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e- Inclusion & Participation 2009

ICT for Teaching the Hearing Impaired

A multi media based interactive DVD and e-learning web site to teach sign language opens the doors to education and opportunities for a marginalized and vulnerable community.

Producer- Infolume(Pvt) Ltd.
District- Colombo
Language- Sinhala/Tamil

Podcasting / Internet Radio/ Tekkatha

TeckKatha is a local language, community driven, podcasted discussion about solutions to technical problems of day to day life, tech news, new inventions, etc. People can ask questions from Techkatha via realtime web chat (during the weekly recording), Google Group, Skype, SMS, email or phone. Email, Twitter and SMS alerts are provided of upcoming shows after registration. Techkatha has produced more than 32 episodes with more than 38 hours of audio. It has a listenership of over 1000 in just 8 months as well as a 600+ member Facebook group. Techkatha is a non-profit and provides the podcast and content under the Creative Commons License where anyone is allowed to use and share Techkatha created content.

Producer- TechKatha Group
District- Kaluthara
Language- Sinhala



Project ‘Watch’ features specialized hardware and driver software to enable people with disabilities to use a computer and any software with a key pad with only 4 keys. Since only 4 input commands are needed to use a given software, it makes designing a wearable physical device for a disabled person easy. Most of the movable parts of the human body can be used as the commanding organ for this system. [Ex: a finger, leg(s), head, a hand, tongue, etc.] Therefore, this invention can be used by any kind of a physically disabled person. Unlike most of the products available in the market today, this system is totally customizable, depending on the user’s requirements. So it makes the user more comfortable and the product more reliable and practical.

Producer- Ganindu Nanayakkara
District- Gampaha
Language- English