Vision Beyond Sight
What we do
We provide access to Braille kits, e-text and audio educational and recreational materials for blind, visually impaired and print -disabled people in developing countries such as India and Nepal. Through our volunteers and on-ground partners, Braille kits are sent to needy students, high school and university textbooks are scanned and converted to e-text format, and audio books are created as an alternative to the visual medium. Recently we have begun to create 3D objects that could be useful in teaching visually impaired students math and science. All this is done entirely from funds raised by Access Braille’s team through its network of friends and donors.
Rooted in our belief that every child has the right to education and access to it regardless of disability, our mission is to make available books and other educational and recreational literature to children in developing countries who need it.
Who we are
Access Braille is a non-profit organization based in Silicon Valley, California. We bridge the gap between literacy needs and the availability of accessible reading material for the visually impaired in developing countries. At this time, Access Braille is entirely volunteer-run, with professionals, students and advisors in the field of visual impairment pitching in to ensure the delivery of educational and recreational reading materials to those in need of them.
Why we do it
According to WHO, 285 million people are visually impaired, of which 90% reside in developing countries. Very few of them get a chance to access literacy. The reasons are varied: lack of transport, cost, and in most cases, the inability of mainstream schools to accept children with visual impairments as they do not have the skills or equipment to teach them. Shockingly, only 5% of all reading material is available in accessible format for the visually impaired. Access Braille is an organization that seeks to bridge the gap between the need and availability of educational material for the visually impaired.