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  2. 2. <ul><ul><li>Synergy is a student committee and a network to empower the visually challenged. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We believe that each individual is blessed with enormous potential energy, irrespective of social, physical or economical barriers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This is a pie chart depicting how people use their senses in the process of learning, as sketched out by a recent study. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>knowing one's weaknesses is one of the greatest strengths one can possess. Diversity makes life interesting and challenging. </li></ul><ul><li>amongst a number of specially or differently able people, there are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visually challenged. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physically challenged. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hearing and speech challenged. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mentally challenged </li></ul></ul><ul><li>However, more than anything, &quot;Acceptance is the key to surpass every obstruction.&quot; </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><ul><li>Around 60 million Indians are differently abled, that’s 6% of our total population. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our policy makers, decission makers and politicians look at this statisstics as a charity issue and a welfare issue, but it is a developmental issue. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No country can progress leaving 6 % of its population in the lurch. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><ul><li>It is the condition of lacking visual perception due to physiological or neurological factors. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Various scales have been developed to describe the extent of vision loss : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Total blindness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low-vision </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>“ once determined, no obstacles in the path of success.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How do they study? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Braille - a script that requires punching paper to read the raised dots created, by feeling them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other assistive technologies – Technology is creating a severe breakthrough in all the walks of life. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><ul><li>Computers are operated using screenreaders and other special softwares and hardwares like JAWS, Magic magnifier, Supernova, Braille embossers, Braille displayers, handheld magnifiers etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Printed material is read by scanning and running the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on the scanned image. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lectures and notes are recorded using portable media devices (Voicerecorders and MP3players). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Symbian-enabled mobile handsets are operated using mobile screenreaders like “Mobile Speak” or “Talks”. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><ul><li>Apart from the eyes, every other sense organ is on the high alert to observe and grasp the place and the surroundings. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A white cane is used to cross the road and feel the ground before stepping on it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>width and texture of the road, sound of the moving vehicles, traffic signals, bus-stops, speed breakers and buildings become some of the significant landmarks to travel independently. talking watches, colour detectors, talking calculators, Money ditecturs, talking microwaves etc are very useful at times. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A device called “threater” is used to insert the threat into the eye of a needle. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For a better understanding of how these people do their day-to-day activities, just go on with whatever you were upto with eyes closed for a while. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><ul><li>Visually challenged are working for various orgs like Google, Microsoft, GE, IBM , SBI , Canara Bank , infosys, Cry, Green Peace etc, on par with their other colleagues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some 250 different job profiles identified can be performed by differently abled. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They are working in almost all the levels of jobs across various industries, like lecturers, statisticians, artists, HR professionals, entrepreneurs, docters, research analysts, engineers, IT professionals and so on. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><ul><li>The representation of a diverse workforce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Channels to further creativity and innovation in the organization. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A source of inspiration to others. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An alternate source of suitable candidates </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><ul><li>Know that Their basic requirement is a feasible work place solution and a barrier free environment. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As their colleagues, don’t let them left out – involve them in all your activities, with no presumptions. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><ul><li>TV Raman - a software programmer at Google. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rajani-First lady  Chartered Accountant of India. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ravindra Jain - a Music Director. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Duncan McLaurin  - A 14-year-old who launched a space rocket. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Miles Hilton-barber - adventurous and the first blind pilot . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eric Alexander - a mountaineer who climbed the mount everest. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jhon Milton – (you know who?)…….It doesn’t end here. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. It ’ s quite incredible that many blind people are into various walks of life where vision generally plays a prominent role like in.  1. Painting 2. Photography
  14. 16. <ul><li>Any uncertainties in communicating with a visually challenged person? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Express yourself through words rather than using visual gestures or signs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>be frank enough while enquiring about anything including matters relating to their eye-sight. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Let them know when you enter or leave the room. If you see someone else entering, then just announce their name. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Describe the surroundings clearly. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>read to them points written on signboards and trace diagrams on their hands. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk directly to the visually challenged person without using the accompanying person as an interpretor. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t leave them ignored, just think of them as another member of your group. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember they are only visually challenged, and all other senses are perfectly ok. So just go by your reasoning power, and you’ll do well. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vision loss is a mere inconvenience, not a disability. They are differently abled </li></ul></ul>
  15. 17. <ul><li>Building the teem through announcements, PPT's, identifying suitable candidate. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take the guidance of a professor as the mentor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>brainstorm on the projects to take up. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You'll find many projects if you register on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fix a time line for the completion of the project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify sources of Finance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Importance of Marketing and Media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dealing with Transition stage </li></ul></ul>
  16. 18. <ul><li>To do a research on NGO's visit Websites like </li></ul><ul><ul><li> or , </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interact with the beneficiaries. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Give your donation in kind than in cash </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ensure to make funds available for productive purposes like library membership, , scholarships, college fees etc. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is a good idea to check back if the donations  have     been worthly made use of. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 19. <ul><li>Make your time more memorable by being </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scribe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online tutor through VoIP like (Skype, Google talk, Yahoo messenger) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Record books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  Edit the scanned books. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Or: tell us what you can do. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you do your bit, we'll be able to do ours! </li></ul></ul>