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Samsung Good Vibes is a two-way communication app that allows the deafblind to send and receive messages with friends, family or anybody else through their smartphones. It translates Morse Code input into text or voice and vice versa.
An app with two interfaces.
For the Deafblind
A deafblind person can send a message from the app by tapping on the screen using Morse Code—where all letters of the English alphabet are combinations of dots and dashes. The letters can be input as short tap for a dot and long press for a dash.

Likewise, incoming messages can be understood as vibrations by the deafblind, where small vibration means a dot and long vibration means a dash.
For people with normal sight and hearing
Anyone can send a message, by typing or speaking. It has a standard chat/voice interface that delivers the message to the deafblind person as Morse Code vibrations.
Samsung India Good Vibes App: Caring for the impossible
Without the ability to see, hear or speak, the deafblind can’t express themselves. This is the challenge faced by lakhs of deafblind people in India. Samsung presents Good Vibes, a two-way communication app that enables them to communicate with family, friends or anyone else through their smartphones.
How it works
To get a detailed overview on how to use the app – Download User Manual

To learn more about Morse Code – Download the Guide

Download the App
Galaxy Store

FAQ
Who are the deafblind?
Deafblind is a term that is used when a person has a combination of impaired vision, hearing and speech.

What is Samsung Good Vibes App?
Samsung Good Vibes is a two-way communication app for the deafblind. It allows the deafblind to communicate with friends, family or anyone else through their smartphone. It translates Morse Code input into text or voice and vice versa.

What is Morse Code?
Morse Code is a detailed system of dots, dashes, and spaces used to represent numbers, punctuation, and letters of the alphabet. It is used both as a code and a way to communicate without the ability or need to use actual characters.

How Samsung Good Vibes app works?
Samsung Good Vibes uses the vibrations of a smartphone. Through Morse Code, a language almost as old as Braille, the app lets the deafblind feel the vibrations, one letter at a time.

Who is this Samsung Good Vibes app for?
The app is for the deafblind. These are people who can’t see, hear or speak. They can only navigate the world through their sense of touch.

How do the deafblind contact anyone in case of an emergency?
The Samsung Good Vibes app comes with an SOS feature that is activated by shaking the phone 5 times. This dials the emergency contact number.

Can the deafblind use Samsung Good Vibes in any other language?
The app uses Morse Code which is converted from the letters of the English alphabet. Basic knowledge of the alphabet is required for using the app.

How can a deafblind person learn to use the app?
There is a section of the app to learn and practice Morse Code. With every alphabet, the corresponding vibration starts playing in this section. 
To know more please refer to the User Manual.

How can a deafblind person open the app after the phone is turned on?
The Samsung Good Vibes app has an ‘Always On’ setting. Once the app is installed in Deafblind mode, the setting allows the app to automatically open on the phone of the deafblind even after a restart. To know more please refer to the User Manual.

How do the deafblind choose a message recipient?
The deafblind have to simply input the short name of the recipient in the first message to them and send. To know more please refer to the User Manual.

Can the Deafblind use the Samsung Good Vibes app by themselves?
The initial download and registration is required to be done by the caregiver. Once the contacts have been added, the deafblind can use the app on their own.

How do we choose the deafblind interface?
After the registration, the user gets to choose the interface. 
Please refer to the user manual for details.

What if I add a contact who doesn’t have the Samsung Good Vibes app?
If a contact is added and they don’t have the Samsung Good Vibes app, then an SMS goes to the contact prompting them to download it.

How does the deafblind person know who is sending the message?
The name of the sender comes before the first message sent by them. 
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Divya Nayan is a reading machine for visually impaired or illiterate person where any printed or digital document can be accessed in the form of speech output.
The device uses a contact line scanner for acquiring the image of a printed document. User manually scans the document by placing the device on printed document without knowing the direction of text flow, moving the device over the document to be read.

It uses optical character recognition technique to convert the image into text and a text to speech converter further converts the text into audio. Audio files are organized in the machine and can be listened back.

The device is standalone, portable, completely wireless and IoT enabled. It can analyze a multicolumn document to provide seamless reading and is capable of page, text, and word level navigation while reading. Currently the device supports Hindi and English but can be further configured to other Indian and foreign languages.

It is equipped with user inter-faces such as internal speaker, rechargeable battery, USB, headphones, SD card, Wi-Fi and bluetooth 

Features
Wireless & Portable – The device is standalone, portable, completely wireless and IoT enabled.
Multi-functional – Read printed, e-books, e-news, recording and reading speech.
Multi-language – Currently supports Hindi and English documents reading in Indian accent.
Online Processing – Document: Batch Processing Organisation
Document Storage – Sync Document
Device Demonstration & Trials
Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, Chandigarh.
Patiala School for the Blind.
Navchetna – A Charitable Institute for the Blind, Patiala
Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh
Composite Regional Centre(CRC) for Persons with Disabilities, Lucknow
Convention of Blind Empowerment 2017-18 Organized by Recording Club Whatsapp Group held at Udaipur, Rajasthan
Department of Community Education and Disability Studies, Punjab University, Chandigarh Read More Link opens up in New Tab or Window
The difference in employment rates between disabled and non-disabled workers stands at about 30 percentage points. This has barely changed in ten years and it is a stain on the conscience of the nation Read More
The RTI reply from the Ministry also stated that the certified reports of the erstwhile fund and the old fund were available but cannot be released as they are voluminous and that they can be seen in the office. Read More
In a bid to keep young people with disabilities out of aged care facilities, an organisation in Melbourne has launched a new type of portable house. Read More
Some new emojis - including a wheelchair user, people with walking sticks and a hearing aid - have been revealed Read More
Living with disability can be a hard thing to deal with. Here are tips to help you cop with person disability at workplace
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Against over 61 lakh applications, only about 19 lakh cards have been generated according to the UDID website. According to the 2011 census, which happened before the expansion in the definition of disability, there were 2.7 crore disabled Read More

ALFAA, Autism Society of India and Manushyaa Blossom organize the exclusive workshop to Help Improve The Symptoms Of AUTISM and other CHRONIC diseases using Siddha-based nano bio medicines.

Key Persons

Prof Guna Magesan, Director, International Operations.
He was the Vice Chancellor of Institute of Advanced Research

Shri Kaviarasu Balakrishnan, Managing Director
He has discovered more than 50 nano bio materials and synthesized more than 15 nano compounds.

Manushyaa blossom’s currently focuses on the following conditions

  • Autism & Epilepsy
  • Liver disorders
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Lung disorder
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Manhood problems (eg.ED) and women related issues
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes

Date & Venue

DATE: Wednesday, 3rd July 2019 TIME: 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

VENUE Assisted Living for Autistic Adults (ALFAA) Centre

ADDRESS No 9, Omega Avenue, Mathrushree Layout,
Maragondanahalli Main Road KR Puram, Bangalore.

Registration

RS. 200 FOR ASI MEMBERS
RS. 250 FOR ALL OTHERS

Notes

ASI OR ALFAA DOES NOT endorse any TREATMENT OR THERAPY, PARENTS ARE TO MAKE THEIR OWN Independent DECISION

Contact

For more information, please contact 
Ruby Singh +91 9741 41 8103

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For disabled in Delhi, metro is only accessible transport. It must be made free. Delhi’s deputy chief minister travelled in a local bus to ask women about the free metro and bus transport facilities. Read More
Tuesday 25 June, UK
Consultations will be launched on helping employers meet the needs of those with disabilities.
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A British climber has become the first blind  person to lead climb the 450-foot high Old Man of Hoy, on the Orkney Islands.

Jesse Dufton, a GB para climber, made history when he topped the towering sandstone column after a seven-hour feat placing protective equipment and clipping his rope to it as he climbed.

Accompanied by his sighted climbing partner, Molly Thompson, the pair scaled the iconic East Face Route, which was the line first climbed by Sir Chris Bonnington in 1966.

A radio link meant that Ms Thompson could offer directions to holds, but as she was belaying him from below most of the climb he was having to operate largely by touch.

"I did it," Mr Dufton said. “I led all 6 pitches placing my own gear, feeling my way up."
 

This is the most adventurous hard trad rock route I’ve done - it was truly epic.”

The pair scaled the iconic East Face Route, which was the line first climbed by Sir Chris Bonington in 1966 

While the landmark has previously been climbed by other blind climbers, they have followed after a sighted partner who has already placed the rope and protection gear.
 

Trad - "traditional" - climbs do not have fixed bolts drilled into the rock where ropes can be attached, typically because the geology is too soft or it is a protected landmark.

Instead climbers secure themselves with an assortment of metal "nuts" which drop into cracks and jam in place, or camming devices, which can be placed in flared gaps and expand when the weight of a falling climber is applied.

Due to weather limitations the attempt could not be made until the day the team had planned to leave Hoy. 
 

But once the weather changed they had to walk for over an hour from the campsite, and then ascend the steep, slippery cliffs to the base of the stack. 

This 300m section alone took approximately one-and-a-half hours and the pair didn’t start climbing until 3pm.

Even with the long days at the Orkney latitude, the amount of daylight remaining was a worry as Mr Dufton had to painstakingly find secure handholds and suitable places for protection that would hold his fall.

The ascent marks the culmination of a joint project between Jesse and director Alastair Lee, who is making a film about the blind climber to form part of the 2019 Brit Rock Film Tour.

For the ascent of the Old Man of Hoy, Alastair climbed a pitch ahead to film Jesse from the route itself, alongside supporting cameras on the mainland and in the air via a drone.
 

Mr Lee said: “I’ve never seen him searching around for holds so much, holding himself in strenuous positions as the obvious footholds sat quietly unused and all the sand on the holds.

“It must have felt pretty insecure to say the least.

“But on he battled, and what a glorious ascent it was - staggering.”

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Disability inclusion is not only a fundamental human right, it is “central to the promise” of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the annual conference on the Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which began on Tuesday.

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Oklahoma! actress Ali Stroker has become the first wheelchair user to be nominated for, and win, a Tony Award.

She won best featured actress for her role as Ado Annie in the Broadway play.

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Universo Santi in the southern Spanish city of Jerez is dedicated to helping people with disabilities join the mainstream workforce Read More

CHENNAI: The city will soon get a Metropolitan Transport Corporation bus with a foldable ramp to help disabled passengers board and get off the vehicle. This is a first in south India.
A team comprising top officials of the MTC and the state department for welfare of differently abled will inspect bus at Chrompet on Friday.



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The workshop also focused on practical demonstration of tools used for training mothers and yoga as a medium for stress relief. Of the 27 million cases of people with disability, two per cent are reported among children below five years. Read More Link opens up in New Tab or Window
The Leprosy Mission Regional Vocational Training Center! Read More
Guidelines regarding Persons with Disabilities using the service of a scribe

Telangana State Integrated Common Entrance Test for MBA and MCA.

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Very Great! I have been learning for new words, sentence and moral etc due to lack of English communication in past time which is useful a lot for me. I am very interesting to be read it. Thank you so much giving us to be learnt useful DEF-ISL!

– Sonu Sunny

Contact Details

Deaf EnAbled Foundation
th Floor, 605 & 606, Navketan Complex,
S D. Road, Secunderabad, Telangana – 500 003
Mobile +91 97033 81112
Email: info@def.org.in

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National Seminar on “Role of Young and Adolescent Girls with Disabilities in National Integration of India” organized by Society for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies In collaboration with Human Rights and Disability Studies Programmes, School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi

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ROFESSION TAX EXEMPTION
COMPANY CASES (STATUTE)
Tamil Nadu Tax on Professions, Trades Callings and Employments Act.1991 (Act No.24 of 1992)
Received the assent of the Governor on 12th June 1992)

Profession Tax Exemptions for Persons with Disabilities (Tamil Nadu)

Extract

Exemption:- Nothing contained in this Act shall apply to

  • (a) The members of the armed forces of the union serving in any part of this State, that is to say, to whom the provisions of the Army Act, 1950 (Central Act 46 of 1950), the Air Force Act.1950 Central Act 45 of 1950) or the Navy Act, 1957 (Central Act 62 of 1957) applies;
  • (b)Physically disabled persons with total disability in one or both the hands or legs, spastics totally dumb or deaf persons or totally blind persons.

Provided that such physical disability shall be duly certified by a registered medical practitioner
in the service of the State Government not below the rank of a Civil Surgeon.

References and Downloads

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Introductory camp on Wheelchair Basketball

Event Date: 3th March, 2019 09.30am 4th March, 2019 – 12.30pm.
Venue : Labon Sports Club, Indoor sports stadium, Labon Sports Club , Shillong , Meghalaya India

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Introductory camp on Wheelchair Basketball

Event Date: th March, 2019 09.30am th March, 2019 – 12.30pm.
Venue : Mount Litera Zee School, Behind Hotel Uday Residency, kichha bye pass, road- 263153, Rudrapur , Uttarakhand India
 

Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India, WBFI is happy to announce our new camp at Uttarakhand State. This WCBB introductory camp will be in partnership with Star Health and Allied Insurance Co Ltd at Mount Litra Zee School, Rudrapur, Uttarakhand, March 6 and 7, 2019. Mount Litra Zee school and Disability sports society are our other partners. We are expecting 25 players out of which 8 will be women.

Contact
email : wbfiindia@gmail.com | rajaraman.kalyani@gmail.com
Phone : 9841098056 / 9841609601.

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Guidelines for conducting written examination for persons with Benchmark disabilities

References :
1. O.M. No. 34-02/2015-DD.III dated 29.08.2018 ( Dept. Empowerment of Persons with disabilities) dated 14.01.2019
2. F.No. 6-2/2013(SCT) 21-02-2019

Para XII on page 3 of above guidelines may be substituted with the following :

UGC Extra Benefits for Women with Disabilities - Written Exam Compensatory Time for persons with disabilities - UGCThe word “extra time or additional time” that is being currently used should be changed to “compensatory time” and the same should bot be less than 20 minutes per hour of examination for persons who are allowed use of scribe / reader / lab assistant.

All the candidates with benchmark disabilities who are eligible for availing the facility of scribe in terms of guidelines IV may be allowed addition time of minimum of one hour for examination of 3 hours duration whether they use the facility of scribe or not.

In case the duration of the examination is less than an hour, then the duration of additional time should be allowed on pro-rata basis. Additional time should not the less than 5 minutes and should be in the multiple of 5.

Download : UGC notification (PDF, 128KB)

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Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) and Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University (RKMVU), Coimbatore are conducting a Certificate Course on Pre-employability Skills for Persons with Disabilities (Hearing and speech impairments and Locomotor Impairments). It is a Free course with accommodation. The only cost would be your travel to Coimbatore if you are from another town / city. The course is from March 2017 to May 2017 with intermediate break for Holidays. This course will be useful for your preparation towards Banking and other Government examinations as you are taught language and written communication skills as well as computers operations, if required. Please find below in the link a PDF file with more details on this course Read More
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3 Km Marathon was organised by Cheshire Homes Bengaluru as an awareness programme on abilities of persons with disabilities on World Disability Day, December 3rd, 2016 Read More

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Visual documentation of the Best practices of ‘Access to Livelihoods’ programme for persons with Disabilities in Asia– Leonard Cheshire Disability’s flagship programme being implemented in 5 countries is Asia and South Africa with strategic partnership from Accenture.  Read More

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SAP Labs India and the Indian School of Business (ISB), have entered into a collaboration to nurture startups in the social enterprise space with relevance to national priorities as Jumpstart Social Enterprise (JSE) Read More

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Hi Tech Training Centre for persons with disabilities for traning on computers and other employment tools was inagurated today with the support of Coimbatore Metropolitan Round Table and Ladies Circle, Coimbatore on 18th April 2016. Read More
Special Recruitment Drive for Persons with Disabilty (PWD)-2015 at Hindustan Copper Limited (A Govt. of India Enterprise) .. A Link through website (www.hindustancopper.com) for online submission of application shall be open from  12.11.2015 to 05.12.2015. Thus, the closing date for online submission of application shall be 05.12.2015
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Soulful prayer and cultural show by people with disabilities marked the 50th anniversary celebration of Cheshire Homes India’s Mangaluru unit on Sunday. Read More

The Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment on Thursday launched Accessible India campaign to make public buildings, public transportation, signage accessible to Persons with Disabilities.

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NTPC is launching Special Recruitment Drive for Persons with Disabilities in the area of Operation & Maintenance (O&M), Civil Construction & Finance at the levels of E1/E2/E3 levels for its Projects/ Stations Read More
An online beneficiaries registration system, ‘On-line On-Site’, was launched  to ensure transparency in schemes implemented by the ministry to provide assistive aids Persons with Disabilities.

Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot, who inaugurated a mega camp for free of cost distribution of Assistive Aids and Appliances to  Persons with Disabilities under the ADIP scheme at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, said that this registration system will help in saving time.

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V-sesh assisting job seekers by providing information about jobs and offering skill development programmes that are aligned with employer’s requirements.. The organization is conducting employability training in Bangaluru next week. Read More
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Shri Gehlot said that the National Action Plan is a partnership between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disability for skilling 2.5 million Person with Disability (PwD) over seven years.

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