Making the visually-challenged digital-savvy

Rotary Club of Thane West, RID 3142, along with RCs Thane Green City, Khargar Midtown and Creekside, distributed Braille Me devices to 15 visually-challenged people in Thane and Mumbai.

Seated (from L) Parimala Bhat, founder ­Snehankit Helpline; Kedar ­Vidwans, ­president, RC Thana West; DGE Kailash Jethani and Jayant Joshi, club secretary, with the beneficiaries.
Seated (from L) Parimala Bhat, founder ­Snehankit Helpline; Kedar ­Vidwans, ­president, RC Thana West; DGE Kailash Jethani and Jayant Joshi, club secretary, with the beneficiaries.

Braille Me is a sleek, multi ­lingual digital Braille display device that helps the visually-­challenged access books, files and notes. It can work as a stand-alone or can be connected to a computer or a smart phone.

The device is equipped with 6-dot Braille cells, ­Bluetooth and an SD card facility. “The ­visually-challenged can now send messages on WhatsApp or SMS using this device. It also helps them in sharing text files and Excel sheets,” says Sadhana Vaze, the ­project lead and a past president of RC Thane West. RC Thane West is celebrating its golden jubilee this year and “we plan to distribute this device to 50 people to mark the occasion,” she says, adding that each device costs ₹30,000. Snehankit, an NGO working towards empowering the ­visually-challenged, is helping the club in identifying the beneficiaries.

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