Technology – An enabler

64-year old Bhasker from Bangalore was gradually losing his vision due to Retinitis Pigmentosa.  By the time he retired from the State Electronic Development Corporation in 2015, he could barely see. After undergoing a cataract surgery in 2016, he was able to move around a little on his own. Heavily dependent on his family for assistance, Bhasker now missed reading the newspaper in the morning, a habit he had cherished for many years.

Saddened by the turn of events, he reached out to Eyeway Helpdesk for advice. The counsellor at Eyeway suggested him to use an Android mobile phone enabled with talk-back feature- a voice assisted function for blind or visually impaired people that helps them interact effectively with the device. His contact number was also added to the WhatsApp group that assists visually impaired users to get comfortable with assistive technology.

Bhasker regardless of his age looked for a solution and found one through Eyeway. He now enjoys reading newspapers on his own once again, although on a different medium.