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Unique solutions for the differently abled

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Abhishek Syal is the founder of A R I S E (Act to Rise for Innovation in Special Education) Charitable Trust. It was founded with the objective to uplift and empower the challenged sections of human society through interactive and better educational tools and technologies.

When Abhishek visited the Institute for the Blind in his home city Chandigarh in 2006, he thought about creating a device which can help the visually challenged explore maps and diagrams on their own. To develop this invention suited to them, he carried out extensive field trials with visually challenged students during the years 2007-2009. From his interactions, he realized that the blind need so much more self-learning resources - which would empower their learning, practice and revision.

They aid in giving a human touch to the educational material - which according to research   results in high engagement levels amongst visually challenged kids, typically greater than 80%. The children prefer the resource of ARISE  as compared to Braille books - which fade within a year of their publication.

 ARISE is  researching on learning models for visually challenged and even hearing disabled such as game based learning. Alpha tests are being conducted for softwares, and are being redesigned as per feedback. ARISE is solving the problem of making education engaging and easier for the differently-abled.

 For his software for visually impaired students, Abhishek has been awarded the   NCPEDP-MphasiS Universal Design Award.

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