06-02-2009, CPIO, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment 16-03-2009, No. 32-79/2008- DD.III, from Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
Please supply me the following information pertaining to development of computer software for persons with disabilities (all disabilities as included under the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995)

1. Details of proposals funded for developing special software for persons with disabilities, till date of this application.
 I am directed to refer to your letter dated 06.02.2009 received in this section on 25.02.2008 on the above mentioned subject and to say that information in respect of Disability Division-III Section are as under:-

The following proposals for development of computer software have been approved under the Scheme of Science and Technology in Mission Mode of the Ministry:-
2. Details of funds given for above.            
 (i) 'Development of a Multimedia hardware-software system for the education of students with cerebral palsy and communication' was sanctioned to Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur and Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, (IICP), Kolkata under the scheme of Science & Technology Project in Mission Mode. An amount of Rs. 17.90 lakhs was sanctioned for this project. (Rs. 14.95 lakhs _ IICP Kolkata Rs. 2.95 lakhs).

(ii) 'Functional academics through computer technology for children with mental retardation' was sanctioned to National Institute of Mentally Handicapped, Secundrabad. An amount of Rs. 7.43 lakhs was sanctioned for this project.

(iii) RAVI- Reading Aid Software for Visually Impaired' was sanctioned to International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. An amount of Rs. 24.40 lakhs was sanctioned for this project.

(iv) 'Information Technology based Education and training for people affected with Autism' was sanctioned to Webel Mediatronics Limited, Kolkata. An amount of Rs. 7.60 lakhs was sanctioned for this project,

(v) 'Microcontroller based graphical/sound based daily scheduler and alarm for children with Autism' was sanctioned to Netica Solutions P. L:td., Noida. An amount of Rs. 5.00 lakhs was sanctioned for this project.
3. What software out of this is available for purchase or download, and where?

4. When was the last upgrade or bug fix written for this software? Which of these are, to your knowledge, in active use presently?

5. Please furnish the following details regarding the software which are currently in use- Where are these being used? Who are its users? What is their feedback on the software?

No such data is maintained by this Ministry.