Every year, ‘Vijayadasami’ day is much anticipated by a lot to get initiated into various kinds of learning, be it the world of letters, arts or technology. When the day falls this year, it is bringing cheers to the visually-challenged in the state, as they are getting a taste of technology in ‘computer vidyarambham.’
In order to make the visually challenged familiar with technology, on October 14, in a novel initiative, they are getting initiated into computer literacy at four centres across the state.
With the aid of talking computers, the ‘vidyarambham’ is organised by Chakshumathi Charitable Trust, which works towards the empowerment of the visually-challenged. The ‘vidyarambham’ will be held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kozhikode and Kannur.
In 2012, they have organised a braille ‘vidyarambham’ for children in the capital city.
“There are visually challenged people who cannot go out and work for the reason that they cannot operate a computer.
Through this initiative, we aim to empower them to overcome this barrier,” said managing trustee of Chakshumathi Charitable Trust Ram Kamal.
The ‘vidyarambham’ here is organised in association with the Regional Institute of Ophthalmology at the Government Eye Hospital hall and, in other three places, the programme is being held at the centres of Chakshumathi which will be led by its volunteers.
As in the normal computers, the user can ‘read and write’ in the talking computers as well with the assistance of spoken voice. They can listen to each letter when it is typed or can play back the text after one finishes writing. It also enables to edit and delete text as usually done in a normal computer.
Apart from the visually challenged, those struggling with print disability, can also have ‘computer vidyarambham.’ A ‘braille vidyarambham’ will also be organised along with this event. Those who wish to participate in the event can contact 0471-3235484/ 9061337190/ 9605184373.