Friday, July 3, 2020

What Covid means to visual disability: Guest Post by Himasutha


'My finger was cut while working in January 2020, my father expired in February, and I used my money to finish all the final rights. In March, the lockdown was imposed, making my situation worse'. These sentences were stated by a blind man, who was working in a factory, currently unemployed and finding it difficult during this Covid-19 situation to meet the basic needs of his family. After interviewing four individuals who are blind, and all of them stated that they wished they received help from the government during this horrifying situation. 

'In this difficult situation, with no one in my family working, I wish my wife, who isn't blind, is employed'. The sentence was stated by an individual who desperately wants to come out of this tragic situation. The same individual reported that when he went to a nearby place in Kashiram colony, Noida for his family to stay in, people said they'll let the police trash him and his family if they did not leave. The individuals stated that they received the regular supply of the goods ration shops from the government. They also said that they would like to get back to work and earn some money for their family to be in the right place.

During this situation, blind people can be unintentionally ignored. Their problems can be hidden in society. Being blind, unfortunately, deprives the individuals of applying to few jobs, and standing on their own feet may need a little support. 

To help them stand on their own feet during the COVID 19 situation, the government could implement few policies that benefit the blind individuals and help them receive money. Creating jobs during this situation can be hard; therefore, the government could allocate money that can be distributed to differently-abled individuals. For the blind and disabled individuals, online skill development classes can be conducted that will enhance their skills and help them grab jobs once the situation gets better. Speaking to them, they indicated that having a career in their hand could make them independent, and there is nothing better than this. They could be encouraged to look at different professions, such as coaching, chefs, artists, teachers, journalists, etc. The list is endless, provided with an opportunity they would love to grab it and stand independent.

During this hard time, we must note that not everyone is sitting in their house and having a quality time with their family. Few individuals are suffering from this dark phase and are waiting to live a happy life. We could all help in their upliftment and make sure everyone gets through this pandemic safe and comfortable.


Saturday, May 30, 2020

Let's Listen: Riddles Today

Today, its riddle time! Nirnita Nyahatkar recorded these riddles last year. See how many of these you can crack! Language: Hindi.
http://bit.ly/2RnF5ax

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

One Story a Day

This summer, let's listen to one good story a day.
Today's story is a Hindi story by Premchand: Bade Bhai Sahab.

Listen to it here:
http://goo.gl/XnNdjP

Friday, May 8, 2020

Esha Summer Project 2020 is here!

So what if we are at home? The Esha Summer Project, which allows volunteers to contribute from home, is back!

Our choices are fewer, but they are all super exciting!

Check out the Summer Project presentation here. 

And then, once you have made up your mind, (and only when you have made up your mind)

REGISTER HERE. 

Registrations close 20th May.
Update: We have reopened registrations based on your 
inputs. Registrations are now open till June 5. 

This is really important: DO NOT REGISTER IF YOU ARE NOT SURE.

A lot of our time and effort is invested in each volunteer. But more importantly, it just makes us sad when people register for fun and then simply don't show up or backtrack. 

Monday, February 10, 2020

CLABIL Android app taken down for now

Last year, after our research on the knowledge acquisition patterns of the knowledge have-nots, we arrived at some key insights:
A. After a 12 hours work day, no weekly off, they don't want gyaan. They want entertainment to wind down.
B. The social networks are very strong. So if they want any information, they are more likely to go to the social network than the internet. The converse is also true - knowledge transmitted through the social network finds more acceptance and credibility than knowledge generally available on a knowledge platform.

Accordingly, at this time, we have taken CLABIL off the App store. The web interface - www.braillecards.org/audio.php is live and being updated constantly. But the app has been taken down for now. The cost of hosting the app database alone was higher than the cost of the entire project, and the app had found very little adoption. We knew from the research that it was, indeed, a DESIGN issue, and we need to go back to the drawing board.

We are currently working to redesign the app and combine it with some pilot behaviour change models, and the results thereof.

The next stage in this journey is this:
1. We will do the report writing of the work done so far.
2. Secondary research and Detailed interviews with people who have successfully led knowledge initiatives to identify the key parameters that go into a successful knowledge program.

We are, of course, looking for volunteers for both. The ideal people will be Grade 10,11,12 students who want to understand social change from a macro, strategic perspective and want to understand how social change is a result of deep strategy executed with everyday rigour, not a feel-good activity that people just turn up to do.

We are at eshabraille@gmail.com

Thank you!  

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Esha completes 15 years today

Today, as quietly as every year, Esha completes 15 years of its existence. 

Sending special thanks to the Universe, for making Esha a drop in the ocean. 

And to everyone who has supported Esha - Every day, in every way. 

Thank you! 

Monday, December 2, 2019

Downloadable Audio Classic Poetry

If you are fond of Classic poetry and want to spend some good time in listening to them, then feel free to use these links.



The Wife Of Flanders


The Wise Men


To Edmund Clerihew   Bentley

To Hilaire Belloc

Monday, November 25, 2019

Downloadable Audio files for Case Studies

If you are looking for case studies to help you through a long car ride, or if you are an MBA aspirant looking for cases to practice, feel free to use these. These are copyright free cases:

The Case of the Payroll Processing Mixie

The Case of the Strange Employees

Performance Appraisal Public Announcement

The Case of the Worried Man

To Chew or to Eschew

The Takeover Tango 

Perfect Competition Case

There are a lot more cases available here: www.braillecards.org/audio.php

Navigate to English> 100 Case Studies



Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Help Wanted M.tech Students

A blind M Tech student is looking for a reader for his subjects (a fellow M. Tech student who can read his content and probably help explain them). The subjects in which he needs help are:

Browser Security
Firewall security 
protocols Design
Cross site scripting 

If you can find any student who can get on video/audio calls with this student, maybe once a fortnight, to work together on the concepts, that will be very helpful. 

Please write to hello@braillecards.org or comment on the post.

Update: This requirement has been met. Thank you.