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March 23, 2003

New Website in Inda Deaf News

Mar 23 2003

Assisting the differently abled

We do not use the term independent to mean someone who can do everything for himself, but to indicate someone who has taken control of his life and is choosing how that life is led – Brisenden.

Being part of a large society it is only natural that communication becomes an integral part of socialization skills. In day to-day life, interactions play an important role as it not only influences social relations but society at large. Technology has the potential to create equality and overcome geographical barriers that widens existing gap between the abled and the disabled.

Owing to the varying degree of disability, some people are unable to harness the benefits of technology. For instance, those suffering from hearing impairment or physical disability may have little or no access to telecommunication, or have difficulties in using the device. As a result their movements are restricted and many are unable to participate even in day – to day activities. In order to improve the quality of life, the project co-ordinator K. Murali, with Dr. Mahalingam College of Engineering and Technology, Pollachi has hosted a website in order to help the hearing impaired keep in touch with the outside world. Cheran Region Christian society for the Disabled has sponsored the site. Kulandaivel, inaugurated the ceremony, held here recently at the Sakthi Sugars. The site providers access to learn sign language (as per the lexicon formulated by Ramakrishna Mission vidyalaya, International Human Resource Development Centre for the Disabled and Oral language by the YOU CAN VOICE software, designed by the college, Besides, matrimonial, sports, news, job search, governmental orders related to deaf community and information about hearing impaired leaders

By Vidyashree Amaresh


The Hindu Paper

Date: 23.3.2003