Education  India Project #39949

Help blind children use computer with braille

by Mitra Jyothi
Help blind children use computer with braille
Help blind children use computer with braille
Help blind children use computer with braille
Help blind children use computer with braille
Help blind children use computer with braille
Help blind children use computer with braille
Help blind children use computer with braille
Help blind children use computer with braille
Help blind children use computer with braille
Help blind children use computer with braille
Help blind children use computer with braille
Help blind children use computer with braille
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...
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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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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.

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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.

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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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Mitra Jyothi

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
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Project Leader:
Sathiya B
Bangalore, Karnataka India

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