Presentation on ‘The world initiative for the blind'

The Tamil Nadu Industrial Investment Corporation will assist any entrepreneur who will manufacture devices that support persons with disability, Chief Secretary K.S. Sripathi said here on Sunday.

Speaking at a presentation on ‘The world initiative for the blind,' here, he said: “The government has announced schemes that provide technological support to the disabled in this budget. We will definitely welcome entrepreneurs if they come forward.” The presentation was by public charitable trust Vidya Vrikshah, Worth Trust, the International Institute of Social Entrepreneurs and the Rotary Club of East R.A.Puram.

Chairman of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, M. Anandakrishnan stressed the need for hardware-related content development by such entrepreneurs for helping persons with disability.

The Rotary Club of East R.A.Puram would distribute 1,000 more universal Braille kits to visually impaired children shortly.

“It is a social responsibility to bring literacy and education for the blind,” said K.V.S. Gopalakrishnan, managing trustee of Vidya Vrikshah.

Mainstream schools are unwilling to admit visually impaired students as they do not have the skills or equipment to teach them, said N. Krishnaswamy, chairman of Vidya Vrikshah.

Mentioning that over 10 million in India, according to the 2001 Census, were visually challenged, he said that many such children also could not come to school for reasons of safety, distance and expense.

“If they cannot come to school, we should go to them and educate them,” said Mr. Krishnaswamy.

At the function, Mr. Sripathi inaugurated the first mobile blind school in Vellore district as part of the initiative. Madurai and Cuddalore would get similar facilities soon.