We continue to give education from Montessori to Secondary school certificate examination free of charge. We also provide other amenities such as free lodging and boarding, books, medical aid, etc..
The section comprises of Montessori and Braille classes. These classes are well equipped with beautiful tools and apparatus for sensory training useful for the students. We have equipped this class with toys and other fun activities, both outdoor and indoor. The activities planned at the school ensure overall mental and physical development of these children. From the age of 5, children are sent to sighted schools up to the 10th standard under the integrated education system. The curriculum and the subjects for these students are similar to those of normal school going children.
We provide vocational training to blind women as well. The boys are trained in chalk making, candle making, cane work etc. Women are trained in rescanning, weaving, handloom articles, chalk and candle making, knitting, simple sewing, job work, envelope making, etc. For personal development of the trainees, daily living skills, home management, orientation, domestic art and crafts are also included as daily activities.
Teacher Training Centre
The trust started a Teacher Training programmed in 1990 which is recognized by the Rehabilitation Council of India, New Delhi. There was a great demand for the teacher Training Centre as there was no other centre in Maharashtra providing this facility. This led to the establishing a Teacher Training Centre in Pune for Maharashtra. Till date we have successfully trained nearly 200 teachers.
Books mostly those books in Braille which are not easily available to our blind children such as storybooks, poem, novel, literature & also school curriculum books, Braille reading worksheets. Our 4X4 Pro Embosser is controlled by an ink and Braille labeled front panel combined with a speech feedback. It is easy to install and operate; both by blind and sighted people. For our Braille press we usually face shortage of paper and suitable card quality papers. So we are always in search of donors who can help us.
Girls Training Center
In the year 1979, the need for a vocational training centre for blind girls who couldn’t continue their education even till the 10th standard, led to the establishment of a training centre only for girls at Kothrud. In 1998, Mr. Shashank Paranjpe of Kirloskars Cummins, (today’s Cummins India) expended help in the construction of another facility for the same purpose.
In 2006, Dr. Wagholikar and his wife extended their support to ensure smooth functioning of the school.
Use of Information Technology
The 21st Century is known as the age of Information. Literacy in Information Technology has become an essential and integral part of our day-to-day life and is a must to grow and excel in the future. Even the blind children need to be up to date with knowledge and Information.
If students with visual disabilities are to participate on an equal basis with their sighted peers, then they must be given an equal opportunity to take advantage of the enormous benefits offered by IT. To fulfill this purpose the trust had also started a computer education facility in their institute from 2006.
Our institute imparts education and training in computer and IT related skills right from the 3rd standard. The students are first given basic instructions on how to use a computer, what are the different components and parts of a system and after that the students are trained in using a keyboard and its functionalities with the help of JAWS (a screen reader software). Packages like MS WORD and MS- EXCEL are also taught which help the students in preparing documents and tables that can be used in their daily activities. Literacy in information Technology can help in boosting the career of an individual by making him more employable. Employment opportunities are as data operator, programmer & there is large scope of it if it is used as tool for other professions.
The approximate cost of the JAWS software package is around Rs 50,000, while the cost of a Talking Typing Teacher software is around Rs. 18,000. Private individuals like businessmen, industrialists, etc. can extend their help and support for purchasing the JAWS software package by way of donations. Help in the form of providing training personally is also welcomed.