Very touching ..
Its awesome and great work and Its great to know that  Satyasheelan has been
acknowledged for his efforts.

Yet another great and inspiring work by Wikipedians :)

On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 5:12 PM, Surya Prakash <>wrote:

> The only word I said after reading this was "WOW!"
> I appreciate Mr. Satyasheelan's efforts. In Tamil Nadu also, few (very few)
> schools are using Tamil Wikipedia. (for usual children)
> Thank you Alex for sharing this story. :)
> *$U®¥∩*
> <>
> 2011/8/22 Shiju Alex <>
>> Dear Wikimedians
>> I would like share an unusual story (unusual - especially for Indic
>> language wiki communities) that Malayalam wiki community had faced few
>> months back.
>> In the month of February 2011, I had received an SOS call from a school
>> teacher (Satyasheelan) who is teaching at the Government School for the
>> Blind in the Kasargod 
>> distric<>t
>> of Kerala. Satyasheelan was seeking Malayalam wikipedian's support to fix
>> few issues that he and his students faced with few Malayalam alphabets when
>> they  read Malayalam wikipedia using a speech synthesizing software called
>> eSpeak <>. His phone call was surprise to
>> us since Malayalam wikimedians were not aware that visually challenged
>> people are using Malayalam wikipedia. (We were aware about the existence of
>> a software by Santhosh (named Dhawni <>) to
>> read unicode Malayalam (and other Indic languages also) which is in its
>> early stages of development). So Satyasheelan's call was surprising.
>> After his phone call few Malayalam wikipedians (Junaid, Thachan Makan, and
>> I) contacted Jonathan Duddington <>,
>> the primary developer (?) of eSpeak, and we worked with him to fix the
>> issues for Malayalam that Satyasheelan had pointed out. Jonathan  fixed the
>> issues pretty fast and later Satyasheelan informed us that now they are able
>> to use Malayalam wikipedia without any issues.
>> Later while we were planning for the 4th Malayalam wiki 
>> meetup<>(2011
>>  July 11) at Kannur, we decided to invite Satyasheelan to conduct a
>> session, since Malayalam wikimedians liked to hear the experience of
>> students of Blind school (using Malayalam wikipedia). But when Satyasheelan
>> came for the meetup we were surprised and taken aback when we learnt that
>> Satyasheelan is also a visually challenged person. Few of the his colleagues
>> (who are also visually challenged) also attended the meetup. Satyasheelan
>> was accompanied by his son, Nalin.
>> The meetup was attended by more than 80 Malayalam wikipedians. Few photos
>> are available 
>> here<>.
>> We are happy that Bishaka, Hisham, and Tory were kind enough to join us for
>> this meetup. There were various programs conducted as part of this meetup
>> (the report of the meetup is available at various locations (in Malayalam)).
>> Definitely the highlight of the meetup was the demonstration by
>> Satyasheelaman. So this mail is about that.
>> Malayalam wikimedian Ajay Kuyiloor took extra efforts to record
>> Satyasheelan's session. We are sharing an edited version of this session
>> assuming that this information will help other Indic language wiki
>> communities.
>> The video of Satyasheelan's session is available here: *
>>* The duration of the video is
>> around 9 minutes. We specially thank Ajay Kuyiloor, Girish Mohan, and Jithin
>> who worked on this video. We admit the low quality of video since we were
>> not prepared for such a session. Inconvenience due to this is deeply
>> regretted.
>> Malayalam community is welcoming your comments regarding this story so
>> that the discussion regarding this will benefit rest of the Indic wiki
>> communities also. We are actually humbled by the fact that work we do in
>> wikipedia is reaching out to people from all wakes of life.
>> *NOTE:* Satyasheelan specially thanked Malayalam wikimedians for creating
>> a special navigational 
>> template<>for
>>  reaching out easily to wikipedia articles. I still remember in 2008 when
>> Malayalam wikipedia user:Sadhik Khalid
>> <>created
>> this template, some of us had doubted the need of such a template. Our doubt
>> was, why such a template is required when users can reach out to articles
>> easily using serach box. Now to our surprise we understood this template is
>> very much useful for the visually challenged people (whom we never thought
>> about before).
>> Video of Satyasheelan's  session is available here:*
>> Thanks
>> Shiju Alex
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