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Blind students navigate in Chandigarh car rally

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Chandigarh (IANS) , 02 Feb 2014

Visually-impaired students turned navigators Sunday for a car rally here to create awareness among people that the blind can also use their skills despite their disability.The drivers were completely unaware of the 50-km route and were dependent on their visually-impaired navigators to help them with directions on the Braille road map.Over 50 cars took part in the rally organised by voluntary organisation Round Table India.Sharing his experience, Shubham, a 17-year old student of the Institute of Blind here, said: "I can't explain in words what a wonderful feeling it was. I will tell my friends also to take part next time.""We are always helped in finding our way but today for the first time I felt so happy giving directions to someone else," said Anuj, an 18-year-old participant.The drivers said the rally was a unique experience for them, as for most of them it was the first time they drove with a visually-impaired navigator.

"We had fun as it was a different concept. It was such a satisfying experience for me as my navigator could help in navigation," said Ashok Mehta, a city-based businessman who was among the participants."It was a fun rally for a cause and participants, including women drivers, along with their friends and family took part. The idea of the rally was to make visually-impaired students show their skills through Braille," said Amit Jain, chairman of the Chandigarh Round Table.


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