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					Software for and by the Blind
                       Arun Mehta
           Professor, JMIT Radaur
What is Disability?
   The absence of an ability
   As many disabilities as there are abilities
   Consequently, we are all disabled in
    almost every conceivable way
   Our definition is dynamic: education and
    technology both create new abilities
The blind are best at developing
technology for the blind
   Ted Henter, Jaws
   TV Raman, emacspeak
   Satveer Singh, Hindi Braille editor
   NAB, SAFA, Daisy
   But where do the blind go to become
    developers?
Technology for the Blind is not
just for the blind
   The blind and the illiterate are both “print
    disabled” – technology for the one also
    works for the other
   When you cannot look at the screen, e.g.
    while driving, for the software you are
    blind
   Therefore, technology for the blind has
    huge market potential
Technologies of particular interst
to the blind
   Radio
       FM, community radio
       Mobile phones, with camera and GPS
       Mesh networks
       GNU Radio
   TTS
Proposal
   An institute that imparts IT skills by creating
    products and services for the blind
   Uses distance learning (more natural for the
    blind) to bring in international teachers and
    students, and automatically produce courseware
   Students grow up in FLOSS culture
   Studies and promotes the impact of technology
    in the lives of the blind
Replication
   Blur distinction between teacher and
    student: the more advanced teach the less
    (the best way to learn something is to
    teach it)
   Teach the students how to run such an
    institute themselves, by running this one.
    This saves costs, and teaches our
    students a marketable, entrepreneurial
    skill

				
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