Benefit the differently-abled sections of society
In India, about 10 to 15 percent of the population is differently-abled as per the 2011 census. They need a lot of support, customized infrastructure, and a friendly society. It must be noted that many of them are extremely hard working and intelligent. At Mindtree Foundation we try to fuel the dreams and amplify the capabilities of differently-abled individuals through an award and advocacy initiatives. We have over 40 people with disabilities working and contributing to Mindtree’s success.
Recognizing tenacious performers
We have partnered with the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) to create equal opportunities and an enabling work environment for people with disabilities. Every year, we identify 10, differentlyabled people who are outstanding performers across India and felicitate them with the NCPEDPMindtree Helen Keller award.
Over the years, the Indian Government has created several policies to support differently-abled people. Unfortunately, families and institutions remain in the dark about these policies, which deprives disabled people from enjoying various benefits. As a result, it is our endeavour to spread awareness about policies such as the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act (RPWD) 2016. Recently, we have printed brochures in regional languages about the act, its details, and benefits. And we are sure that by spreading such knowledge, we can transform the lives of differently-abled citizens.
Employing assistive technologies to minimize challenges
As a technology company, we are trying to make the daily lives of people with disabilities (PwD) easier via assisted technologies. Towards this, we have delivered two assistive technology products to Aravind Eye Hospitals in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. They are:
- Visual Intervention Kit with Analytics for Special children (VIKAS): VIKAS is an assorted collection of nine major exercises in 21 sub-exercises with 22 screens to redress cognitive visual dysfunction (CVD). CVD is vision impairment occurring due to damage to the brain where the eyes are able to see, but the brain is not able to process / interpret what is being seen. CVD can be due to prematurity, structural / functional damage to the brain, autism, cerebral palsy, etc. It can affect all aspects of educational, physical, social and emotional development.
- Digital Nethra for Eye (DIGNI): This is an Android mobile application that reads the page of a printed book from a table-lamp-like structure, converts in to audio and speaks it out through a headphone. This application performs optical character recognition (OCR) of text and converts text to voice. It reads the contents of the entire page (except the pictures). After a page is read, it prompts the user to turn the page.