Computer Training Program for Visually Challenged at CDAC, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai during July 23–August 4, 2012

About training:
In India, about 7-8 million people are suffering from full or partial visual impairment. Such people have to be provided with different kinds of support devices to access the world and to perform routine tasks like bill payments, banking transactions, reservations etc.. Now technology, either software-based or hardware-based, has made it possible for these people to access the world in their own way. But a large section of blind population is still away from advantages of modern assistive technologies. The main reasons for this gap are not only the lack of awareness about assistive technologies available and lack of hands-on practice to use it, but also the cost of technology. Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) tools/techniques play an important role in creating assistive technologies that are free-of-cost, available to all and easily maintainable for a large portion of population in a country like India. For visually challenged people, available computer based assistive technologies include screen magnifier, screen reader, braille display, digital book reader and many more. From all of these, screen reader is the most popular and potentially useful for such people to access the computer. A screen reader is a software application that just not reads the screen from top to bottom but also helps the user to navigate the interface by communicating the current position where s/he is, where to go next by giving appropriate feedback. This training program is intended to provide a learning platform for visually challenged persons to learn the basics of computer and the usage of screen reader. The training will include using desktop, text editor, command line, word processor, spreadsheet, playing multimedia, Internet browsing and mail client. Working of screen reader with other Indian languages will also be covered during the training program. More details about training program can be found at CDAC, Mumbai website (http://www.cdacmumbai.in). The GNU/Linux distribution for Visually Challenged developed by CDAC, Mumbai and FOSS based screen reader Orca will be used for training purposes.
Objectives of training program:
  • To create awareness about computer based assistive technologies available for visually challenged users.
  • To give hands-on training for basics of computer using screen reader.

Target Audience:

Visually challenged users having basic understanding of English and interest to learn new technologies.
Duration: 10 Days (60hrs.) Dates: July 23, 2012 – August 4, 2012

Organized by:

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Mumbai

Supported by:

  National Resource Centre for Free & Open Source Software (NRCFOSS)
Registration Details:

Registration is free of cost, but the seats are very limited. Registration will be on first-come-first-serve basis. To register yourself, please download the registration form and send by e-mail to ossd@cdac.in or send by post to the address mentioned below.

For More details, please contact :-

E-mail: ossd@cdac.in

Address:

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (Formerly NCST)

Near Bharati Vidyapeeth,
Raintree Marg, Sector 7, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai – 400614
Maharashtra, INDIA Telephone: + 91-22-27565303/304/305 Fax: +91-22-27565004

Note: More details about the programme can be accessed at http://www.cdacmumbai.in/ctvc

GNU/Linux distributions for Differently-abled people from CDAC, Mumbai

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), Mumbai has released beta versions of GNU/Linux distributions for Differently-abled people. These distributions are part of the activities being carried out under “Enhancing Accessibility for FOSS Desktops” project under NRCFOSS-Phase II at CDAC, Mumbai. There are three distributions specific to three different kinds of disabilities namely:

1. GNU/Linux distribution for Visually-challenged: This is a GNU/Linux distribution (beta version – 0.1.1) created specially for visually challenged users. Visually challenged users can use it out of the box because accessibility settings required by them are already enabled.

2. GNU/Linux distribution for Physically-challenged: GNU/Linux for Physically Challenged-Beta-0.1.1′ is a special distribution for physically challenged people, so that they can easily access FOSS desktops.

3. GNU/Linux distribution for Cognitively-challenged: This GNU/Linux distribution has been developed to provide an accessible desktop environment to the cognitively challenged users.

These distributions and other related documentation can be downloaded from here.

Note: It is advisable to go through documentation first before installing/using the distribution. In case of error in any download and for feedback on distributions,  one can contact at ossd[at]cdac[dot]in.