7 Visually Impaired Students of the Avinashilingam University for Women gets Laptops

7 Visually Impaired Students of the Avinashilingam University for Women gets Laptops

Seven visually impaired students of the Avinashilingam University for Women here will be getting laptops on May 5.

In an attempt to empower them, the You and the Disabled. (UDIS) Forum has selected 12 students from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala and will present them laptops with the assistance from Marga-Schulze Foundation.

Of the 12 selected, seven are from the varsity here. Anjum Khan, a visually impaired girl of the varsity here, topped the assessment test.

They are already using desktop computers fitted with a software called Job Access With Speech QAWS which is basically a voice interface.

“The computer will speak out the word that they type in and it is useful for visually impaired persons,” pointed out Victoria Baomi, Lecturer, Special Education Department, Avinashilingam University.

Anjum Khan (21), a first year MA student in English Literature, aspires to become a teacher. A state topper in class 10 and 12 among visually impaired students, she scored 77 percent in BA Literature.

After completing MA, she wants to do MPhil and also Ph.D. This apart, she is also planning to appear for Civil Services Examination this year.
Anjum’s favourite author is Thomas Hardy. “I like the way he portrays the rustic life. He writes in a poetic way and I enjoy reading his novels,” she said.

As a member of Royal National Institute for Blind (RNIB), London, she subscribes books from their library.

“I have so far received 10 novels from RNIB and I have read Ernest Hemingway, Danielle Steel and DH Lawrence,” she said.

A native of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, Anjum lost her eyesight when she contracted measles at the age of five. “”Due to lack of proper treatment, I lost my vision,” she said.

She, along with her parents, settled down in Tamil Nadu 15 years back. Her father works in a factory at Madukkarai.

Despite her disability, Anjum is an enterprising girl and has been doing her regular duties independently in the college hostel.

“I have lot of friends in the hostel and they help me when necessary,” she said.

This award of laptop meant a lot to her because she felt she could be more independent.

“With the help of laptop, I will be able to take running notes in class. With Braille, it is tiresome and we need to be really quick in jotting down the notes,” she pointed out.

Apart from taking notes / which she considered the most important use of the laptop, she noted that she can download books and read it in the laptop. The books and study materials can also be scanned and stored in the computer and can be read by her at leisure. The laptop can also be used to prepare power point presentation and she can present it at seminars.

Twelve girls shortlisted:

  • Anjum Khan (Avinashilingam University for Women)
  • Farhana (Jothinivas College, Bangalore)
  • Misha Vincent (St. Xaviers College for Women, Kerala)
  • Maheswari (Avinashilingam University for Women)
  • Nalayiram (Avinashilingam University for Women)
  • Anusha Meenakshi College for Women, Chennai)
  • Kmil Fernando (Avinashilingam University for Women)
  • K Baby (Avinashilingam University for Women)
  • Sudhana (Meenakshi College for Women, Chennai)
  • Ponmari (Avinashilingam University for Women)
  • Tamaraiselvi (Avinashilingam University for Women)
  • Antony Selvi (Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai).