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Children experiencing 3D model of Qutub Minar
Children experiencing 3D model of a Bridge
“Fingers are for blind persons, what eyes are for the sighted”
Saksham Trust has started a project by introducing Replicas of heritage Monuments through its informal Education Programme.

A visit to a museum or a site of historical importance is enjoyable as well as educational for everyone.

Heritage sites can be made accessible when they are developed and adapted to meet the needs of those individuals who may otherwise not have access to them.

The importance of having such replicas is not just for blind but also for sighted , who have heard about it but have not had the opportunity to “see” them .The replica is created to the scale but in a smaller size. Replicas must always be accompanied with description that need to be in form of a verbal tour of the place. This verbal tour can be provided in form of a booklet or audio recording.

It stands to reason that children who are visually impaired or deaf-blind would be more reliant on touch or their tactile sense to experience the world. These children have different needs and different skills related to their use of touch in learning. Unfortunately, many of us don’t know all that much about how to help these children develop better tactile skills and make better use of their tactual sense.

We are beginning to use hand-under-hand in our interactions with these children, and becoming more mindful of what message our touch conveys. We are providing them with a greater variety of textures and materials and giving them more time and opportunities for independent exploration of these objects. We are recognizing that hand use progresses systematically simply by the child completing constant repetition of specific hand movement schemes. We are thinking about touch as it relates to literacy and general learning. In short, we are becoming better educated about the importance of developing touch in all our children with visual impairments and deaf-blindness.

Developing the sense of touch and good hand use skills are important goals for any child who is blind or deaf-blind.

Number of REPLICAS of Historical Monuments completed: 6

Visited by: Students NOIDA / NCR

Anubhav is a special tactile gallery that aims to expand access for all visitors, particular visitors with disabilities. It has on display 22 tactile replicas of museum objects, carefully chosen from the vast collection of National Museum by its curators representing 5000 years of Indian art.

Under the UNESCO and National Museum Project, Saksham helped in making the gallery accessible for the Visually Impaired with Audio and Tactile Output.

The idea is to provide a rich and engaging experience to visitors aesthetically, historically and intellectually. The objects range from archaeological finds, sculptures, and tactile impressions of paintings, utilitarian objects, ethnographic objects and decorative arts.

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