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EnAble India Workshop to help us reach out to the visually impaired in a better way

September 28, 2010 in Planned Visit by pankhudibangalore

Enable India Training

Enable India Training

EnAble India is an organization involved in empowering people with disabilities, to rehabilitate them and help them be self dependent by providing employment assistance. Pankhudians at Bangalore recently got an opportunity to get a good guidance from Enable India on how to interact with and train the visually impaired. The presentation was given by Ms. Nandhini, Ms. Shantala and Mr. Santosh each of whom seem to be deeply committed and passionate about the cause for which they are working.

The presentation started off with Nandhini explaining us about the various technical terminologies related to the visually impaired and that it’s a myth that people with disabilities have any ‘sixth sense’. We were told about the behavioral aspects of the visually impaired and how to deal with them. Like for example – small children have various habits like poking their eyes, head banging, making shrill noises etc which can be a faux pas socially. In this case, the children should be advised not to do so or divert their habits to something socially acceptable.

Children with disability undergo mental trauma and generally have a low social interaction and to help them overcome this, we need to know a bit about their life history. It helps if we know their names and call them accordingly thus building a better rapport with them.  We always need to have high expectations from them and let them be self dependent as much as possible. Since they are devoid of the visual learning, which makes about 80% of the total learning for the sighted people, they have to depend on the remaining senses. So, they should be taught with a feel and touch method. For example, you can get a live cat and make them feel it. Then you can explain how to imagine a lion – which is a bigger cat. A toy of the lion shape may not work here, because that will make them imagine a wrong picture of a lion. This point was well driven to us by actually making us play a small blind-fold game!

Computer learning is important for the visually impaired because it is the easiest source of information it makes them independent. It is again a myth that these people cannot compete with the sighted ones in the fields such as IT developer, System Administrators, Data Entry operators etc. The feedback from the industry says that these people, with their extra hard work, can even outperform their sighted colleagues. Also they seem to be loyal to their employer because they consider a job opportunity to be important and cannot hop jobs frequently.

At Enable India, Bangalore

Tactile for Start menu

In order to make the training sessions to the children at SRMAB more effective, fun and interesting, EnAble India provided us with a new curriculum. As a cherry in the ice-cream, they will also send trainers to SRMAB to help Pankhudi volunteers teach the students in a proper way catering to the needs of the children.

We are thankful to Enable India for having extended this helping hand and thus providing us with valuable insight in training children with visual impairment.

It started with …

September 17, 2010 in Uncategorized by pankhudibangalore

Shardha at SRMAB Alumni Meeting

Shardha at SRMAB Alumni Meeting

I know Sharadha for 3.5 years. Even a new person at SRMAB must be knowing Sharadha. Every time a person sought for some help in computer, he ran away to meet Sharadha. She is visually impaired and a master mind in her work including Computers, taking care of kids and many more. Often I seek help from her in understanding the working of JAWS.She is a great inspiration for the coming batches at SRMAB.

Regarding our work, we share knowledge of Computers at SRMAB, JP Nagar where kids from class 5th to 10th interact with us on every Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM [If you want to join for this cause, drop a mail at amanprakash.nayak@gmail.com ]

Recently Sharadha got selected in Wipro with her technical knowledge in the computer domain + HR Capabilities.

Not only her, Computer is a boon for Visually impaired kids. This is one of those fields where they can work same as a normal person can. Some examples reside in our computer class of SRMAB. There are few students who will warn you not to help them much while they are working on Computer. Pankhudi tries to enforce a course which help them in growing in this field and down the line, it will help them to get a good future in this line. Many congratulations to Sharadha and an inspiration for the Gen-Y.