About Braille Cards
What is a Braille Enabled card?
A Braille enabled card is simply a card on which your name, and perhaps the name of your organisation is written in Braille. This helps a blind person read your card and catalogue it.
Why should I get my cards Braille enabled?
If you are a company: Because it meets three of your needs at the same time:
- It goes towards your Corporate Social responsibility.
- It works towards employee sensitisation.
- If you were at the airport, and got a Braille enabled card, what would you think of the person? Either you would know that it’s a Braille enabled card, and you could go “how wonderful!” , or, you might ask the person if you don’t know. Either way, a positive conversation has been initiated.
You have a positive first impression.. and the person did not have to do a thing! Now, imagine that happening to you in a client meeting.. in a sales show.. in a conference with other CEOs.. at the airport.. It says a lot about the kind of company you are.. and does that without costing a lot! If you are a person:
1. Because it helps when you meet a person whose eyesight does not work too well.
2. Because it says a lot about who you are, without your having to say anything.
3. Because it makes you grateful for your own gift of sight, and reminds you of what you might be doing without them.
4. Because every time you handle that card, you remember that it means employment for a blind person. That is feel good guaranteed for at least 2 months!
What does a Braille Enabled card look like?
How do I read what is written on my card?
It takes less than 2 hours to learn Braille and to read your card. For a quick guide to the alphabet, please follow this link. It may not help you read all your cards, because the contractions are missing in this link. Contractions are sets of 2 letters represented by a single notation. E.g., sh, gh etc.. You can also request us to send you a guide for your card along with the delivery of cards. That way you can read the notation on your own card. http://www.loc.gov/nls/bds/card.html
How much does it cost?
It just costs Rs. 100 for a set of 100 cards. i.e., Re. 1 per card. You also have to bear the courier charges.
Is there a minimum number of cards?
How long does it take to get Braille enabled cards?
A week from the time that we receive your cards.
Is Esha the only agency doing Braille Enabled cards?
At the moment, the only one that we know of; please let us know if you know of any so that we may establish contact and partnerships.
What is the advantage of getting it done through Esha?
- The money goes directly, and only to the blind person.
- There are strict quality guidelines and service timelines.
Why is Esha doing this?
Because we believe in a dignified living for the blind. That’s all. There is no philanthropy involved.
Why doesn’t Esha accept monetary donations?
Our charter is to ensure a dignified source of living for the blind. We cannot, therefore, accept any form of charity – either for ourselves or for the blind people working with us.
About the Visually impaired.
Is the world of the blind really so bleak?
Be our guest. Visit a blind school today.
Why are there not more blind students in regular schools?
Precisely our question. And our effort.
What are the employment options currently available to the blind?
Teaching in the UGC quota, working at other blind schools, machine part work, candle making. Working at other NGOs.
How long does it take to learn Braille?
20 minutes normally, 2 hours at most.
Can I do Braille right after learning it in 2 hours?
Umm.. we also need an instrument to do Braille. The instruments available to us today are :
- Braille Slate: This is like a Braille notebook, where you insert the Braille paper and write each letter.
- Brailler: This is like a Braille typewriter.
- Braille Printer: This works just like the Laser Printer in your office.
You could use these in a Blind school near you, or buy the one that you’d like.
If I am an employer and I want to hire a Blind employee.. what’s the best place to look?
In a Blind school. The Blind Relief Association in Delhi and the National Association for the Blind, Mumbai, are good starting points. We also do have a small database of eligible blind people looking for employment.
What kinds of work can the Blind do?
The Blind can work in the BPO industry with some training. They can teach very well. They can run soft skills trainings. They can sing, and dance and act in plays. This list is purely indicative and not exhaustive.
Is it possible for me to help the Blind in any other way?
Yes. Please volunteer at any Blind School near you. Run Personality Development Workshops for them. Teach the children – they need teachers, particularly computer teachers. Prepare their resumes for them. Work with them on their English. If you have a cultural program coming up, get a troupe of blind students to perform. That will help the blind and your visitors. They will go home amazed! The possibilities are endless….