Saksham organised a two-day Tek Fiesta on the 14th and 15th of August to inaugurate our newest resource center in Shimla. We set up an experience zone containing many of our assistive technology solutions, intended as a one-stop spot for persons with visual impairments and/or their allies to try their hand at all the available assistive tech in order to make an informed choice about the products that will best suit their needs. Another landmark event of the Tek Fiesta was the lightning training component, conducted by trainers from Saksham Delhi, focusing on the use of three devices: laptops, DAISY players, and Android phones. The training sessions (conducted like accelerated crash courses) were jam-packed with useful information about the various functions of the three devices already mentioned. Twenty persons among the attendees (chosen by lucky draw) who had registered for the subsidy scheme received a laptop, DAISY player, or an Android phone, based on their indicated preference. An additional lucky draw was organised, wherein lucky winners also received a talking pulse oximeter for free.
We at Saksham are delighted to have inaugurated the beginning of many fruitful relationships with persons with visual impairment and their allies in Himachal Pradesh through the Saksham Tek Fiesta, and to have celebrated together the possibilities of technology in limiting limitations and enabling independent living for people with visual impairments.