Esha (www.braillecards.org and www.clabil.org) is an initiative by volunteers to make life better for the blind. We use the word blind because its neutral. There is no disability, challenge or special ability attached to this. We are blind means we cannot see. Period. Just like you are sighted means you can see.
You can access the online library directly at www.braillecards.org/audio.htm
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
First Blind School Visit - by Sabrish Munendaran
be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable.
- John Milton”
When I visited the blind school along with
40 odd children from The Sri Ram School, I had a plethora of thoughts going in
my mind as to what to expect from this visit. This was my first active program
as part of my Social Innovative Program and it was an inspirational
experience.Despite being at a
disadvantage of knowing what they were deprived of, there
were smiles, happiness and hope in each and every visually challenged student
who was present. Be it the weaving of chairs using wires, playing harmonium and
tabla to produce some pleasant music to the ears or the computer lab where I
discovered a new innovative way to operate a computer, each and every moment I
spent there was inspirational. While I was caught in the moment, I also looked
at the faces of students from The Sri Ram school, curiosity filled expressions
was seen across the room. I was sure that for many of us it was the first time
we were experiencing something extraordinary like this.We also managed to have a look at how Braille
writing was done and I was surprised with the supreme level of precision the
visually challenged people showed while making Braille content.
What lesson am I going to take from this
visit? The lesson called Hope. There’s dialogue from a very famous movie called
The Shawshank Redemption that goes like this “ Hope is a good thing, it is one
of the best of things and no good thing ever dies” . What I saw there in the 3
hours I spent was Hope in action. We may be deprived of many things in life but
there is always a reason for us to hope. And we should respect and acknowledge
the things we have in a positive way and live our life to the fullest.
Thats the group before they left for the visit - L-R - Sahil, Rosemary and Sabrish