On September 19, Software Freedom Day, Insight opened an ICT lab for children with special needs. The lab set in a child-friendly ambience, has three computers which children can tinker with and explore through games and activities. Special needs comprise a wide range of physical, emotional and learning difficulties of children. Computers and computer assisted technologies are known to improve eye-hand coordination, language development and learning in all children. For children with special needs these technologies bring added benefits by boosting their self-confidence, improving quality of life and social interaction.
Insight will introduce children to activities of G Compris, a free education software and games. Based on their skill development it will move them to programming interfaces such as Scratch. Insight also plans to develop custom software based on the recommendations of parents and doctors working with children with special needs.
The lab was inaugurated by Vivek, a child with special needs. Dr Mary Varghese was the chief guest on the occasion. Mr Vijayachandran, Director, Future India Foundation also took part. See Insight website for news and pictures.
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