Two day long “Exclusive International Exhibition on Access to ICT for Persons with Disabilities” held at Daffodil International University

ICT for Persons with Disabilities

To provide a general orientation on available ICT tools and devices for persons with disabilities that enables them to have a better life with dignity a two day long “Exclusive International Exhibition on Access to ICT for persons with disabilities held at Daffodil International University auditorium.

Center for Disability in Development (CDD) in association with Daffodil International University with the support of Karishma Enterprises from India and Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) organized this two day long international exhibition from September 05-06, 2012. The exhibition will provide orientation on ICT to facilitate education and rehabilitation of persons with different types of disabilities such as Visual, Low vision, Dyslexia, speech and hearing, Cerebral palsy, Autism, Cognitive and physical impairment.

Mr. Md. Nazrul Islam Khan, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Communication Technology, Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh inaugurated the exhibition as the chief guest. Mr. Mustafa Jabbar, Chief Executive, Ananda Computers and Bijoy Digital, Ms. Shahin Anam, Executive Director, Manusher Jonno Foundation  (MJF) and Mr.Gazi Mohammad Nurul Kabir, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Social Welfare and Managing Director, National Disability Development Foundation were present as the special guests. Prof. Dr. M. Lutfar Rahman, Vice –Chancellor will preside over the inaugural session. The keynote presentation was delivered by Mr. Ram Agarawal, Chief Executive Officer, Karisma Enterprises, India at the inaugural session and welcome address was delivered by Mr. A. H. M. Noman Khan, Executive Director, Center for Disability in Development (CDD).

 

Addressing as the chief guest Mr. Md. Nazrul Islam Khan said that the development work of the portals for 24000 government offices of the country is going on and these portals will be implemented with December of this year and just after implementation of the portal e- Service will also be implemented through out the country. He also informed that beside ‘e- book’, government has taken a plan to provide ‘Talking Book’ at all the schools of secondary level.

He also said that latest use of ICT can play a vital role to develop the life style of the persons with disabilities. He stressed on the participation of the persons with disabilities to enjoy the modern facilities of ICT. In this regard, he reminded the heartiest initiatives taken by the present government.

The speakers at their speeches said, this International Expo on Assistive Technology will help the persons with disabilities to empower them with independence, self reliance and the ability to perform the tasks which are not within their reach due to adequate access to appropriate technology. They also said, this exhibition will create awareness among the employers about the immense possibilities and capabilities of the persons with disabilities if they are provided with assistive devices/software in the workplace.

Daffodil International University introduced a model classroom for it’s valued student’s.

Daffodil International University “Model Classroom”

Daffodil International University is always committed to ensure excellence in teaching at each and every level. Increasingly, electronic technology is being used to provide instructors with innovative and creative teaching strategies. The commitment to the students to improve the quality of education through technological advancement has become true. To expand its existing learning system the University is using state of the art technology. Beside this, the University introduced a model classroom for its valued student’s.

 The main features of “Model Classroom”

1.”Active Learning” teaching methods form part of the best classrooms in the world today. As part of active learning, each student must be engaged in actively thinking about the concepts being taught in a lecture. Technology can be used to force passive students to think and participate without “embarrassment”! This is done by the use of Classroom Response System (CRS) clickers. The lectures have to be designed to engage the students using these clickers. Teachers would need training to be able to create the best classroom environments.

2. Sensor based environment (light switches in presence of human) and also control Air conditioning as well
3. Using natural light and green as much as possible
4. Electronic White Board with power saving as much as possible
5. Class response based on PDA attached to the individual seat
6. Recording of video and audio lectures for the multimedia content creation
7. Attendance based on sensors (special ID for the students)
8. Size of the class is: (40×20)sft.
9. Walls are made of Burma teak wooden panel with light varnish.
10. Microphones on each table are manually controlled under a central controller.
11. Live Telecast facilities
12. A projector screen has been set on the side of the glass board.
13. Chairs for students have been imported/local branded flexible revolving chair.
14. CC camera has set to cover the whole classroom
15. Lecture will be recorded with built-in sound system.