Audio Book Recording
This project has been initiated with the Graham Mehere Award of Vodafone Foundation. It is specifically for the visually impaired. Currently 49% of all disabilities in India are related to vision….and even though not being able to see affects them in all walks of life, probably the most profound effect is on education and learning. The visually impaired struggle for basic education- though braille is thought of as a solution, it is not enough...because there simply are not enough books in Braille to be of help. Braille books are bulky & expensive to mass produce or replicate. And without books the Visually impaired struggle through our education system...dependant on the limited archaic books, handed down through generations. Through this project we are going to change the entire delivery mechanism for Education for the Visually impaired. We are recording the entire curriculum and other useful texts and manuals recorded- so that students can listen to all that they want to learn. Audiobooks are becoming increasingly prevalent in west and so the idea doesn’t seem to be very new. But there are inherent problems with audiobooks as well: they have to be saved on mp3 players or cassettes or CDs and again managing one additional piece of technology will be a challenge for the Visually impaired. So we are taking it a step further and getting all this information and learning recorded onto a toll free shortcode that can be accessed from anywhere anytime using a simple mobile phone. The menu for accessing the different subjects and chapters can also be voice controlled. The advantages are numerous because education and knowledge will be available for them whenever wherever they want it, they don’t have to be dependent on readers or Braille books or other alien pieces of technology like players etc (which they are likely to lose as well). All they need is the ubiquitous mobile phone!
Swabhiman has recorded +3 books as per (Utkal University syllabus). Recording of honours books of Sociology, Political Science, History, Philosophy, Public Administration, Odia, Home Science and Guide Book for Odisha Teachers’ Eligibility Test (OTET) has completed. Volunteers are involved in the process of audio book recording.
A significant section of young physically and socially challenged children who excel in academics, or creative and performing arts, have no or little means to pursue their chosen careers. These scholarships enable competent students, who may otherwise be economically weak, to receive higher education or professional training and thus pursue their dreams and careers and become economically self-sufficient and independent.
Swabhiman bought a Braille printer with the support of Steel Authority of India limited, in order to cater the needs of people with visual impairment in the state of Odisha. The printing of the Braille books is under process. Braille books have been produced to class 9th and 10th syllabus of Odisha government schools and distributed to BBC school and 18 other special schools. 2018 calendar, basic information about India, General knowledge and important circulars and RPWD act 2018 have been produced and distributed. The underneath were the schools who received braille books.
1. Bhima Bhoi Drustihina Bidyalaya, BBSR
2. L.B High School, Khandagiri, Bhubaneswar
3. School for the Blind, Ranipatna , Balesore
4. R.N. Betena, Bhadrak High School, Bhadrak
5. Nimapada High School for the Blind, Nimapada
6. Phulabani High School for the Blind, Phulabani
7. Burla School for the Blind, Burla
8. Bargard School for the Blind
9. Koraput School for the Blind, Koraput
10. Red Cross Drustihin Bidyalaya, Berahmpur
11 . School for the Blind, Baripada
Teacher Support in special School
This initiative was taken to employ persons with disability having talent and wanting to be independent. Swabhiman always helps persons who want to help students, be independent and do something for this country. Nasim Azam, Age- 25, speech and hearing impaired, was appointed as art teacher in Bipin Bhiari Choudary School for Deaf. He completed his schooling from the same school and has done M.V.A (Painting) from Utkal University of Culture. He also participated in various art exhibition conducted by various organisation. "We are thankful to Swabhiman for
giving him this opportunity to explore his talents" said his brother. Ms Manjusmita Panda from London, supports this endeavour. Swabhiman is thankful to her for supporting and giving a helping hand in employment of educated youth on the one hand and feeling the vacancy of teachers in the school in the other.
recognize the hard work of students with disabilities and celebrate their success in matriculation examination. “Prerana Samman” recipients are children with disabilities who despite many challenges were determined to succeed.
Application Form for Anjali Scholarship 2018-19