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    • Synergy is a student committee and a network to empower the visually challenged.
    • We believe that each individual is blessed with enormous potential energy, irrespective of social, physical or economical barriers.
    • This is a pie chart depicting how people use their senses in the process of learning, as sketched out by a recent study.


  • nowing one's weaknesses is one of the greatest strengths one can possess. Diversity makes life interesting and challenging.
  • amongst a number of specially or differently abled people, there are:
    • Visually challenged.
    • Physically challenged.
    • Hearing and speech challenged.
    • Mentally challenged
  • However, more than anything, "Acceptance is the key to surpass every obstruction."


    • Around 60 million Indians are differently abled, thats 6% of our total population.
    • Our policy makers, decission makers and politicians look at this statisstics as a charity issue and a welfare issue, but it is a developmental issue.
    • No country can progress living 6 % of its population in the lurch.


    • It is the condition of lacking visual perception due tophysiologicalorneurologicalfactors.
    • Various scales have been developed to describe the extent ofvision loss :
    • Total blindness
    • Low-vision


  • "once determined, no obstacles in the path of success.
    • How do they study?
    • Braille - a script that requires punching paper to read the raised dots created, by feeling them.
    • Other assistive technologies Technology is creating a severe breakthrough in all the walks of life.


    • Computers are operated using screenreaders and other special softwares and hardwares like JAWS, Magic magnifier, Supernova, Braille embossers, Braille displayers, handheld magnifiers etc.
    • Printed material is read by scanning and running the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on the scanned image.
    • Lectures and notes are recorded using portable media devices (Voicerecorders and MP3players).
    • Symbian-enabled mobile handsets are operated using mobile screenreaders like Mobile Speak or Talks.


    • Apart from the eyes, every other sense organ is on the high alert to observe and grasp the place and the surroundings.
    • A white cane is used to cross the road and feel the ground before stepping on it.
    • width and texture of the road, sound of the moving vehicles, traffic signals, bus-stops, speed breakers and buildings become some of the significant landmarks to travel independently. talking watches, colour detectors, talking calculators,Money ditecturs, talking microwaves etc are very useful at times.
    • A device called threater is used to insert the threat into the eye of a needle.
    • For a better understanding of how these people do their day-to-day activities, just go on with whatever you were upto with eyes closed for a while.


    • Visually challenged are working for various orgs like Google, Microsoft, GE, IBM , SBI , Canara Bank , infosys, Cry, Green Peace etc, on par with their other colleagues
    • Some 250 different job profiles identified can be performed by differently abled.
    • They are working in almost all the levels of jobs across various industries, like lecturers, statisticians, artists, HR professionals, entrepreneurs, docters, research analysts, engineers, IT professionals and so on.


    • The representation of a diverse workforce
    • Channels to further creativity and innovation in the organization.
    • A source of inspirationto others.
    • An alternate source of suitable candidates


    • Know that Their basic requirement is a feasible work place solution and a barrier free environment.
    • As their colleagues, dont let them left out involve them in all your activities, with no presumption.


    • TV Raman - a software programmer at Google.
    • Rajani-First lady Chartard Accountant of India.
    • Ravindra Jain - a Music Director.
    • Duncan McLaurin - A 14-year-old who launched a space rocket.
    • Miles hilton-barber -adventurous and the first blind pilet .
    • Eric Alexander - a mountaineer who climed the mount everest.
    • Jhon Milton (you know who?).It doesnt end here.

13. It s quite incredible that many blind people are into various walks of life where vision generally plays a prominent role like in. 1. Painting2. Photography 14. 15. 16.

  • Any uncertainties in communicating with a visually challenged person?
    • Express yourself through words rather than using visual gestures or signs.
    • be frank enough while enquiring about anything including matters relating to their eye-sight.
    • Let them know when you enter or leave the room. If you see someone else entering, then just announce their name.
    • Describe the surroundings clearly.
    • read to them points written on signboards and trace diagrams on their hands.
    • Talk directly to the visually challenged person without using the accompanying person as an interpretor.
    • Dont leave them ignored, just think of them as another member of your group.
    • Remember they are only visually challenged, and all other senses are perfectly ok. So just go by your reasoning power, and youll do well.
    • Vision loss is a mere inconvenience, not a disability. They are differently abled


  • Building the teem through announcements, PPT's, identifying suitable candidate.
    • Take the guidance of aprofessor as the mentor
    • brainstom on the projects to take up.
    • You'll find many projects if you register on
    • Fix a time line for the complition of the project
    • Identify sources of Finance
    • Importance of Marketing and Media
    • Dealing with Transition stage


  • To do a research on NGO's visit Websites like
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  • Interact with the beneficiaries.
    • Give your donation in kind than in cash
  • Ensure to make funds available for productive purposes like library membership, , scholarships, college fees etc.
    • It is a good idea to check back if the donations have been worthly made use of.


  • Make your time more memmorable by being
    • Scribe
    • Reader
    • Online tutor through VoIP like (Skype, Google talk, Yahoo messenger)
    • Recordbooks
    • Edit the scanned books.
    • Or: tell us what you can do.
    • If you do your bit, we'll be able to do ours!