[Art_beyond_sight_educators] engineering college, artists

Lisa Yayla fnugg at online.no
Tue Jul 19 08:08:16 UTC 2011

Buffalo Narrows artist going blind, but not stopping

New Developments May Give Online Advertising for the Disabled a Boost
It is not as though such technology is unavailable: a decade ago Amazon 
rolled out Amazon Access <http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/h.html>, which 
gives the blind access to its ecommerce site. More recently, Italian 
flag-carrier Alitalia introduced an on-board safety card written 
specifically for sight-impaired passengers. It includes 
three-dimensional relief illustrations, as well as instructions in 
Braille symbols. (via 
Flight Global).

  Special engineering college for visually challenged

PTIJul 13, 2011, 04.06pm IST

HYDERABAD: In a novel initiative that will help visually challenged 
students, the city-based 'Devnar Foundation for the Blind' is planning 
to start an exclusive engineering college for them.

Despite being visually-impaired, many students are highly motivated to 
pursue engineering courses and there are several success stories, A 
Saibaba Goud, Devnar Foundation's Managing Trustee, told PTI here today.

"Some of our children are highly motivated to follow engineering 
courses. One of our students is employed in a multi-national company and 
four others are studying B Tech in different colleges recognised by the 
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU)," Goud, a recipient of 
Padma Shri and several other awards, said.


Vision impaired shown the artist within

Although she's lost most of her sight, Cathy Gardner's eyes still sparkle.

The Hemet woman is completely blind in her left eye and has little sight 
in her right, but as the 58-year-old holds a pink ceramic rose she made 
and painted herself, she marvels at the feeling of belonging she's found 
in a classroom of blind or visually impaired students who meet weekly to 
create art.

The students' work comes with the help of a team of volunteers at the 
weekly art class at the Braille Institute in Rancho Mirage.


Famous Blind and Sight Impaired People:
James Thurber - (December 8, 1894-November 2, 1961) James Thurber was a 
comedian and cartoonist most known for his contributions to New Yorker 
Magazine. While playing with his brothers William and Robert, William 
shot him in the eye with and arrow while playing a game of William Tell 
making him almost completely blind after the loss of an eye. At school 
James could not play sports with his friends due to this accident so he 
decided to work on his creative mind, putting his skills in writing.

Claude Monet - also known as Oscar-Claude Monet or Claude Oscar Monet 
(November 14, 1840 - December 5, 1926) was a founder of French 
impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific 
practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's 
perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape 
painting. The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his 
painting Impression, Sunrise. His popularity and fame grew. By 1907 he 
had painted many well-known paintings, but by then he had his first 
problem with his eyesight. He started to go blind. He still painted, 
though his eyes got worse. He wouldn't stop painting until he was nearly 
blind. In the last decade of his life Monet, nearly blind, painted a 
group of large water lily murals (Nympheas) for the Musee de l'Orangerie 
in Paris.

Esref Armagan - (born 1953) Esref is a blind painter of Turkish origin. 
Mr. Armagan is an important figure in the history of picture-making, and 
in the history of knowledge. His work is remarkable. He has demonstrated 
for the first time that a blind person can develop on his or her own 
pictorial skills the equal of most depiction by the sighted. This has 
not happened before in the history of picture-making. He was born blind 
to a poor family in Turkey, and has been drawing or painting since 
childhood. He has had exhibitions in Turkey and in Holland and the Czech 
Republic. In 2004, he was the subject of a study of human perception, 
conducted by the psychologist John Kennedy of University of Toronto.

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