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Disability, Rehabilitation and Technology in India

ICTD Speaker Series Fall 2014

Disability, Rehabilitation and Technology: What is Relevant in the Indian Context

Dr. Samuel N. Mathew
National Institute of Speech and Hearing, India

Monday, October 6th at 4pm 
Space 2435 (entry from State St. side between Huron and Washington)
North Quad
105 S. State Street, Ann Arbor MI 48109

The presentation discusses work on leading up to the creation of the, an online resource on disability services and policy, which resulted out of a collaboration between the National Institute of Speech and Hearing in India, and the University of Michigan School of Information. The talk discusses the way attitudes towards accessibility have evolved in the Indian policy context, disability is now recognized as a matter of relevance by both the central and state governments. Adaptation and use of technology can help in prevention, early detection, and early intervention that can enable greater social inclusion. This presentation introduces issues around accessibility in India and overviews the possibilities of the mobile platform for adults with disabilities.


Speaker Bio: Dr. Samuel N. Mathew is the Executive Director of National Institute of Speech & Hearing (NISH), and Director of Regional Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (RIPMR) in Kerala, India. Samuel did his M.S. in Special Education with emphasis on Augmentative and Alternative Communication and his Ph.D. in Special Education with cognate as Educational Technology from Purdue University. 

This talk is co-sponsored by the Social Justice Series and the Group for Research in Infotech and Development