Archive for January, 2010

Training for Akshaya Entrepreneurs at Alleppey

Monday, January 25th, 2010

valedictory Function Prize Distrubution

Hands on Session Aneesh taking class

Vinod taking class Hands on session

A two day training programme was held for the Akshaya Entrepreneurs at Alleppey on 19th and 20th January 2010, for training the Visually Challenged in using computers. 56 Akshaya Entrepreneurs participated in the training programme which was held at Cherthala and Purakkadu Akshaya centres. A technical quiz programme was conducted on the final day and prizes were distributed. Certificates were also issued for all the participants.


Training for Special School Students at Idukki

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Hands on session in progress Vinod teaching the students

Group Photo news in malayala manorama

A 5 day ICT training programme was conducted from 12th January 2010 for the students of Louis Braille School for Blind, Idukki.The programme was inaugurated by Hon. M.P Shri P T Thomas. 23 students and 3 teachers were given training on the use of computers with the latest ICT tools.

Interactive Session for Parents

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Interactive Session by Dr. Arun Mehta Parents attending the session

An interactive programme with parents of autistic children and Dr Arun Mehta was organised at insight on 13th january . Dr Mehta enlightened them on Skid, a free software package similar to Gcompris which the children are already working with. Skid has many tiny modules that a child can select and combine, based on the specific task she wishes to perform. Parents were happy to note that ICT training through packages like Skid or Gcompris can really help an autistic child to communicate in real life situations.

INSIGHT Conducts Seminar on Empowering the Differently Abled

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Dr. Rathan Kelkar, IAS Discussion on employing the differently abled

The Kerala State IT Mission as part of their initiative to to bring the benefits of ICT to the differently abled through its INSIGHT project conducted a seminar on the topic “Empowering the Differently Abled” on 13th January 2010 at Malabar Hall, Technopark. Shri Mervin Alexander, CEO, Technopark delivered the welcome speech. Dr. Rathan Kelkar IAS, Director, KSITM, in his introductory remarks, enlightened the audience about the activities done by Kerala IT Mission to empower the differently abled. He also added that efforts would be made through INSIGHT to assist the companies in identifying the right candidates and giving them job-related training.

This was followed by a presentation by INSIGHT detailing the activities done for empowering and employing the differently abled. The highlight of the presentation was demonstrations by two visually challenged students. A talk by Dr. Arun Mehta, Chairman, Department  of CE, JMIT, on “Employing Differently abled” followed. He said he was amazed by the ideas that were being conceived and implemented in Kerala and insisted that it would be wonderful if Kerala could set a role model in the field of empowering the differently abled as well.

Mr Mathew Jacob of Nest Technologies suggested that the companies should change their mindset regarding employing a differently abled person. The experience that he has had from employing differently abled in company makes him a strong votary of this cause, he added. Shri. Satish Babu, CEO, Inapp Technologies proposed a vote of thanks.

Awareness programme for Akshaya Entrepreneurs in Alleppey

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Presentation by JamesAkshaya Entrepreneurs of Alleppey

An awareness programme for Akshaya Entrepreneurs about Insight’s activities and the course that it offered to Visually Challenged students was held at Akshaya District office, Alleppey on 7th January. More than 150 entrepreneurs participated in the programme.

Insight will shortly give training to the interested entrepreneurs so that some of the training currently being offered at the Insight centre, is available through Akshaya centres of Alleppey as well.

Training for Shalom Special School Teachers

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Ipshita taking class hands on session

Another batch of 13 more teachers from Shalom special school Vattapara attended the one day ICT training programme on 6th January. In the first session teachers were introduced to the free software educational package “Gcompris” and in the subsequent session they experienced individually the benefits of “Gcompris” package .

Many of the special educators  felt that the package will ultimately help the mentally challenged children  in their cognitive development.

ICT Training for Special Educators

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

A one day ICT Training Programme was conducted on 31st December 2009 for the special educators of Marion Play Home, Edayilakonam and Shalom Special School, Vattapara. Nine teachers from these institutes participated at the training programme. The teachers were helped to get familiarised with Gcompris, the free software educational package. Special educators  find Gcompris package  helpful in improving the functional academic concept of the intellectually disabled children.

Feedbacks from the teachers suggest that the teachers would greatly appreciate the programme if the medium of instruction of the Gcompris package is  in Malayalam.