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Visually-impaired students call lack of Braille script in SLC unfair
Visually-impaired students appearing in School Leaving Certificate (SLC) 
exams have complained of inconvenience while writing answers in lack of 
Braille script.According to the Office of the Controller of Examinations 
(OCE), blind students can get an assistant writer but the writing helps 
are not allowed to draw figures and diagrams even in subjects such as 
Science, Social Studies, and Environment, Health and Population.
  There is no system of taking exams using Braile script in SLC exam 
although courses taught in Braille at some schools."I am sorely 
disappointed as I have to skip questions that involve drawing maps and 
figures. This will surely decrease my marks and percentage in the SLC 
result," said Anamika Chaudhary, of Laborotary School in Kirtipur of 

SMU-SIS students develop mobile app for the visually impaired in Singapore

Wilmington Public Library and DVI are creating a 3D map for the visually 
About this time last year, folks from the
Division for the Visually Impaired (DVI)
and the
Wilmington Public Library
were in talks about possible projects to help the community’s visually 
They had a eureka moment after
Derek Alexander
, DVI’s entrepreneurial specialist and business consultant on 
employment, helped a visually impaired woman working in an 
administrative position by making her a tactile map of a desktop phone. 
With it, she knew how to use the phone more easily.
Alexander and
Carl Shaw
, the library’s inspiration space coordinator (that means he’s in charge 
of providing outreach and career development resources), talked about 
similarly using 3D printing to make downtown Wilmington more navigable.

3D printer creates braille maps for visually impaired
Rutgers University have created a Braille map from a 3D printer for 
visually impaired people to easily navigate their surroundings. 
Describing the map the professors said that the maps are a form of GPS 
for the blind and visually impaired.

Twitter wants its users who have visual impairments to become more 
involved with user images, which have become very common with tweets, in 
a way like they never could before.

People who use screen readers or assistive technology to read Twitter 
will be able to read images to “see” what the image is. According to 
Tech News Today, users who upload photos to Twitter along with their 
tweets will have the option of adding descriptive information about 
those images using alternative text, or “alt text.”



Twitter Makes Photos Accessible to the Visually Impaired
Once enabled, when you compose a tweet with an image, a button will 
appear in the lower left corner of the image that says 'Add 
description.' Tapping on that button allows you to add a description of 
up to 420 characters – three times the normal length of a tweet. Unlike 
some recent innovations at Twitter, photo descriptions will be available 
as part of Twitter's REST API and Twitter Cards, which means third-party 
developers can add the feature to their own Twitter clients too.
Twitter should be commended for what is an important, and I think will 
prove to be a popular, feature. Not only does it bring photography to 
the visually impaired, but it also brings text shots, which have been 
widely used to get around Twitter's 140-character limit, but criticized 
for being inaccessible, to a wider audience 
Here's a short video I made with a text shot of one of my recent reviews:

Cheil Hong Kong and Samsung extend campaign which turns photographs into 
Cheil Hong Kong and Samsung are extending a social media drive which 
turns photographs into braille and enables the visually impaired to 
share views of the Hong Kong skyline.
Cheil Hong Kong creates Samsung #BeTheirEyes translating social photos 
into printed braille

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