Gangtok: Saksham Trust, a non-profit organization, closely associated with National Association for the Blind (NAB), New Delhi, in association with NAB, Sikkim Branch organized a workshop on development of new technologies for the visually challenged at the Conference hall of the Forest Secretariat, Deorali on May 27. The objective of the workshop was to make the end users, Educational Institutions and Government policy maker’s aware of the various options for reading and writing for persons with blindness or low vision.
Mr. S. K. Silal Special Secretary, Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare Department who was the Chief Guest of the workshop said that such sensitization programme create awareness amongst the bureaucrat, civil society, NGOs working in the disability fields. Besides, it will immensely benefit the visually challenged and demonstration about the various technologies would help them to acquire skills and make them employable.
Ms. Deepika Sood, Mr Arunish Sharma and Ms. Sradha Srivastav were the resource persons from the Saksham Trust. They made a presentation and enlighten on how the various technologies have revolutionized the visually challenged. Highlighting about the Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY), a technology which covers different person’s visibility, can navigate chapter by chapter and pages by pages and is not voluminous and is portable in size, they informed.
The programme also witnessed the felicitation of Ms. Druapadi Ghimirey, President of the Sikkim Viklang Sahayata Samiti and also a Florence Nightingale Awardee by the Chief Guest and a visual presentation on activities of NAB Sikkim by Mr Lhawang Tshering Lepcha.
Earlier, Mrs Jaishree Pradhan, President NAB Sikkim in her welcome address mentioned that the workshop was organized mainly to get to know the development of new technologies for visually challenged which has enter in the present world. Elaborating on NAB Sikkim, she stated that NAB believes in imparting education whereby the Government and Private Institutions are providing support in running the schools. She also felt the need of such sensitization programme in district as well.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Mr Rajesh Verma, Vice President NAB.