The Times of India

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