Wednesday, January 23, 2013

An exclusive library for visually impaired in city

An exclusive library for visually impaired is coming-up in Mysore District which houses text books, magazines, epics, books on general knowledge, litterateur and much more.

In a bid to provide library atmosphere for visually impaired, The National Federation of Blind (NFB) Mysore Unit, situated in Moksha Marga, Siddartha Layout is starting the library, which will be inaugurated next month. The NFB has succeeded in getting many books translated from Kannada, English to Braille with its Network.

The library houses Bible provided by Mission to the Blind, Ramayana, Mahabharatha, Karnataka Legal Service Book, KAS/IAS Training books, famous English litterateurs and much more. It has also housed text books of PUC, post graduation, under graduation to ease problems of visually impaired. Even good number of contraction braille books are available.

As many of the girls shy to share adolescent problems. NFB has taken the initiative to translate Gruhashobe, an monthly women magazine into Braille. By reading the magazine, visually impaired girls can know about various women related issues and enhance their knowledge.

NFB Mysore Unit President N Siddaraju says: “Getting braille books is an herculean task, specially for those doing post graduate and under graduate. There are many instances they get Academic books from Bangalore. The library will ease such problems.”

Earlier, with the helps of the volunteers we get the syllabus recorded in ipod or cassettes. After hearing repeatedly, understanding the subject we used to make the notes in Braille. But, now I don't have such tension. I visit the library and go through the text books which are available in Braille,” says Syed Unis, II PU student, Lakshmipuram Government College.

I enjoy reading apart from hearing. Moreover, we can learn spellings while reading. The books on legal awareness has helped me to know about reservation, our rights, and other general issues,” says student Ramesh Kumar.
NFB is providing training for visually impaired, specially those residing in rural areas and don't have access to education. So far, about 13 members have been thought to read and write and are sent back to their respective villages. The Unit is providing free hostel facility for 27 visually impaired who are perusing their PG, Degree. Shortly computer training will also be provided.  

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