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2 May, 2017 Shilpi Kapoor

What do we mean by accessible smart cities?

In a previous blog post, Ramya talked about India’s smart cities mission. In this blog post, I’d like to talk about smart cities in general, what it means accessibility-wise, and then relate to it from an Indian perspective. Smart cities have been hard to define, and often have had a very nebulous definition. However, looking…

28 April, 2017 Shilpi Kapoor

Braille Visiting Card – Simple start to inclusion!

A question that I have always asked myself in working on inclusion of people with disabilities has been, “Am I walking the talk?”. One small area to focus on is that first introduction to someone wherein we share a visiting card. You must be wondering that what is in a braille card, how can it…

26 April, 2017 Ramya Venkitesh

Setting up an Assistive Technology Resource Center

Every person has the right to live independently and people with disabilities are no different. Today they come across various barriers that hinder their education, employment and even in their day to day activities. A resource center with reasonable accommodations and availability of right assistive technology products can assist in removing the barriers for people…

19 April, 2017 Ramya Venkitesh

Glassouse – Mouse Alternative that can be controlled with your head and mouth

Can a person with no hands or with no hand movement work on a computer? How can a person with spinal cord injuries, stroke patients, or people having bad motor skills, operate a computer mouse or use their finger(s) for tablets or phones? BarrierBreak introduces “GlassOuse” to its Assistive Technologies product line specially designed for people with…

17 April, 2017 Ramya Venkitesh

What is a Smart City?

A smart city is an urban development vision to integrate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Internet of things (IoT) technology in a secure fashion to manage a city’s assets. Wikipedia. Smart Cities Awas Yojna Mission by the Government of India has been initiated with a mission to develop 100 cities (the target has been…

29 March, 2017 Shilpi Kapoor

Keyboard at every desk! Adaption to the Rescue!?

I don’t know about you, but if I have to get work done, I prefer using the keyboard & keyboard shortcuts rather than the mouse. I find it most effective and faster to manoeuvre with! Yet when we go to buy a computer, the last thing that we consider is the keyboard! Maybe, we have…

23 March, 2017 Shilpi Kapoor

3 Myths about living independently with Low Vision!

I have been working with the visually impaired for the last 18 years and find that people don’t understand the challenges of low vision. The assumption is always that you have lost your total sight! So not true. Let me shatter some of the myths around low vision. 1. Low Vision doesn’t mean that you…

15 March, 2017 Ramya Venkitesh

Communication with AAC Devices

Problem communicating or expressing yourself due to limited or no speech? Try AAC devices! What is AAC? ‘Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is an umbrella term that encompasses the communication methods used to supplement or replace speech or writing for those with impairments in the production or comprehension of spoken or written language.’ – Wikepedia….