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Exhibition for visually-impaired ends

Afkar Abdullah /Sharjah
Filed on February 13, 2020 | Last updated on February 13, 2020 at 11.48 pm
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Sight Me also featured a number of seminars, lectures and workshops to highlight issues of people with visual disabilities.

More than 45 entities took part in the fourth edition of Sight ME - the only exhibition in the region for the blind and the visually-impaired - which ended on Thursday at the Sharjah Expo Centre.

Adel Abdullah Al Zomor, chairman of the board of directors of the Emirates Association for the Visually Impaired, said the exhibition represented an opportunity to exchange experiences in the field of visual disabilities. "The idea for the exhibition came in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, who directed the authorities concerned to assert efforts to remove obstacles for these categories of the society. The event helped those working in the field of visual-impairment to familiarise themselves with the latest technologies available."

Sight Me also featured a number of seminars, lectures and workshops to highlight issues of people with visual disabilities. Some of the exhibits at Sight ME included:

Self-driving cars

Tesla showcased its self-driving feature and allowed the visually impaired people to get acquainted with the characteristics of this car.

Softwares

A number of technologies developed to suit the needs of people with full or partial visual-impairment were exhibited by Microsoft.

Guide dogs

The use of guide dogs can be helpful and be a working partner to a blind or vision-impaired individual, according to Howler Dog services, which displayed its potential at the exhibition. These dogs are best known for being in a harness and striding ahead of their handler, keeping them out of danger and steering them clear of obstacles.

Cybertech

A tactile braille tablet which works on Windows 10, touchscreen braille PC tablet with 32-cell refreshable braille, mobile braille devices, Orion TI-84 plus, an advanced talking graphing calculator, were some of the technologies at the exhibition developed for the blind to keep up with the fast-paced world.

Everyday living solutions

Daylight smart clip-on light; Biol alert device (placed on the bottom of a saucepan) which will rattle at water's boiling point; daily pill organiser, talking bathroom scale, communicate clock, signature guide to allow the blind to write his signature independently on cheques, letters, and legal documents were some of the other solutions at the exhibition.

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Afkar Abdullah


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