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Hindi and English Speed Typing Competition using Assistive Technology for Students with Visual Impairment

Tatsat Foundation in Partnership with Saksham School, Noida, organized a Speed Typing Competition for visually impaired students of various age groups which were determined by the class grade in which they are studying.

Tatsat Foundation in Partnership with Saksham School, Noida, organized a Speed Typing Competition for visually impaired students of various age groups which were determined by the class grade in which they are studying. It was India’s first such competition that was aimed at empowering students with visual impairment through assistive technology by organising a national-level annual Computer Speed and Accuracy competition for school-aged children.
More than 50 students from Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, and Delhi, among others, took part in the one-day competition. The winners were given cash prizes apart from medals and certificates.
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India being home to around 20% of the visually impaired population, it’s important to provide youngsters with pedagogical and technological assistance so that they are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills for assimilating with the mainstream workforce of the country in the future
Project Objectives:
  • To generate interest in assistive technology within the visually impaired community.
  • To motivate students with visual impairment to learn, practise and refine their Braille and assistive technology skills.
  • To create a platform where these skills are rewarded and overtly acknowledged as indispensable and crucial to the independent living and functioning of people with visual impairment.
  • The speed and accuracy aspect of the competition intends to encourage the students to develop the requisite skills to do their schoolwork, assignments, tests and exams independently using assistive technology.
  • To prepare students with the technical skills that will enable them to become valuable members of the workforce in the future.
The rationale behind organizing this event is to sensitize the community and motivate the students to adopt the latest assistive technology solutions instead of depending on traditional Braille for their education

The rationale behind organizing this event is to sensitize the community and motivate the students to adopt the latest assistive technology solutions instead of depending on traditional Braille for their education.

Project Aim :
Encouraging the students who have chosen to become independent in reading and writing by using Assistive technology instead of relying on scribes to write their assignments and examinations.

Project Details :

Students were divided into three categories
  • Sub-junior (grades 3-5)
  • Junior (grades 6-9)
  • Senior (grades 9-12)
The students were given worksheets to transcribe on their laptops with the help of a reader that was provided by the organisers. The students are judged based on speed, accuracy, and basic formatting.
In total competition was held in seven categories:
EVENTS & CATEGORIES
S. No. EVENT CATEGORY
1 English Speed & Accuracy competition Sub Junior (Grade 3 to Grade 5)
2 English Speed & Accuracy competition Junior (Grade 6 to Grade 8)
3 English Speed & Accuracy competition Senior (Grade 9 to Grade 12)
4 Hindi Speed & Accuracy competition Sub Junior (Grade 3 to Grade 5)
5 Hindi Speed & Accuracy competition Junior (Grade 6 to Grade 8)
6 Hindi Speed & Accuracy competition Senior (Grade 9 to Grade 12)
7 English Orbit Speed and accuracy competition Junior (Grade 6 to Grade 8)

Winners and Awards :

  • Three winners were chosen from each of the seven categories and were given cash awards, medals, and certificates.
  • First, second, and third prize winners received a cash prize of Rs.7,000, Rs.5,000, and Rs.3,000 respectively.
  • All winners received medals along with cash prizes.
  • All participants in the competition received certificates of participation in appreciation of their efforts.
  • The title of “Fastest Fingers” was awarded to the student who won the maximum number of medals.
  • The school with the maximum number of winners was awarded the “Best Participating School” title

Winners of the Competition

S.No Winners No.of Medals Category School Name
1 Hitesh Dagar 2 Sub-Junior DAV Public School
2 Vatshal 1 Sub-Junior Sunrise Ville school
3 Yusuf Zaman 2 Sub-Junior Vibgyor High School
4 Hari Om 2 Junior Salwan Public School
5 Madhubanti Rohit 1 Junior Nethra Vidyalaya
6 Anmol Narula 2 Junior Tulsi Public School
7 Ashvin Rajesh 1 Senior Mount Carmel School
8 Pranam Srivastava 2 Senior Millennium School
9 Naman Khetrpal 1 Senior Pathway World School
10 Aman Kumar 1 Sub-Junior Tagore International School
11 Rahul Kumar 1 Junior Dharam Public School
12 Tejasvi Raj 1 Junior D.P.S.R.K.Puram
13 Rohit Saini 1 Senior Rajasthan Netraheen Kalyan Sangh
14 Pallavi Adhikari 1 Senior Salwan Public School
15 Akash 1 Junior Cambridge School
16 Pari Kumari 1 Junior Salwan Public School

Special Prize

  • SAKASHAM SCHOOL was awarded the “Best Participating School” title Won 14 Medals
  • Anmol Narula was awarded the title of “Fastest Fingers”
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