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Frederick FN Noronha on Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:04:14 +0200 (CEST)


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Frederick FN Noronha wrote:

     Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah (DemocracyNow)
     Raspberry Pi + young Indian tech skills + Python = a teacher to let
     Braille, Project Mudra, screen readers, digital texts, Daisy, NVDA,

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Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 04:32:01 +0530
Subject: Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah (DemocracyNow)

Exclusive: Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah
on Prison, Regime's "War on a Whole Generation"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0EQPa30Ef8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLvA4Iaaiko
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9V0Y94ZPJA
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Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 01:56:35 +0530
Subject: Raspberry Pi + young Indian tech skills + Python = a teacher to let

Sanskriti Dhawle (culture.dawle at gmail.com) and Aman Srivastav are going
places. Literally. These 20-year-old second-year techology students at the
BITS-Goa campus are headed for PyCon 2014 in Montreal this April (2014),
the international Python developers' conference.

Their project is innvative. They created Project Mudra -- a Braille
dicta-teacher "which makes it very simple to learn the ABC in Braille".
It's based on Raspberry Pi -- the credit-card-sized single-board computer
developed in the UK with the intention of promoting the teaching of basic
computer science in schools. Here, they explain what they've done and how
they plan to take their work forward.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veOJk89LPPU&feature=youtu.be
http://www.projectmudra.com/
http://yourstory.com/2014/02/braille-learning-device/

If you could put them in touch with someone interesting who might
appreciate their innovation (or give them a word of encouragement), please
do! FN
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Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:54:36 +0530
Subject: Braille, Project Mudra, screen readers, digital texts, Daisy, NVDA,

Dear all: Just sharing with you an interesting discussion (via
BytesForAll), a response to the interview below. Please help to take this
forward if you know anyone who has the skills and inclination needed! FN


PS: Trust Pranesh won't mind me sharing it...

From: Pranesh Prakash <pranesh {AT} cis-india.org> Organization: Centre for
Internet and Society Dear Sanskriti,

I watched FN's interview with you and Aman with great interest, and thought
I should introduce myself and my colleague Nirmita to you. I work with the
Centre for Internet and Society, a Bangalore-based non-profit that works,
amongst other areas, on issues of accessibility for persons with
disabilities.

My colleague Nirmita (who herself if blind) heads that work. I think
Project Mudra is fascinating, and wish to thank you for doing such
important work on Braille literacy, and also wish to congratulate you and
Aman on your PyCon debut.

I wished to introduce the both of you to an important aspect of literacy
for many visually impaired persons: screen readers. While some VIPs still
prefer reading digital texts through refreshable Braille displays (Scott
LeBarre, a friend who's the lawyer for the National Association for the
Blind in the US, comes to mind), many prefer using screen reader
(text-to-speech) technology to read digital texts.

Most find it faster to use screen readers than to read Braille. Further,
most printed Braille books are bulky, and so digital texts (especially in
formats like Diasy) are often seen as the future of accessible literature.

My colleague Nirmita is leading a project at CIS in which we are working on
fixing bugs in NVDA -- a free/open source screen reader written in Python
-- and making it work with Indian languages. Do let us know if you want to
know more about it. Once again, congratulations and my sincerest thanks.

Regards, Pranesh Pranesh
Prakash Policy Director,
Centre for Internet and Society
T: +91 80 40926283 | W: http://cis-india.org
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Access to Knowledge Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale Law School M:
+1 520 314 7147 | W: http://yaleisp.org PGP ID: 0x1D5C5F07 | Twitter:
https://twitter.com/pranesh_prakash


Raspberry Pi + young Indian tech skills + Python = a teacher to let you
learn Braille. Painlessly!

Sanskriti Dhawle (culture.dawle at gmail.com) and Aman Srivastav are going
places. Literally. These 20-year-old second-year techology students at the
BITS-Goa campus are headed for PyCon 2014 in Montreal this April (2014),
the international Python developers' conference. Their project is indeed
innvative. They created Project Mudra -- a Braille dicta-teacher "which
makes it very simple to learn the ABC in Braille". It's based on Raspberry
Pi -- the credit-card-sized single-board computer developed in the UK with
the intention of promoting the teaching of basic computer science in
schools. Here, they explain what they've done and how they plan to take
their work forward..... (Their story made it to yourstory.in Read here:
http://yourstory.com/2014/02/braille-...<http://yourstory.com/2014/02/braille-learning-device/>)

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