PRESENTATION – PART 4 : SUMMING UP
I WOULD LIKE TO CONCLUDE WITH THREE PROPOSALS :
1. The United Nations initiatives of Education For All and Health For All must be consciously expanded to guarantee literacy and education to every blind child of the world, with solutions like the UBK and UEK
This would certainly make for practical, rational and holistic welfare strategies that can be accomplished at very little extra cost.
2. We would wish to encourage free world-wide replication and adaptation of the Natesan Refreshable Braille Display.
This would make it increasingly affordable and hopefully, ultimately reach the hands of every blind child in the world. to facilitate this objective, we are placing the complete technical specifications and designs of the nrbd, together with an enabling Open General License, called the Natesan-GPL, for free download at our websites
3. We would also offer to help establish production facilities for all our solutions, wherever funding is provided.
For example, we have established
a Braille Slate production unit in
I would like to acknowledge here, specifically in respect of the shaping of my basic design of the Natesan Refreshahble Braille Display into a product, the valuable contributions of several valued friends as listed below :
Keith Shaw, Edward Rogers, Theodore Moallem and Paul Kronenberg : For their ideas and encouragement, through brainstorm sessions on the design at its formative stage.
R.Krishnaswamy and Leon Chen : For their practical appraisals of performance of the first prototype, and solutions suggested for its problems.
Ramesh Ayyar and Paul D’Souza : For their highly innovative and substantive inputs, specially on the operational controls, leading to the final design, with Ramesh also contributing the IT components of support hardware and software.
Airala Kumar : For his committed effort in assimilating all ideas into the final design and handling the onward fabrication and assembly processes leading to the final prototype and product.
K.Radhakrishnan, former Managing Director, T.G.Venkatesh, former Vice-President , and P.Athmanathan, present Chief Executive Officer, of Worth Trust : For their unstinted organizational support at all stages of development of the product, with the first two providing technical reality checks through the development stages.
TO THESE FRIENDS, I OFFER MY DEEP APPRECIATION AND GRATITUDE.