Oct 27, 2020

Report 5-Blind students grit to achieve goal!!

Workshop around Laptop usage..
Workshop around Laptop usage..

Tejani, a person with multiple disability including vision impairment, hails from Maharashtra. He is 27 years old and currently settled in Bangalore. Tejani is a beneficiary of Mitra Jyothi who has attended 45 days computer course. His father is engaged in agriculture and his mother is housewife.

Tejani is differently abled by birth and he has gone through a lot of struggle in his life journey. As he was born and brought in a village where there was no value for education, it was difficult for him to continue his education in his village. Further he did his education from inclusive schools outside his village with great difficulty. Inspite of his multiple disabilities there was a strong desire to complete his education with the help of his teachers and friends. He completed MBA successfully irrespective of challenges.

He is acknowledging that after coming to Mitra Jyothi he gained a lot of improvement in confidence and English language. He cherishes his time spent at Mitra Jyothi. Tejani says, “I made so many new friends here. I became independent, confident and opened up to society”. Here, he was formally introduced to proper accessibility in the field of computers - MS Office and internet browsing. After completing the course Tejani got successfully placed in a corporate.

Tejani’s story has not only inspired his visually- and non-visually impaired peers into believing that they, too, can succeed with determination, but also motivated the parents of children who suffer from blindness or other disabilities to fight for their right to a full education.

 Rightly proud of his achievements, Tejani wants to become a HR manager in a MNC, and is passionate about the rights of disabled people. Tejani is also immensely grateful to his parents and teachers for the roles they have played.

 Tejani’s success story is a great example of the force of empowerment and liberation that education can wield. It shows how children who suffer from blindness can become a transformative force in the community, especially for those are being deprived of their rights.

 Main objective of the project is to provide braille laptop to students with any kind of visual disability (from low vision and complete blindness to people at risk of losing vision with time) from economically backward and marginalized communities to promote reading and literacy.

Dotbook will help Visually Impaired students like Tejani to be on par with other kids and plays a vital role in inclusive education. With GlobalGiving project we are planning to procure the Dotbook laptop and distribute to students from marginalized community. We are yet to receive required funds to procure Dotbook braille refreshable device as per plan.

Computer training to a Visually Impaired boy...
Computer training to a Visually Impaired boy...
Sep 17, 2020

Rep10-Proud Govt.Employee through braille literacy

Braille books ready for dispatch and proof reading
Braille books ready for dispatch and proof reading

Story of Amaresh - a proud Govt. employee!!

Amaresh, a regular member of our Mitra Jyothi library was born as blind to a family consisting of six members from a remote village in North Karnataka, India. His father is a daily wage worker, mother, a home maker and he has three siblings who are elder to him.

In addition to vision issue, Amaresh has to face poverty as well from his childhood. Awareness around different possibilities for a blind children education was NIL in his village. Still his parents didn’t give up, through various sources after lot of struggle they identified a special school. As soon as he came across braille, his interest towards learning increased a lot and he started looking to get more and more books. Mitra Jyothi came as a savior for him during that time and from then onwards he started taking support from Mitra Jyothi especially for braille books.

He completed his schooling, graduation and cleared government exams with the support of braille books from Mitra Jyothi. At present he is a proud employee in Indian Postal Department. Noteworthy point here is, Indian free postal service facility provided for materials sent to blind helped him to come up in life and he got a opportunity to serve the same department later.

He says today with pride – Mitra Jyothi gave me second birth with braille books and am sure the same for many of my Visually Impaired friends.

Mitra Jyothi has been always been providing books for visually impaired not only for enhancing knowledge, but also for the employability. The education resource center in Mitra Jyothi has always helped the visually impaired to break their barriers.

Summary: Main objective of the project is to provide accessible reading material in Braille format to people with any kind of visual disability (from low vision and complete blindness to people at risk of losing vision with time) from economically backward and marginalized communities to promote education and to enable many more like Amaresh.

As part of it, we had produced braille book for Visually Impaired people to get to know about the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020 in English & Kannada and distributed 20 copies to institutions teaching Visually Impaired students across India recently. This will help the Visually Impaired teachers to be on par with others during NEP discussions. More copies will be printed and shared based on demand in upcoming quarters as well.

Jul 1, 2020

Report 4- Blind students reading thirst fulfill-er

Beneficiary receiving braille books to read!!!
Beneficiary receiving braille books to read!!!

Ranjita, 23yrs old from Karajigi in Haveri District is blind since birth. Her brother is the only breadwinner at home and her younger sister is also blind since birth.

 Both sisters didn’t let blindness put them down, instead they built their talent in different areas. They were utilizing every opportunity to groom themselves and grow further. Sooner after getting to know about Mitra Jyothi and the enablement programs driven for Visually Impaired, they enrolled for the computer training. Though they learnt few basic concepts at school, Ranjitha felt Mitra Jyothi training helped her to gain in depth knowledge and now she can use computers without hindrance through screen reading softwares.

On asking about her hobbies, she seemed very enthusiastic and answered by saying that her hobbies were reading story books. She said that she likes songs and devotional stories and often listens to both. When she got to know about the digital media (Dotbook like devices) available to read braille books, she was so excited. She stated that this device and her computer knowledge will help her to achieve her aspiration in life. At the same time her thirst to read books as well will get fulfilled since she can read all digital books via braille media using this device.

On asking about her future plans, she said that he wants to continue studying and enroll for M.A in History and become a History Lecturer as she really likes History and wants to be able to teach it.

Main objective of the project is to provide braille laptop to students with any kind of visual disability (from low vision and complete blindness to people at risk of losing vision with time) from economically backward and marginalized communities to promote reading and literacy.

Dotbook will help Visually Impaired students to be on par with other kids and plays a vital role in inclusive education. With GlobalGiving project we are planning to procure the Dotbook laptop and distribute to students from marginalized community. We are yet to receive required funds to procure Dotbook braille refreshable device as per plan.

Self-reading helps Visually Impaired people to improve their vocabulary and develop communication skills. Most of the Visually Impaired people lack in spellings and we are sure that the device can help to learn and to be in par with other sighted students.

Beneficiaries listening audio books!!!
Beneficiaries listening audio books!!!
 
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