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iPhone and iPad applications that I love

While ago, I wrote about social networks and how they are useful and this time, I thought to share my experience with a few iApplications. Why do I say iApplications? Because, this post will be about a few applications that are used on iDevices and in particular on iPhone. One of the things I must mention that most of the services are accessible as apps than their web pages. Mostt of them work well with in=built use of access options like Voiceover etc. Finance: This is one app I use almost on daily basis. This is a pretty neat app…

How the visually impaired can use a computer?

Thanks to NASSCOM Foundation for publishing my below article. Most often, people have a question – can a blind person use a computer? If so, do they need a special keyboard or a special computer? Before answering this question, let me take an example of a typist who never looks at the keyboard but can type with speed and accuracy. How is it possible? Practice! Yes, it’s the same in case of people with vision impairment. They just need to be trained. They do not require a special computer – all that they need is assistive technologies. Firstly, let us…

Thousands of Websites; all are citizen centric; but are they accessible to all citizens – a review

Reproduced from CIS Accessibility Blog Thanks CIS for the opportunity. Today, there are about 7800 Central and state government websites hosted by the National Informatics Centre (NIC). They are all certainly citizen centric – whether it is the Ministry of Finance, banks, the passport authority, educational board, transport, consumer affairs, or the most important website that generates revenue for the government – the Income Tax Department. However, the question which we need to ask is whether these websites are up-to-date and accessible to everyone? Internet is often more useful to people who are elderly and for people having disabilities. What…

Travel Tips for people with vision impairment

I often read in some mailing lists about need of escort for visually impaired travelers. While that’s true that having an escort would be helpful for people with vision impaired, I have also seen several visually impaired traveling alone, busy attending conferences. So wanted to collect trips and tricks for people with vision impaired as to how they could travel independently. Am collecting tips through several mailing lists and social networks, will share the responses that are appropriate here. If you are a person with vision impairment and a frequent traveler, please do add a comment. That will not be…

Solutions for people with low vision

Early 2010, I have contributed to Accessibility Knowledge Series by BarrierBreak Technologies and thought, now I should quote that here and add some more tips. Much often, we attend meetings and conferences; Today, mostly every speaker uses Power Point Slides to express what they will have to say. Although they speak most of the time, there would be some important content / pictures that convey information more than the talk. Telescope or hand held magnifiers would be of immense help for people who are partially sighted to get access to these presentations. Telescopes come in variety of ranges such as…

What makes us to build a successful career?

I often see people talking a lot about how frustrated they are with current job even they have just started with a job. But at the end of the day, they really work to the extent that they need to, then I wonder, why they should stress to themselves for thinking about all discomforts. In fact, that time could be spent with a thought process of how they could professionally grow in their life. I have been in the industry for about 11+ years now and I thought, I could pen some of my personal experiences on how one can…

Thyagaraja Aradhana 24th January

Today is one of the days one who loves and cares for music should remember. Today the 24th January is Aradhana of Shri. Thyagaraja. Some lines from Wikipedia about Aradhana: The Aradhana in its present format is not even a hundred years old. Thyagaraja died in 1847. A few days before his death, he had renounced everything and had become a sanyasi. When he passed on, his mortal remains were buried on the banks of the river Kaveri and a small memorial was built at the spot. His disciples returned to their respective villages and observed his death anniversary at…

Memories with my teachers

September 5th is a day I celebrate most as it gives me an opportunity to acknowledge all my teachers who have been responsible for the life that I am leading today. Firstly, let me share some of my memories as to how we used celebrate teacher’s day during school days. While I was studying at ZP High School, Injaram, we used to have a simple function to facilitate our teachers and other Gurus in our village. Some of the teachers who taught us right from 1st class through 8th class are Shri. Poolla Kameshwara Rao, Shri. T Vanamayya, Shri. Vellanki…

Using appropriate elements in blog posts

Most often, I see blog posts where blogs without use of appropriate elements such as headings, tables etc. So thought let me write some tips that one should consider while writing a blog post. Never copy and paste from a word processing document or internet page Use appropriate heading structure if your post has sub sections; for instance, ideally, your post name would be heading level 1 and uses <h1> so next level heading would be <h2> and next level to <h2> would be <h3> and so on. If you insert an informative image; don’t forget to add text description…

How to grab a career opportunity?

This article is generic but also, include tips for people with disabilities. A few years back, for people with disabilities, it was a big challenge to get an employment in spite having extreme qualifications and that was just due to lack of awareness. Employers were not sure, what kind of jobs they could offer to people with disabilities and not sure, if they had to make any modifications in work place and rules. Also, there were not many people with disabilities of such kind with good education. But today, thanks to the advancement of technology, the scenario is almost changed…