Workshop on Assistive Technology for Blind and Visually Impaired By Chakshumathi in Conjunction with Daisy Forum, India
Registration starts at 9.00 a.m.
Introduction: Till very recently, Braille books were the only savior for information distribution among people who are blind or visually impaired. Still, in many parts of the world, Braille is the only means for reading for blind even though the production is costly and time consuming. Since 1960s, Audio Books are also popular among the community. Audio books were originally recorded on analogue format and then transferred to a tape. Later, when the digital era started they were moved to digital 0format and copied to CD. These books were known passionately as “Talking Books”.
But these Audio books for the blind were like giving a sighted person a book printed on a roll of toilet paper – a really tiring effort to find the area you want to hear or repeat. For the first time in Kerala, we are proud to introduce Daisy Books for the blind and visually impaired community. Daisy Books could be navigated by the user in the same way a sighted reader browses and moves around a printed book. Chakshumathi, headquartered in Trivandrum is a part of Daisy Dream and a member of Daisy Forum India.
A not-for-profit organization, Chakshumathi is dedicated to bridge the information gap for the blind community and people with reading problems in India. Believing in Information rights for all” Chakshumathi is intent to produce Daisy books in local languages and English and bringing the network of hundreds of already published Daisy books from India and abroad through Book Share Club for the empowerment of the hapless blind community.
On Friday July 24, 2011, Chakshumathi is organizing an one day workshop on Daisy Books at Hotel Classic Avenue, Manjalikulam Road, Thampanoor, Trivandrum from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Since there is a limitation of 250 seats, kindly register right now to ensure participation. Admission to the workshop is free and the medium of instruction will be simple English. There will be also few introductory lectures in Malayalam.
One day complementary accommodation (June 23rd afternoon to 24th evening) and local transport to the workshop and back to the Railway and Bus Stations will be provided to those who come from other parts of Kerala.
If you wish to attend the workshop, please call to register though our help line: +91 8089926417, 9946764459 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Empowerment and Assistive Technology Centre for Blind and Visually Impaired
Sanskrit word “Chakshumathi” represents the Vedic educational science for blind. Chakshu means Eyes and Mathi means Wisdom. As known by the name “Chakshumathi”, the organization is a dedicated publishing unit for visually impaired and differently abled people, using the latest technology for the empowerment of these special classes of people to unite with the society at large, they are living in. Chakshumathi’s major aim is to build confidence on every blind person that they are also equally talented like the normal people with vision. In most cases blind people are blessed with hidden amount of intelligence than a normal person and they can easily surpass a normal person on his IQ and EQ if they are able to access information like people with vision. Chakshumathi is a humble attempt to bridge the information gap for the blind and people with reading difficulties. Besides the publishing activities, Chakshumathi is also actively involved in the welfare of blind community on a not- for-profit basis through their services on Eye Donation, Medical assistance to the needy blind people, Aptitude tests and carrier guidance with placement assistance, self help training programmes, educational assistance and Yoga for eye health.
The Centre will be inaugurated on June 24, 2011 at a down to earth ceremony at the Hotel Classic Avenue at the end of the Assistive Technology Workshop by Daisy Technologies, USA and Daisy Forum India.
Chakshumathi, TC 28/128, KRA 48, Post Office Line, Kaithamukku, Trivandrum-695024
Help line: 0471 32 35 484, +91 9847060034, 8089926417, 9946764459,