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