Esha (www.braillecards.org and www.clabil.org) is an initiative by volunteers to make life better for the blind. We use the word blind because its neutral. There is no disability, challenge or special ability attached to this. We are blind means we cannot see. Period. Just like you are sighted means you can see.
You can access the online library directly at www.braillecards.org/audio.htm
Friday, October 17, 2014
On October 11 2014 Esha conducted theater
workshop at SAP lab Gurgaon,SAP Labs researchers, design, and delivers leading
edge softer applications that enhance and extend. SAP solutions, and is
recognized within the SAP global organization as one prime contribution to
innovation, quality ans service.
Theater workshop done by Raju Koli.
These workshops are based on the Theater Technique, and are therefore,
inclusive, activity based, and fun. These workshops provide a refreshing change
from the standard Team Building and other workshops usually used employees and
friends in a group.
The main aim of these
1. To make the participants more aware of their own gifts
2. To make everyone a sensitive to the special needs of the differently-able.
The Read Fest is a
simple event conducted at SAP labs by Esha on oct 11 Employees volunteer. On
the designated day, a team of volunteers guides the readers to an empty
meeting/class room, provides books and keeps track of what has been recorded.
The reading volunteers
were encouraged to record in Indian languages. Most blind and print disabled
children are only familiar with an Indian language. We were able to collect lot
of data that will help visually impaired people.
Today we visited Saksham Bal Vikas
Sanstha, it was totally a different experience. Saksham Bal Vikas
Sanstha was created with a goal of changing this scenario and
building the foundation of knowledge among underprivileged children
to assure their socioeconomic development and bringing these children
in the mainstream society with an aim to finish the barrier between
them and the privileged children.
We went there to spread awareness about the
Esha’s online audio library that Esha had started. They were very
impressed by the audio library and also the collection of the
recording we are having. We also believe that the transformation in
the lives of these children can only when more and more fortunate
people start actively taking part in finding a solution. And our
audio library has been one of the thing which will help in the
development of the children.
At Saksham, every child has a right to the
opportunity to build a meaningful future. We felt that at Saksham
they are doing a wonderful job and it was a great experience visiting
there. And providing education means empower children.
As I am Esha’s coordinator I m
very glad to inform you that today I visited AADI- Action for Ability
Development and Inclusion situated in New Delhi, India. The rural arm
of AADI is AADI is headquartered in Dayalpur, haryana. AADI’s
vision is of a world in which people with disability are an integral
part of society, participating in the community and living life to
the fullest, with equitable access to opportunities and services.
very glad in knowing about the Esha audio online library and they
also said that its will very useful for them as well as for the
parents of the children coming there. They were saying that this
library is not only useful for the blind but for every disabled
person can use this library.
I am very
happy that through Esha I am getting such wonderful opportunities .
I am Alisha Esha’s coordinator.
Today I really had a wonderful experience. Today I went to Junta
Blind School, Gurgaon for painting workshop for the children with
major and minor sight loss.
The children were encouraged that
even those with little sight to take up this wonderful pastime. It is
very relaxing and a great way of enjoyment for the children.
I had assumed that blind people would have little interest or talent
in creating images. I was very wrong. It is clear that blind people
can appreciate the use of outlines and perspective to describe the
arrangement of objects and other surfaces in space. But pictures are
more than literal representations. For them theimportance of touch and feeling
is more when creating art without sight.
that they would always be an inferior way of creating art when
compared to what could be accomplished with eyesight. But more than
this though their entire perception has been changed. Children were
very happy and excited. Students asked me to repeat this workshop
again. And the best part was that even though they were having
difficulties in making the drawings they were not ready to give up.
They said they will slowly connect with this new thing they started
It was a really wonderful experience for both me and students.