Where is 'Assistive Technology' today?

posted  by Anonymous -  Tue, 24/07/2012 - 12:13  

Assistive technologies of varied range have the potential of bridging the gap and bringing down barriers which were earlier seen as inevitable for the differently abled population. BiGTech explores several assistive technologies provided by Barrierbreak Technologies- an enterprise that is a leading assistive technology provider and finds out what it has to offer to the people with special needs.


Shilpi Kapoor, who heads Barrierbreak, talks about the products range that can benefit the visually impaired, mobility impaired, hearing impaired and learning impaired. Here is what she has to say about assistive technology and its impact in the life of people with disabilities.


Given the right environment, people with disabilities can be as productive as those without disabilities. How does Assistive technology help in boosting an inclusive environment?

Assistive technology solutions can range from the simple to the complex, but they all have one thing in common – they assist people with a wide range of disabilities and impairments to overcome their limitations and achieve greater independence. These are technologies that help the blind to perform activities that typically require ‘seeing’, the deaf to do things that would typically require them to ‘hear’ and the non-verbal to accomplish tasks that would typically need ‘speech’.

A person with cognitive or learning impairment who has difficulties reading, writing and spelling or has dyslexia can use literacy software solutions like the Dolphin Easy Tutor. It includes Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and converts scan printed pages into electronic text, Dolphin EasyReader - the digital talking book player allows the user to read and listen to content through a combination of text, audio and images. A hearing impaired person can use the hearing aid compatible and large key phone for assistance.

Computer aids such as the Dolphin Supernova Screen Reader & Magnifier, adaptive keyboards and ClearView desktop magnifiers can have a major impact in the education of persons with disability.


What is the main problem that people with disabilities face as far as assistive technology is concerned?

The primary problem that needs to be addressed is the limited access to technology for people with disabilities. In education and day-today life, assistive technology is not available to the persons with disabilities. This hampers them in their education and growth. Many people are not even aware of available assistive technologies and thus the use of these technologies is minimal in our country.


How can a person/organization procure Assistive Technology from Barrierbreak and what is the support provided on procurement?

Barrierbreak offers a wide range of assistive technology products that cater to the needs of people with different types of disabilities. Be it for a person with visual impairment, hearing impairment, mobility impairment or learning impairment - You will find a product that would suit the person according to his disabilities!

You can write to us at info(at) or visit for information on various assistive technology products pan disability. You can call Barrierbreak for a demo on the product you wish to procure or you also have the option to view videos or download demo of various products on our website.

We also provide customized training on the product purchased by the person or organization so that the users can get accustomed with the technology accommodating to their needs.

A number of NGO’s have been our clients for assistive technology products; to name a few - National Association for Blind (NAB), SPJ Sadhana School, Xavier's Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged (XRCVC), Forum of Autism, Arth Astha, Able Disable All People Together (ADAPT), Asha Army School etc.


What are the steps taken by Barrierbreak in the space of Assistive Technology?

We have initiated Techshare India - A program with RNIB to promote accessibility and assistive technology. It has a pan disability conference, where 40 plus exhibitors showcase their products and services for people with disability. Besides, our Abilities Unlimited program is a format to spread awareness among organizations around the needs of persons with disabilities.

The BarrierBreak Accessibility Lab has numerous assistive technologies that can be used by people with disabilities. You can call us at +91-22-2686 0485/6 or email us and drop in to experience our accessibility lab.

In addition, we would also be calling NGO’s to participate in a pilot study to know the impact of assistive technology in the lives of people. The NGO’s selected by the Barrierbreak team would get an opportunity to use a product for 30 days on a trail basis for free. This would help them explore the product before investing on them.


SEYWAC Takes Information Technology to Farmers' Doorsteps

posted  by Anonymous -  Sun, 03/06/2012 - 04:42   SEYWAC takes IT to Farmers' Doorsteps
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SEYWAC Takes Information Technology to Farmers' Doorsteps

Social Empowerment of Youth Women and Children (SEYWAC) is delighted to announce its implementation of eSagu - an ICT based personalized agri-advisory system in five villages in Nizamabad district.

Villages near Kamareddy --Adloor, Rangampet, Posanipet, Gargul and Israjiwadi  were selected to carry out the second phase of eSagu. A new feature in e-Sagu where a farmer can get advise regarding the crop cultivation from expert within a few hours. Farmers of all these five villages will have an access to agricultural scientists located in IIIT Hyderabad.

Using internet, mobile phones and, web based technologies farmers will be able to reach scientists through a coordinator, who is trained in using computer and internet technologies.

SEYWAC is determined to bridge the digital divide in the rural India and improve farm productivity and farmers' profitability by educating scientific farming practices and providing risk-management education.

Your support to this cause is very important.
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What is eSagu:
'eSagu' is a web-based personalized agro-advisory system. It was developed in Indian Institute of Information Technology- Hyderabad in association with Media Lab Asia and Dept. of Communications and Technology.

Awards and Recognitions:

Best e-governance project at the Computer Society of India (CSI).
Nihilent e-Governance Awards for 2005-06
Worldwide latest novel Internet applications by Institute for Information Industry
One of the top three e-Governance projects of India (the other two are BHOOMI and SAMPARK).
The Fellow of Manthan Award: The e-Content Path breakers”, by Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), New Delhi.

How it Works:

Farmers are enrolled in the eSagu program for villages. Trained coordinators, educated youth equipped with digital cameras, will visit individual farms, with unique identification numbers, assigned to them regularly and take photographs of the status.

These photographs along with a format comprising several aspects like whether the previous advises were followed would be sent to the central lab located at IIIT here.

Once the analysis of photographs is completed, expert advise for the particular farm would be sent to coordinators through SMS.
Remotely-located farmers thus get real time access to expert professional help, which helps them save their crops.
Click here to watch video

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posted  by Anonymous -  Fri, 11/05/2012 - 11:43   Dear all Our organisation has been selected as one of the "Deployment Site" for "GLOBAL DISABILITY RIGHTS LIBRARY" through USAID to disseminate disability rights information to the PWDs in our area. ours is one of such locations among 60 selected NGOs from different developing countries identified by USAID through United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD. The project provides off-line digital storage technology called eGranary. No other support will be provided to run the project. To run the project effectively we need 4 Desktops to serve more number of PWD population. I am giving the e-mails of the contact persons of the project to confirm our sanction. Andrea Shettle – Andrea is program manager for the GDRL project at the U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD)., by phone (1-877-535-0506). Andrea is Deaf but is able to use a sign language interpreter to assist her in handling voice calls to this phone. Tomeka Petersen – Tomeka works within the WiderNet Project at The University of Iowa. She will coordinate the enrollment, processing and orientation of GDRL deployment sites. Tomeka can be contacted by email at : or by phone at (1-319-335-2200). We hope positive response With best regards ANJANA PRASAD CHEKURI ADITHYA EDUCATIONAL ACADEMY ANDHRA PRADESH - INDIA,

गुमशुदा कविता की तलाश

posted  by Anonymous -  Wed, 02/05/2012 - 13:42   खो गई है मेरी कविता पिछले दो दशको से. वह देखने में, जनपक्षीय है कंटीला चेहरा है उसका जो चुभता है, शोषको को. गठीला बदन, हैसियत रखता है प्रतिरोध की. उसका रंग लाल है वह गई थी मांगने हक़, गरीबों का. फिर वापस नहीं लौटी, आज तक. मुझे शक है प्रकाशकों के ऊपर, शायद, हत्या करवाया गया है सुपारी देकर. या फिर पूंजीपतियो द्वारा सामूहिक वलात्कार कर, झोक दी गई है लोहा गलाने की भट्ठी में. कहाँ-कहाँ नहीं ढूंढा उसे शहर में.... गावों में... खेतों में.. और वादिओं में..... ऐसा लगता है मुझे मिटा दिया गया है, उसका बजूद समाज के ठीकेदारों द्वारा अपने हित में. फिर भी विश्वास है लौटेगी एक दिन मेरी खोई हुई कविता. क्योंकि नहीं मिला है हक़..... गरीबों का. हाँ देखना तुम वह लौटेगी वापस एक दिन, लाल झंडे के निचे संगठित मजदूरों के बिच, दिलाने के लिए उनका हक़.


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Only three days left! NGOs, tell us your technology needs in 10 mins

posted  by Anonymous -  Wed, 14/03/2012 - 12:46   TechSoup wants to learn more about how your organization uses traditional and cloud-based technology and about your plans for the future.

Take our survey – it’s short, only 10 minutes, and intended for anyone who has responsibility for recommending, purchasing or managing IT products or services at an NGO including nonprofits, charities, libraries, foundations or similar organizations. All ranges of IT influencers are invited -- from accidental techies to IT directors.

By better understanding the tools you currently use and your future plans, we can work with our partners around the world to provide nonprofits like yours the technology resources they need to operate at their full potential.

What are we doing with the results? 

Around May 2012, we’ll publish a white paper with the survey results detailing the responses of nonprofits based in the United States, and in 37 countries around the world. The results will support organizations like yours in making informed IT decisions. They will provide insights into how your peers are using technology, and into the currents needs and issues around adopting cloud technologies.

If you’re interested in receiving a report on the survey findings, be sure to provide your email address at the end of the survey.We’ll send you the white paper when it’s finished in late spring. It’ll also be available for free on our site.

Thanks for anti virus

posted  by Anonymous -  Tue, 06/03/2012 - 19:29   We thanks to Bigtech for Software donation. my system is badly effected from major virus than we got quickheal from bigtech and thanks to bigtech for donation. today my system condition is very good

'Harnessing Information Technology for Non-profits’ 6 March 2012, 9am to 2pm

posted  by Anonymous -  Wed, 29/02/2012 - 19:15  

Join leaders from Government, leading non-profits and IT companies in an interactive discussion at NASSCOM Foundation's ConnectIT conference in Patna on March 6, 2012.

Bihar Industries Association
Industry House, Sinha Library Road, Patna -  800001, (Bihar)

Unique opportunity for decision makers from non-profits, government and corporates for a first-hand preview of the potential of technology.

 Exclusive panel discussions to share and explore topics such as:

·  Potential of Technology for Government and NGOs

·  Relating Technology to Development Work

·  Web 2.0 & Development sector

·  IT Capacity Building for NGOs

ConnectIT is the advanced IT skills development program conducted in partnership with Microsoft. NASSCOM Foundation has so far impacted over 1400 non-profits in seven states by training more than 2300 personnel, donated Rs. 20 cr. of software to more than 600 NGOs. The NASSCOM Social Innovation Honours recognizes innovation in ICT for social development initiatives.

At the ConnectIT Day on 6 March, NASSCOM Foundation will announce the commencement of upcoming workshops in Bihar and participants will get a chance to register their non-profit. 

Click here for Registration

For more information
call: Vikas Kamble -
  09223501938; Santosh More - 9223300450

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How to make a one-minute video - Techsoup Digital Storytelling Contest 2012

posted  by Anonymous -  Mon, 13/02/2012 - 20:20  
We announced the Techsoup Digital Storytelling contest (TSDigs 2012) in our last newsletter and several of you have responded back with interest in creating a one-minute video of your NGO activities. We are happy to support you and so here is a recap of the several popular webinars created by Techsoup that will definitely spice up your video. 

The first part of this three-part webinar series will focus on all the decisions you need to make before you start recording your video. Watch this webinar to learn how to tell your story in a way that touches your audience and moves it to action. This includes understanding the basics of good storytelling, translating that story into a script and/or production guide as well as where to find great auxiliary tools and resources to really make your story shine.

The objective of this webinar is to get you comfortable behind a camera with your director's hat on.

According to Guest expert Aaron Bramley,co-founder and director of communication/education, Lights. Camera. Help. there are three versions of a digital story: what you plan, what you capture, and what you edit and produce. The version of the story you edit and produce is most important version. The type of equipment you have available and choose to use affects each of these three story versions.

Editing and post-production does not have to be expensive and, in fact, many digital storytellers already have access to the tools they need. Many storytellers begin the video post-production process on their computers. Watch the video to learn all this and get going on your video now! 

Once you are ready with the video, this is where you submit

While submitting your entry, in the question How did you hear about TSDigs? do mention "bigtech". this way we can followup with techsoup and offer you further support beyond the contest. 


FAQs for downloading the licenses from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC)

posted  by Anonymous -  Fri, 10/02/2012 - 16:05  

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Read here for clarifications to all these and more questions.




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