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"Then suddenly, I knew not how or where or when, my brain felt the impact of another mind, and I awoke to language, to knowledge, to love, to the usual concepts of nature, good and evil...  I was actually lifted from nothingness to human life.

--Dr. Ms. Helen Keller (1880-1968)  

I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad.  Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.                                                            --Dr. Ms. Helen Keller

M.A. Rangoonwala Foundation Computerised Mini Braille Press - Byculla (est. 2002)

An integral function of the Helen Keller Institute is the Computerised Mini Braille Press, a pioneering project for the deaf and deafblind of India . Many deaf and deafblind work for the Helen Keller Computerised Mini Braille Press doing various computer-related programming and designing.  The young deaf adults are trained in graphic design and produce cards and tactile graphic educational material.  The blind, being proficient in braille, help to proofread the material and instruction in braille. The high functioning deaf-blind learn to use various Advanced Technological Equipment such as the Power Brailler, Braille Embosser, Tiger Advantage and Mountbatten Brailler.  With these resources, our deaf-blind persons produce tactile/graphic materials such as greeting cards, calendars, and other educational materials including science experiments, cards, a Human Anatomy, an Indian Atlas, and other books in Braille and Print.  Other aims include: Braille skills; English Language Development; and tutoring for S.S.C. (Secondary School Certificate).  

The Braille Embosser produces braille prints and is used primarily to print our newsletter "Deafblindness in Asia - A Communication Link".

Pradip Sinha (Deafblind) uses the Power Brailler.  It helps the deafblind to read the text from the screen on Braille.

A deafblind person communicates with a layperson using an Electronic Braille Display

Computer Education Program at HKIDB - Vashi (est. 2002)

The Vashi Institute was developed for the education and betterment of young deaf and deafblind students of India .  Deaf students have been introduced to computers at an early age and are first taught the basic operational functions.  They are encouraged to use their imagination to incept images onto the screen.

Using a state of the art touch-screen computer, three deaf-low-vision students work together to learn the intricacies of the computer

The deaf-blind students face greater challenges in learning and must be taught with specialized computers.  They first learn to use the Braille typewriter

For the younger deaf-low-vision students, sophisticated touch-screen monitors help with essential concepts such as identification.  Video enhancers enable low-vision students to read their books on a magnifying monitor.

Program for the Deaf is also monitored under the K-10 project.  This project envisages giving full computer education training to the staff, and in turn, the staff teaches the deaf students, as seen below.  The K-10 project also monitors how the staff imparts computer education to the students.

Helen Keller Institute for Deaf & Deafblind
Aditya Birla Centre, Vashi, Navi Mumbai
Tel: 2778 2193 / 2778 2214 / 2778 1226 / 2778 2108