Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

"Serving individuals with special needs through research and innovation in affordable assistive technologies"

ASSISTECH is an inter-disciplinary group of faculty, research staff and students from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, which is engaged in using modern technology for finding affordable solutions for the differently abled in country. The focus of the group is on mobility and education which we consider are fundamental to enable any person to live independently and with dignity.


Succcessful Completion of 2nd Training Workshop on
"Design and Production of Perceivable and Affordable Tactile Diagrams"

A training workshop on "Design and Production of Perceivable and Affordable Tactile Diagrams" was organized by the Centre of Excellence in Tactile Graphics (COETG) from 11th May to 13th May 2017. The objective of the intensive three- day workshop was to provide hands on experience to the tactile designers, special educators and transcribers in designing and producing tactile diagrams from the printed or digital graphics.
Many special educators, teachers and students associated with various organisations participated in the workshop. Many students who are studying in mainstream schools also attended the workshop, where they learned about various softwares that are used in making science and mathematics content e.g., writing equations, accessible.

Glimpses from the Workshop

Day 1: A special education NAB, Delhi displaying all the conventionanl methods that are used to teach visually impaired students from eary age.

Day 2 & Day 3: was more focused on design of tactile diagrams based on international guidelines, and all the participants were given hands on experience to design tactile diagrams using all the software like CorelDraw, Blender, etc


SmartCane Launch in South Africa

A national campaign was organized to launch the SmartCane in multiple cities of South Africa including Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Worcester, Durban and Peitmaritzburg in the first week of March 2017, in collaboration with Disability Management Services (DMS), the International partner organization of Saksham in South Africa. Team members from SmartCaneTM team and DMS conducted series of Awareness and training workshops at the following organizations: College of Orientation and Mobility (SA guide dog Association), Blind SA, Cape Town Society for the Blind, Pioneer School, KZN society for Deaf and Blind, University of Kwazulu Natal and International Arabic School for the Blind. Continue reading ...