Mehta - Arun

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I am 58, an electrical engineer from IIT Delhi, with a Masters in Computer Sciences from SUNY Stony Brook, and a Dr.-Ing from Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany. From 1987 to 2011, I was Managing Director of Indata Com Private Limited, a small software development, training and consulting company in the areas of industrial automation, process control, quality control and networking. I was the President of the Indian section of Amnesty International from 1989 to 1991. My introduction to technology for persons with severe disabilities was at the hands of Professor Stephen Hawking, for whose use, in case the decades-old access technology he uses becomes irreperable, I wrote eLocutor, software that allows a severely motor and speech impaired person to type and speak by pressing a single button. Since then, I volunteered for two years at the National Association for the Blind in New Delhi, teaching visually impaired students computer programming. For over 5 years now, I have conducted free technology and communication workshops with persons with cognitive disabilities and their caregivers.in Dehradun, Bangalore and Kerala. During this time, I was a professor and computer engineering department chairperson at the Jai Prakash Mukand Lal Institute of Technology (JMIT), in rural Haryana. For the last two years, I have been President of the Bidirectional Access Promotion Society (bapsi.org). Here, we provide training in cloud programming to computer students, with whose help I developed Skid (skid.org.in) a free platform on which you can customize solutions to learning problems of children with cognitive disabilities. Together with Anmol Anand, I co-developed PocketSMS, the first in Bapsi's Vibration series of communication solutions for persons who are both deaf and blind.