May 26, 2020

Report 8-Computer Literacy braille book for blind

Braille book feedback gathered from blind student
Braille book feedback gathered from blind student

Story of an young aspiring Visually Impaired beneficiary..

Roshni, 29yrs old, from Mangalore is completely blind by birth. Her father is a farmer and mother is a homemaker. She has 2 elder sisters who are married.

Roshni studied in a special school in Bengaluru till grade 7. Thereafter, she joined a mainstream sighted school to complete 10th grade. Then she moved back home to Mangalore and completed 12th grade and degree through correspondence.

Roshni was introduced to Braille in school and is very comfortable with it. She also learnt basic computer in school. When a friend told her about Mitra Jyothi, Roshni jumped at the opportunity to learn something new and joined the 3 month Computer course here. Also utilized the tenure well to fill her thrust towards reading new books. She read many books from Mitra Jyothi braille library and impressed with the computer literacy through screen readers book so much.

Roshni did not let her disability define her. She worked on her various interests to give another dimension to her personality. Being fond of music, she not only sings well but also learnt to play piano in school. Roshni loves to play with clay and give shape to her imagination by making clay flowers, candle stands etc. She doesn’t miss an opportunity to read a good book when she comes across one. Growing up with two elder sisters and in hostel with friends, Roshni picked up hairstyling as a hobby too.

After completing the computer course at Mitra Jyothi, Roshni aspires to take up a government job. She is sure that she can take up competitive exams with the support of books from Mitra Jyothi library.

Mar 6, 2020

Report 3-Help toimprove vocabulary skills of blind

Visually Impaired students learning computer usage
Visually Impaired students learning computer usage

Summary: 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.

Roshni, 29yrs old, from Mangalore is completely blind by birth. Her father is a farmer and mother is a homemaker. She has 2 elder sisters who are married.

Roshni was introduced to Braille in school and is very comfortable with it. She also learnt basic computer in school. When a friend told her about Mitra Jyothi, Roshni jumped at the opportunity to learn something new and joined the 3 months Computer course at Mitra Jyothi.

Here at Mitra Jyothi Roshni got introduced to various accessible equipments and devices available for Visually Impaired people. She says if I got the opportunity to get to know about these in her early life it might have helped in her education. She was so impressed especially with the braille refreshable devices. She doesn’t miss an opportunity to read a good book when she comes across one.

Still she feels it is not too late, it can help her in higher education to gain more knowledge and to aspire her dreams. Many like Roshni are looking to grab opportunities and come up in life. We are sure that with GlobalGiving project support we can create difference in their lives.

Jan 31, 2020

Report 8 - Braille books for Computer literacy

A volunteer distributing braille books!!!
A volunteer distributing braille books!!!

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.


As part of it with the support of funds received through GlobalGiving project we had produced 4 new books and distributed 20 copies of each to the Visually Impaired students whoever had undergone Computer literacy training at Mitra Jyothi during last quarter.

 Activities covered at Mitra Jyothi under the project are listed below: Convert to Braille format, proof read and save master braille copy.

  1. Scan the hard copy, save it in editable word using OCR.
  2. Edit it to accessible format especially for tables, images, magazine format to normal and correct mistakes if any.
  3. Add breaks wherever necessary to indicate paragraph, chapters and other logical breaks as per Braille requirement.
  4. Print the braille books, organize and bind.
  5. Proof read a copy and do random check of others for pages.
  6. Distribute to students.

Outcome: Every year around 75+ Visually Impaired students from pan India are getting trained in computers at Mitra Jyothi under 3 different batches. This year in addition to providing training and soft copy materials, Mitra Jyothi team produced the NIIT Foundation computer course material in braille as well and distributed to students for reference. This created huge difference and helped the students to refer for practice sessions and after classes as well. They expressed their sincere gratitude for the initiative.

A volunteer distributing braille books!!!
A volunteer distributing braille books!!!
 
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