Dec 9, 2019

Report 2 - How Dotbook helps blind students!!!

Students at Computer Training Centre
Students at Computer Training Centre

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.

As part of it with the support of funds received through GlobalGiving project we are planning to procure the Dotbook laptop which can help students to read normal content from a pen drive or mail in braille and also to write reports/documents in braille which can be saved and shared as word or other files in text. We are yet to receive required funds to procure braille refreshable device as per plan.

Self-reading helps Visually Impaired people to attain more knowledge than listening to audio or books read by others. Braille is one media for them to do self-reading but getting so many braille books is still difficult for the students across India – reason being braille conversion is a tedious process and even expensive. Also lot of paper consumption since it comes to thrice the pages of a normal printed book. Dotbook will help to save the environment by reducing paper consumption and also the Visually Impaired students to read any e-copy books without hindrance and we are sure this will help 100s of Visually Impaired students to achieve their aspiration.

Nov 7, 2019

Report 7 - Impact of Braille books in Kaseem

Kaseem smiling with hope - braille beneficiary!!!
Kaseem smiling with hope - braille beneficiary!!!

Impact of Braille books in Kaseem!!!!

Kaseem hails from a small village in Shimoga Dist. His father is a farmer and

mother is a home-maker. He has two younger sisters and the youngest one is also Visually Impaired. Kaseem is Visually Impaired since birth. Hence braille plays a vital role in his studies.

Kaseem has completed his schooling from Shri Sharada Devi Andhara Vikasa

Kendra. Mitra Jyothi supports the school with braille books since many years and many students scored distinction with this support. It is from his school teachers that Kaseem came to know about Mitra Jyothi and the different programs offered by Mitra Jyothi. In addition to using the books from Mitra Jyothi, Kaseem was very eager to learn computer programming as well and had undergone two Months Basic Computer Training Program at Mitra Jyothi. Through this he got an opportunity to be at Mitra Jyothi for two months and during the tenure he utilized the braille press library to the fullest, read many stories and general knowledge books.

Now he is looking forward to get into degree college and pursue his higher studies. He says that he is fully confident that he can achieve his aspiration with the support of books from Mitra Jyothi braille press. Kaseem also likes to play Cricket and athletics, therefore he wants to pursue his career in sports field.

With Global Giving project support, Mitra Jyothi team is looking forward to enable many more like Kaseem.

Sep 12, 2019

Report 1 - Importance of self reading

Visually Impaired person exploring braille laptop
Visually Impaired person exploring braille laptop

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.

As part of it with the support of funds received through Global Giving project we are planning to procure the Dotbook laptop which can help students to read normal content from a pen drive or mail in braille and also to write reports/documents in braille which can be saved and shared as word or other files in text. We are yet to receive required funds to procure braille refreshable device as per plan.

 A short note from a Visually Impared achiever Ms Madhu - though I keep hearing lot of audio contents since 40 years it never gave me the satisfaction of reading/writing via braille. Braille is a media which makes Visually Impaired people to be literate - I love reading and writing. Devices like dotbook can help people like me to be in par with others - It helps me to read the content shared by others directly without assistance and to revert back as well without hindrance.

Ms Madhu in an inclusive trip
Ms Madhu in an inclusive trip

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