Kolkata, May 10 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Third Eye, an NGO working for the visually challenged, Sunday donated 15 titles, in both English and Bengali, to nine schools for blind in the vicinity of Kolkata.
[ReviewAZON asin=”0931993954″ display=”inlinepost”]On the occasion the first and second volumes of Rabindranath Tagore’s “Gitabitan” was also distributed in Braille edition, in association with National Association for the Blind.
Speaking on the occasion, Mahua Seth, Founder Trustee, The Third Eye Charitable Trust, said, “It is a small beginning. But we have great plans. Till now the visually challenged kids had no access to story books. We plan to open up a world for them with Braille editions of fictions, classics and non-fictions.”
She went on to add, “Till now they heard stories. Now they can touch and feel the words and in turn be touched by them. We have already acquired titles from publications like Penguin, Tulika, Scholastic and a few others and have published Braille books in Tamil, English, Hindi and Bengali. But we want to take it pan India.”
Dr Kanchan Gaba, Secretary, National Association for Blind, West Bengal, said, “Braille is still very relevant to a blind child. Nowadays when children learn hearing they develop weak spellings and have a poor sense of construction which proves to be a hurdle when they seek jobs. These Braille books will help them touch the words, know spellings and make them educated in true sense. It is a great venture and we are happy to be a part of it.”
Ms Vishnupriya of Third Eye informed that they planned to bring out an online newspaper and magazine for the visually impaired in near future.
Besides, books were also given to the Blind section of Calcutta University.