Education of disabled children is always a question mark which strict them to their homes for life. This issue is being faced by the whole world. There is no major effort being done for the education of visually impaired people in Pakistan which can make the independent in their life and help to get jobs.
Muhammad Zahid Iqbal, a research scholar at Information Technology University, Lahore has recently developed an Urdu Braille Translator and learning system for the parents of the visually impaired children. It is web based system http://www.urdubraille.com/. He developed this system during his thesis research as Graduate student. The aim of this web-based software is to enable the parents to learn and start educating their blind kids, helping them in class homework, teaching them at home if they are not sending them to schools.
Urdu Braille Translator is helping the user to translate the Urdu text in the Braille characters and learn the Braille for Urdu characters.
It is using built-in Urdu and Braille font which was developed during this research. This Braille translator is accepting all the Urdu fonts being used in the major news papers.
The Braille learning applications is using the multiple choice questions and fills in the blanks. This is a self learning and testing system which motivates the parents to learn the Braille using the computer interaction.
This research published in the 19th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility which held in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. This system was tested in local special education schools with Braille instructors and the parents of the visually impaired parents who often come to take their kids back to home.