Imagine the life experience of a child with no vision. How their everyday life would been? Children with vision can connect their imagination with what they have already seen. What about a child with no vision?
Visually impaired children and adults remain disconnected with the outside world as braille books aren’t as dynamic and diverse as normal books. While Technology has made it possible for adults to use many electronic gadgets, but still several functions remains out of touch for them.
Tactile books makes it easier for them to learn the visual way of representing these things. We hope that in future, it would be possible for them to learn symbols, and probably decipher a tactile map of India. We need to make sure that during the initial stage, tactile illustrations need to be very simple and easy to recognize.
A tactile Representation is a pictorial representation made which can be read with your fingers. The main principle is that the pictures should be simple and the structures must be perceptible. Basically, tactile picture books communicate information through touch.
Our aim is to reach out to visually impaired Children and Adults, where we aim to provide them a more accurate idea of the world and things around them.
We at GiftAbled aims to set up tactile libraries at different rural parts of the country.
Giftabled made its second tactile library set up at Ashwini Angadi trust, A school for visually impaired. Children were curious to know about the tactile and played the games, for them it is a nice experience to touch and read each book. We were delighted to see smile on their face
We handed over tactile books to staff in Rangaro Memorial School For Disabled, Mysore to set up library.
Our 3rd tactile library at Siddaganga Blind School Tumkur. Thanks to all the volunteers who have been part of making these books for past few months. . Special thanks to Visa for sponsoring the library project and to Intuit India and McAfee for the support. Special thanks to Saranya Natarajan, Trupti and Ahalya. Our Lead head Chaitu Nagaraju headed the project to make it happen. Your work has brought those smiles on the faces of children. Wish to reach more schools this year. Let’s tactile and let them see the world through touch and feel.
75 Kms from Bangalore, is a small calm beautiful village where you get to meet 45 Visually Impaired children who are in their own beautiful world. We visited Kunigal for our 4th Tactile library setup. We had quite a different experience here. The staff of the school donated 2% of their salary every month for the development of the school. When we enquired where do children sleep? We were shocked to see a room with no Cots or even beds. Warden informed us that children are those below poverty line, they can’t even afford minimum fees. Hence we have decided to provide basic facilities including bed, bed sheet, cot and blanket for the school. We are looking forward for more volunteers and support. Thanks to Visa for sponsoring these libraries and all the volunteers who helped us making these books.
182 KM from Bangalore, Here we complete our 5th Tactile Library for blind. Had some wonderful learnings in this school. Teachers explained on the difficulty to explain Maths to small children. They shared the need for wooden model designs and few educational materials.
Sad part was looking at 8 year old a Visually Impaired+ intellectual disability child Asiya along with these kids. She was in her own world. There is no organisation which works for Visually Impaired + multiple disability. We are hoping to connect her to the right source.
Our 6th and 7th library is now set up in Bangalore. Two extreme cases!! Team visited Jyothi home and Karnataka welfare association for blind, Bangalore. It’s two different sight altogether, where Jyothi Home Visually Impaired children have all the facilities and are learning to be independent in life with a good environment at one end, and other side we saw Karnataka welfare association Children struggling with unhygienic place. Old unpainted schools, small class rooms, children wanting their basic needs. It’s a struggle for them everyday. A 10th Std student is gradually loosing his hearing and wants a support in Hearing aid. The school needs painting and children and staffs need to be taught about hygiene.