16-SEP-2019: Disability Unit and ALIMCO distributed smart-phones, rehabilitation aids to visually impaired students
Aligarh, September 16: The sight of visually impaired students browsing websites and apps on smart-phones whilst walking with long canes should not surprise you in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Thanks to a distribution drive of rehabilitation aids, many visually impaired students are now smart-phone users just like sighted people.
They received these phones with smart-canes, Braille-canes, Daisy-players (audio recorders) and hearing aids worth over almost three-and-a-half lakh Rupees in a drive conducted by the Disability Unit, AMU and ALIMCO, a Mini-Ratna company under the aegis of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.
Prof Khalid Bin Yousuf, Coordinator, Disability Unit said that 46 visually impaired students received these devices in the drive, which will connect them with the virtual world via smart-phones having special accessibility features.
He added that these phones have special talk-back features and keypads with numbers written in Braille to assist the recognition of digits.
The distribution drive aimed to connect differently able students with the mainstream by removing their communication barriers, said Prof Khalid.
Disability Unit members, Prof Khalid Bin Yousuf (Coordinator), Dr Riyaz Ahmed and Dr Faiz Zaidi with ALIMCO officials, Mr Rajesh Das, S Jamir, Vineet Kumar Pandey and Shivam Shukla distributed the rehabilitation aids.
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