Software to help people with vision disabilities

Asia-Pacific, News, February 21 2015

CHANDIGARH, INDIA: Reading Punjabi literature or subject books in Punjabi will no more be a hindrance to people with vision disabilities. The Punjabi Espeak reading software would be introduced in the city by National Association for the Blind (NAB). This software is already available in English, Hindi and some other languages.

The software is designed using Non Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) and works by reading the onscreen text. “This software will open doors for all those who wish to read and write Punjabi books, literature and novels. Students will be able to read Punjabi text relating to their textbook content. There are nearly three lakh people with vision disabilities in Punjab and they would surely be benefitted,” Vinod Chadha, president of NAB, Chandigarh. To make members with vision disabilities in Tricity and Punjab proficient in the software, a two-day training session is being organized on Friday and Saturday.

The training will be given by two NGO’s – Daisy Forum of India, New Delhi, and Centre for Internet Society, Bangalore. “They will also assist trainees about other assistive devices that have come recently and can benefit people with vision disabilities in one or the other way,” Chadha said.

“The specially-designed training program will be attended by 20 people with vision disabilities comprising computer teachers, employees and students of university and local colleges who will further impart skills to others in the region,” he said.

Source: Times of India

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