YPSA’s ICT & Resource Center on Disability (IRCD) arranged Digital Talking Books handover and Android phone distribution ceremony at the University of Chittagong on March 6, 2016. Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chittagong Professor Dr Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury was present as chief guest and Prof. Dr. Mohammed Kamrul Huda, Registrar, University of Chittagong was special gust in the program. Key speaker was Vashkar Bhattacharjee, Head of YPSA IRCD and National Consultant ( Web Accessibility) at A2i Program of the Prime Minister’s Office of Bangladesh while Md. Arifur Rahman, Chief Executive of YPSA moderated the program.
Md. Arifur Rahman handed over 132 Digital Talking Books (CD) to honorable Vice-Chancellor of CU. These talking books were produced by IRCD team, in accessible format for the visually impaired students. Nine visually impaired students of University of Chittagong have been given android mobile from YPSA IRCD.
YPSA with the collaboration of World Intellectual Properties Organization [WIPO], Accessible Book Consortium, Digital Accessible Information System [DAISY] Consortium and Australian Aid distributed 4th generation Smart Android phones among the students with disabilities of colleges and universities.
Blind and visually impaired would be able to operate this 4th generation phones like other people in both English and Bangla languages using e-Speak software and can access to all types of information utilizing Talking books, browsing internet, Skype, social medias, and other different software. Total 100 students with disability able to access android phone by this initiative.
This opportunity will bring the dramatic change to access in Information and reading materials for students with visual disability and keep impact in the life of the people with print disability in Bangladesh.