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Amway Opportunity Foundation, NAB Open Computer Training Center for Visually Impaired

Thiruvananthapuram: Amway Opportunity Foundation (AOF), the corporate social responsibility arm of Amway India, inaugurated a full-fledged Computer Training Centre located at the premises of National Association for the Blind, Thiruvananthapuram. The primary aim of this Computer Training Center is to enable access to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services to persons with visual impairment.

The computer center at NAB, Thiruvananthapuram, is fully equipped with 10 computers, a UPS and a printer. The center will provide training to the visually challenged on Windows and Linux platforms with more focus on using web based tools and services.  The computer systems are equipped with requisite software, which makes it friendly for the visually impaired individuals.

The computer training centre was inaugurated by U V Jose IAS, Director Social Justice and Tourism. The event was also graced by Syed Ibrahim, German Goethe Zentrum President; A V Suresh Kumar, Regional Head – South, Amway India and Anitha Rao, Manager – Corporate Communications – South, Amway India.

On the occasion, Amway Opportunity Foundation also announced the launch of a mobile application – Accessible Reader by Amway Opportunity Foundation – for the benefit of the visually impaired individuals.  This mobile application leverages available text-to-speech engines and makes it convenient for the visually impaired to read digital documents. Amway Opportunity Foundation has taken this initiative in line with the Govt. of India’s Accessible India campaign, which focuses on increasing the availability of Information & technology for differently-abled people.

Inaugurating the Centre and launching the new mobile application, U V Jose said, “We are focusing on initiating accessible tourism concept in the Tourism sector to ensure that tourism sector becomes more accessible and beneficial to one and all. I am very impressed by the new mobile application –Accessible reader which will provide more avenues to the visually challenged.”

Sujoy Bose, Regional Head – South, Amway India, said, “NAB Thiruvananthapuram has been doing credible work on ground. We are confident that this newly refurbished computer center will help the students gain much needed exposure to computers in this digital age. Our endeavor is to enable the visually impaired individuals to lead a better life by making them self-reliant.”

Talking of the mobile application, Bose added “Accessible Reader is a step forward for AOF which has since inception worked tirelessly for the benefit of visually impaired community. We have already uploaded this application on the Google store and it is now available as a free download for Android based mobile users. We encourage all visually impaired individuals, using Android based mobile phones, to download this application and make maximum use of this versatile reading tool”.