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RAKUM SCHOOL FOR BLIND | JAKKUR


RAKUM SCHOOL FOR BLIND | JAKKUR •  There were two Pre-Primary classes and there was a small open area in front of them •  Two of the lecturers were visually impaired •  There were no visually impaired children at the school •  The place had very few amenities •  In the demonstration we learned that Braille is a raised six-dot system •  Braille is written from right to left and read from left to right


RAKUM SCHOOL FOR BLIND | JAKKUR


RAKUM SCHOOL FOR BLIND | INDIRANAGAR


RAKUM SCHOOL FOR BLIND | INDIRANAGAR •  The lobby area doubled up as a seminar room as well as dance area •  The class rooms were quite dark and the rooms were small •  There was a central courtyard space as a play area •  There were sighted, partially blind and completely blind children in each class •  The children were taught orally without the use of the blackboard since the classes were mixed •  There were separate lessons in braille given by the blind teachers •  The charts with shapes and animals were embossed so that the children could understand the shapes through touch


RAKUM SCHOOL FOR BLIND | INDIRANAGAR


MATHRU SCHOOL FOR BLIND | YELAHANKA •  The spaces were well designed and airy •  The classrooms were well lit and comfortable for the students •  There were no blackboards as all the students were blind or partially blind •  The murals had words in braille and accompanying objects in relief •  There were also alphabet shapes engraved and accompanied by braille which was embossed •  The textures were rough but not sharp so that edges could be defined clearly •  The computer lab had text-to-speech enabled. The students were taught the layout of the keyboard in the primary standards •  There was also a braille printer could be used to print textbooks


CHILDREN’s DAY AT MATHRU | YELAHANKA


CHILDREN’s DAY AT MATHRU | YELAHANKA •  The children were walking holding each others hands and forming a line so that they wouldn’t go astray •  They were led by a teacher and there were 3-5 teachers keeping track of them from behind •  They were taken on a walk around the park to acclimatize them to the place •  The teachers had planned activities like running races. After which we conducted impromptu activities which relied on sound •  There were varying levels of enthusiasm and participation in the activities •  The children were quite smart and picked up the games really fast •  The games that we played let us understand their perception of sound


INFORMATION ABOUT BRAILLE | braille


INFORMATION ABOUT BRAILLE | braille


INFORMATION ABOUT BRAILLE | braille •  The system is based on combinations of six raised dots •  It is written from right to left using a pointed stylus on a tablet like the one shown here •  The paper is then turned over so that the text can be read from left to right •  There are short forms of words which are used instead of common words like ‘ab’ for about and ‘gd’ for good •  It takes between 2 to 6 months to learn braille and longer to become fluent


Beyond sight