World’s First Atlas for the Blind

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The National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organisation (NATMO) of Kolkata, has come up with an Atlas for the blind, which is mass-reproduced and released by the Department of Science and Technology.

The braille atlas has been made using silk screen printing.

Prithvish Nag, former Surveyor General of India and currently Vice Chancellor of the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi led the project.

This braille atlas is one such activity which will help the Devyang, as the Prime Minister renamed the handicapped people some time back.

According to estimates by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, in 2015 there were over 16 million blind and 28 million visually-impaired people in India and now for the first time they can also ‘visualise’ maps.

For people who have partial vision NATMO makes maps with accentuated colours so they can see the maps despite their low vision.

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