OUTREACH

Smartkit
Smart Kit Distribution at Saksham

Smart kits were distributed at Saksham School on 31st May 2017. The visually impaired persons who received the smart kits were also given 3 days training on using smartphones and smart canes by Mr. Afzal (Assistive Technology Specialist working at Saksham) for their independent living and mobility.

Bhaag milkha bhaag
Audio Description with UNESCO

Yet an other attempt to reach out to a wider audience, Saksham collaborated with UNESCO and audio described three movies that were to be screened

KABALI Gets an Audio Description
KABALI Gets an Audio Description

A team from Sakshamwent to Chennai to audio describe the famous Rajnikant Movie “KABALI”. Over 700 visually impaired people from 10 organisations and children of two underprivileged schools had a treat when Rajinikanth’s Kabali was screened for them at Sathyam Cinemas in Chennai. Organised by Radio Mirchi 98.3

Special Educators in the making turn to Saksham for training
Special Educators in the making turn to Saksham for training!

This month Saksham was host to trainees from Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust. The batch of special educators specialising in Visual Impairment came to Saksham for their short term internship. Under the able guidance of the Principal of Saksham, they have been able to successfully complete their internship and are more practically trained now. Saksham has signed a MOU with Amar Jyoti, which runs a RCI recognised course , to provide opportunity for practical teaching where they will be evaluated by the faculty of Saksham

Launch of Sugayama Pustakalaya
Launch of Sugayama Pustakalaya- an online library for Persons with Print Disability

Sugayama Pustakalaya” is an online platform that makes accessible content available to print-disabled people. The library houses publications across diverse subjects and languages in multiple accessible formats

AWARENESS & TRAINING

SmartCane distribution
SmartCane distribution and training in Maharashtra

On 27th and 28th March 2017, SmartCanes were made available to 20 young visually challenged individuals in Mahabaleshwar, who are engaged in the business of making and selling unique designs of candles in the local markets. As the nature of their work requires them to move around a lot, these individuals were extremely happy after receiving the SmartCane device and the training to use it, and they felt that it can significantly increase their safety and independence by providing them protection against obstacles. An emotional Meena (one of the user who got the SmartCane) said that this device will help me to protect myself from socially ocward situations that I have to face often, and this will really change my life. A special thanks to Rotary Club of Pune for helping us to make a difference in the lives of more .

SmartCane Launch in Bahrain
SmartCane Launch in Bahrain

Rotary Club of Manama, Bahrain took the initiative of improving the mobility of persons with blindness in Bahrain with SmartCane device. Understanding the importance of safe and independent mobility, Rotary tea coordinated with the Friendship Society for the Blind to organize a distribution cum training workshop on 21st January 2017. During the workshop, 20 SmartCane devices were donated to the members of the society. All the beneficiaries along with a group of trainers from different organizations working for the blind in Bahrain were trained in the using the SmartCane device for day to day mobility. Master trainer Mr.Piyush Chanana from SmartCane team visited Bahrain to conduct the training.

Training workshop in Andhra Pradesh
Training workshop in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

A training workshop on SmartCane was organized with over 500 students and young professionals in Secunderabad in the state of Telangana. The workshop was held on 2nd of October in collaboration with Devnar Foundation for the Blind. This event was a part of a series of training programmes, which was followed by a trainers’ training workshop that was held with 66 students pursuing Bachelors and Master degree courses in special education.

SmartCanes distributed
SmartCanes distributed at Navsari to people with blindness on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday

On 17th September 2016, more than 1000 visually challenged individuals received SmartCanes from PM Narendra Modi as part of the largest ever distribution camp for aids and assistive devices, that was organised in Navsari district of Gujarat. As part of this Samajik Adikarita Shivir organized by Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, more than 11000 PWDs were provided assistive devices. Various dignitaries including The Governor of Gujarat Shri O P Kohli, Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Vijay Rupani, Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, as well as several other union and state ministers attended this event.

SmartCane Workshop at Jagriti School
SmartCane Workshop at Jagriti School, Pune

Jagriti School for the Blind, Pune organized a summer camp for nearly 50 girls with visual impairment. Understanding that the independent travel is one of the most important requirement for the seeking education and work, the project director Ms. Sakina Bedi took the initiative of organising one day workshop on Safe and Independent Mobility for all the camp participants. In the workshop, participants were taught the fundamentals of cane mobility and were given detailed training on using SmartCane device for travelling safely by avoiding collisions with various types of obstacles. Believing in the potential of the technology and the positive impact it can have on the mobility of persons with visual impairment, the school is working closely with the Rotarian Mr. Anil Bora to raise funds for providing SmartCane devices to more than 100 female students studying in the school.

RECREATION & INCLUSION

Christmas event celebrated in Saksham School
Christmas celebration at Saksham Daksh School

Christmas is a religious and cultural Christian festival celebrated annually to commemorate the birthday of Jesus Christ. The Christmas celebration at Saksham Daksh School was very special indeed, for it marked the joyous moments and outlined an overall thrilling and outstanding performances delivered by the kids. The kids themselves took charge of all the activities and organised and conceptualised an entire event with the support of teachers. Recitation of poems, skit, singing songs was a part of the roller-coaster fun ride given by all the kids to the teachers and the visitors. The Principal along with all the teachers appreciated the enthusiastic and zealous efforts of all the kids. The day ended on a beautiful note accompanied by cake cutting, and gifts distribution amongst the kids.

Marathon Digitization Session
Marathon Digitization Session

A " Marathon Digitization Session " in Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi was organized on Wednesday, November 29th from 8:30am to 6:30 pm a 10 hours run. Saksham conducted the event in partnership with the National Association for the Blind and Tagore International School. The process involved editing scanned pages of a book, doing a quality check on it and thereafter compiling the edited pages back in the form of a book. We successfully able to complete the marathon with 1369 pages that covered 6 books and 100 pages from the 7th book. The purpose of this event was to make education accessible for persons with print disability by digitizing the printed books. The idea is to create a sense of responsibility on our youth to help people who are lagging behind because of their visual impairment and make them the part of our country's growth story.

RECREATION & INCLUSION
Recreation & inclution

Saksham organized a workshop on the subject of the audio description and adding subtitles for making movies accessible for the persons with blindness and hearing disabilities. The workshop was followed by the screening of the audio described and subtitled version of the movie Dangal on 6th May 2017 at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi. The event was organised in collaboration with UNESCO and Directorate of Films, Government of India.

The Children's week
The Children's week

Oodles of enthusiasm, tons of excitement and a never say no spirit. The students of Saksham looked forward to the Children’s week. Here is a look at the week long activities to keep the spirit alive

Art Competition with a difference
Art Competition with a difference

In an initiative to boost the self esteem and confidence of children with disability, an Art Competition was organised by UNESCO in collaboration with Saksham. Different mediums like clay modelling, painting and sculpture were offered

STUDENTS of SAKSHAM rise and shine
STUDENTS of SAKSHAM rise and shine

Durgesh, an integrated student of Saksham, studying in Bal Bharti Public School, Noida, stood first in the Inter school Hindi Recitation competition

Inclusive education a dream
Inclusive education a dream turning into reality

Students of Saksham who are studying at Dharam Public School were included as participants in an intra school art competition, involving clay modelling and painting, organised with in the school itself. The initiative is certainly worthy of appreciation

Independence day Celebration
Independence day Celebration

The tricolours filled the school on 14th August when Saksham school witnessed the Independence Day Celebrations. The occasion was graced by the members of the Rotary Club who were extremely impressed byseeing the students of Saksham perform different acts in the function. The sound of melodious songs, sung by the girls of Saksham, filled up the air of Saksham and the street play brought out their patriotic feeling. A Fancy dress show was also presented in which the children depicted people from different states

Visit to the Farm
Visit to the Farm

As an integral part of the curriculum, the students of Saksham’s PARIVARTAN Group (Vocational Training) were engaged in an excursion to the farm. The students got a chance to get close to nature, feel the vegetables and walk on the trail in the fields. In a conversation with the farmers, they understood the entire process of cultivating vegetables and the importance of farming.