Insight programme for differently abled to be extended across Kerala

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Tvm: Insight, an initiative of the Kerala Government, aimed at empowering the differently abled – through computers, Internet and other Information & Communication Technology (ICT) tools, will soon be extended throughout the State. Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy gave a directive to this effect at the review meeting of Insight held on September 07, 2011. The meeting was attended by Industries & IT Minister, Shri P K Kunhalikutty and A Shajahan IAS, Director, KSTIM.

The Kerala State IT Mission (KSITM) has been asked to prepare a project report for the state-wide implementation of the scheme. Insight is a joint initiative of KSITM and SPACE (Society for Promotion of Alternative Computing and Employment). KSITM provides the financial support for the project and SPACE provides the technical and managerial assistance.

Insight aims to find solutions to the problems faced by the visually challenged and the differently abled, with the help of ICT. The main objective of Insight is to make them self reliant by imparting training based on Free Software (FOSS). The project was initiated as part of the ICT Policy 2007 which aims to convert Kerala into an Inclusive Knowledge Society. Using the possibilities offered by ICT, Insight makes differently abled people active participants in the Knowledge society. In order to achieve its aim, Insight is developing technology, providing training and sharing knowledge.

Insight has a resource centre for the visually challenged at Thiruvananthapuram. It also imparts computer training and develops devices to aid autistic children. Insight releases a bimonthly audio magazine ‘Swaram’ for the visually challenged, which is probably the first of its kind in India.

Kerala IT News

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