Braille translator equipment to help visually impaired college students
For those visually impaired, education has been one of the major tool to become self-reliant and independent. However, getting higher education has been a major challenge for them due to lack of proper channel and availability of the means to pursue higher education. Analyzing all these problems through their decades of experience, Bengaluru based Snehadeep Trust for the Disabled has procured braille translator equipment, which will be used for coming up with braille textbooks for college students.
This braille translator equipment has been procured by Snehadeep Trust for the Disabled at a cost of Rs 4 lakh with the financial support from Kannada Sangha, Hongkong and Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited. Meanwhile even the paper which would be used would be very costly and is not available locally. Each paper where the text will be translated and embossed in braille would cost Rs 2 each and they will have to procure it from Hyderabad, Chennai or Dehradun.
As of now braille textbooks for the visually impaired are available only at the school level. There are no braille textbooks for the visually impaired college students. They are learning with the help of tape recorders and then writing examinations with the help of scribes. Unless they get braille embossed textbooks they would not be independent and they would not know the spellings and will not be able to pursue their higher education, said Paul Muddha, Managing Trustee, Snehadeep Trust for the Disabled.
About its working, the braille translator transcribes written documents, such as textbooks, magazines and novels, into braille. First the textbooks are scanned and then they are edited. The braille translator software translates the normal text into braille which then goes for braille embossed printing. Meanwhile, Snehadeep Trust alone is supporting about 50 visually impaired students who are pursuing higher education- Pre-University College and under graduate course. This apart, there are another 130 visually impaired students pursuing higher education from across the city for whom the Trust has been providing all kind of support. Meanwhile, several other NGO’s who are working for the cause of visually impaired across the State have been inquiring about the braille textbooks for higher education from the Trust.