Education for Visually Impaired Children

In this project 20 visually impaired children are attending braille education. All these children are provided with food, braille books, braille papers, school uniforms, shoes, slates and styles. Among these 10 visually impaired children are attending school on the lodging provided by SCPDA. The lodging is located along with the school compound rented by the association. These children live far away from the school. They cannot easily attend daily traveling such long distance.  The remaining 10 visually impaired children are attending school while they are living with their families.

Besides, there are 10 low vision students attending braille education in weekend bases. These low vision children are students in the regular schools. Again here all of them are provided with slates, styles, transport fee and tea by the association. Braille writing skill (BWS), Braille reading skill (BRS), Social skill, Sport, mathematics and mobility and orientation are some courses provided under this project.

The following activities take place at this school:

  • Education is given to about 20 pupils, spread over two years (‘grades’).
    Education focuses on:
    – Learning to read and write Braille
    – English language
    – Personal hygiene and Mobility skills
    – Development of social skills
  • More than 10 partially sighted children are given additional lessons in Braille reading and writing in addition to their regular education at the weekend.
  • All children receive a periodic medical check-up from a hospital in the area.

The impact of the project is large and has the following output:

  •  Blind children are  able to receive education; if this project would not be there, there is a good chance that these children would not receive any education at all, as parents and regular education do not see the need or are not geared to education for the blind.
  •  Awareness’ in the children’s environment, starting with parents and family, and  also in the community around the children.
  •  Growing self-awareness among children and improved social skills – through-flow to regular education is demonstrably successful, resulting in children performing better than average in regular education
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