Divyangs Current Affairs - 2020

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IIT-Madras launches country’s first standing wheelchair: Arise

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has launched country’s first indigenously designed standing wheelchair named as ‘Arise’ in presence of Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawarchand Gehlot at the institute.

About Wheelchair ‘Arise’

The assistive device enables a differently-abled person requiring a wheelchair to shift from sitting to standing position, and vice versa, independently and in a controlled manner. The testing partners for Arise included individual users, hospitals, NGOs, rehabilitation centres and clinicians who provided inputs.

The device was designed and developed by TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2) at IIT Madras in collaboration with Phoenix Medical Systems.

The project was also supported from foreign countries such as United Kingdom (UK) and moreover, the commercialisation of Standing Wheelchair technology was made possible with support from Wellcome Trust (UK) through an ‘Affordable Healthcare in India’ Award. This award brought together research and manufacturing partners.

Since Arise is a novel, mass-manufacturable mechanical design (one Indian patent granted, other Indian, US and China patents pending), and with Phoenix’s manufacturing capabilities, it will be made available at an affordable price of around Rs.15,000.

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eCAPA 2019: First-ever Arts Exposition for talents with Intellectual Challenges

India’s first-ever Arts Exposition for talents with intellectual challenges called ‘eCAPA 2019 – Art from the Heart’ was inaugurated in New Delhi. This exposition will continue till 14 November 2019 at STIR Gallery, Chattarpur Farms.

About ‘eCAPA 2019 – Art from the Heart’

It is a unique nationwide platform cum social venture for artists blessed with Down Syndrome, Autism, Mental Retardation, Seizure Disorder and Dyslexia. It will showcase their visual and performing arts.

Objective:  The exposition seeks to create an exclusive platform for showcasing the visual and performing art talents of young adults with intellectual challenges.

Significance: During the event, the divyang artists will be presenting their varied skills in areas such as doodles, drawings, paintings, dance and music. It will also provide them with opportunities to find mentors in visiting artists and eminent masters of different crafts.

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