Project Brief:
Project Type: Disabilities (description)
Primary Focus: children with disabilities (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Stanford
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Khyati Shah
Project Partner(s):
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , Andhjan Vividhlaxi Talim Kendra,,Jamnagar,
Stewarding Chapter: Stanford
Dec 2003StanfordUSD 5300

Total = $5300

The main goal of this project is to provide computer technology aid for the blind students so they can convert more books into Braille script for educational purposes. The school currently uses outdated manual machines that make the process of converting books into Braille a tedious and a labor-oriented job. This situation eliminates the conversion of books that can be utilized by children beyond their curriculum and therefore limits their opportunity to learn. By providing them with a Braille Production Unit, the school will be able to scan books directly and produce at the increased speed of conversion to 50 Braille characters per second as opposed to 2-3 Braille characters per second if done manually. At present, there are over 80 blind male students ranging from ages of 5-20 years and 95% of these students come from poor backgrounds. They are requesting a one-time fund of $7000 that includes Braille printer, computer, scanner, and translation/speech software and shipping/handling.
Andhjan Vividhlaxi Talim Kendra is one the few blind school serving the educational needs of blind students. This particular school provides room, board and educational services to blind men. Another school in an adjacent town provides similar services to the women. Andhjan school, located in Jamnagar, Gujarat, serves students ranging from 5-20 years of age and provides vocational training to those older. Most of the students come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and are provided with free education.