Since thirty years Mitra Jyothi has been empowering visually impaired people. Therefore there is always a need for new technologies and product innovation to give visually impaired more independency in their lives. Taking the next step to not only connect the student to the digital world but also improve their work skills, Mitra Jyothi is starting this fundraising campaign to buy 25 DotBooks. DotBooks are laptops specially designed for visually impaired people as they display text in braille.
Until now braille books were the only way for blind people and visually impaired to gain knowledge. Whereas our society becomes more digital and connected online, these channels are completely cut off for blind and visually impaired. This does not only impacts social life but also hampers career options, too. Being able to read online content and connect with people internationally opens new perspectives of inclusion, gives visually impaired people more self determination and quality of life.
With this project Mitra Jyothi will be able to buy 25 DotBook laptops and give access to more than 250 visually impaired people yearly. The DotBook is a device that displays online websites and programms using brialle. All employees and students will be trained to operate the DotBook both for online content and Microsoft programs. For visually impaired these laptops and trainings will give them access to online information, education and qualifies them for broader job opportunities.
With this project Mitra Jyothi will educate more than 250 students to use these braille operated laptops. This will include websites, online content, navigation and Microsoft programms. With these DotBooks a further step will be taken to provide visually impaired state of the art technology and support them to become a fully acknowledged part of our society, both personally and in their professional careers.