Exploring the use of assistive technology for developing countries and minority languages

Mamoru Iwabuchi*, Kenryu Nakamura, Takeo Kondo, Paul Blenkhorn

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In this study, extending the use of assistive technology (AT) in developing countries including the localization of the technology for minority languages was aimed at. Nepali screen reader was discussed as one of the most needed AT in those countries. First our team visited Nepal, and investigated the current situation of blind people and their use of AT in the country. Secondly Nepali screen reader was build using existing technology including a speech engine of a closely related language, Hindi. Its trial concluded that Hindi speech engine could work for Nepali screen reader. It is suggested that this economical approach could be applicable to the development of screen readers for other minority languages. Providing information about AT can be also a key element when supporting developing countries.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssistive Technology from Adapted Equipment to Inclusive Environments. AAATE 2009
EditorsPier Luigi Emiliani, Laura Burzagli, Andrea Como, Gabbanini Gabbanini, Anna-Liisa Salminen
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAssistive Technology Research Series
ISSN (Print)1383-813X
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8071


  • Assistive technology
  • Nepal
  • developing countries
  • minority languages
  • screen reader

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)


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