Audio Books for B.Ed Courses launched

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Audio Books for B.Ed Courses launched

S. Amuthavalli frequently appeals to her classmates to read out from the B.Ed textbook to prepare for her examinations. But often, the student with visual impairment gets no for an answer from friends who are too busy writing assignments or preparing for their own examinations.

“It is difficult finding a reader, particularly in places outside Chennai,” says the student from Tiruchi who was here in Chennai on 1st May, 2011 to receive the audio textbook for B.Ed courses that was launched by Nethrodaya, a city – based self – help organisation for the visually impaired.

“Besides, most of us are first generation learners and we cannot take help from family, either,” she adds. The DVD has recordings of the common syllabus of the B. Ed course.

A large number of persons with visual impairment pursue the teacher training course, given the nature of the job and the one per cent reservation made by the government for the visually – challenged.

“We therefore felt that launching the audio study material in the form of recorded DVDs, of the B.Ed course is crucial and would help a lot of students particularly from rural areas,” said C. Govinda Krishnan, founder, Nethrodaya.

Around 150 students, mostly from rural backgrounds all over Tamil Nadu, had come to the city to receive the DVDs which they hope would help reduce the dependency on readers.

A free community hall for the differently – abled was also inaugurated as part of the event.

The hall has been constructed using a donation of 7 lakh.

Inaugurating the hall and releasing the audio study material, T. Mathivanan, judge, Madras High Court said that the visually challenged had various legal provisions which they should be aware of.

Free legal aid service

“The free legal aid service is being provided to the visually – challenged and the economically backward which should be utilised,” appealed Mr. Mathivanan.

A. Sankar Narayaan, senior advisor, C.K. Birla Group and R.S. Vasan, commodore, Indian Navy (Retd) spoke. Playback singer Saindhavi enthralled the audience with her songs.

Persons with disability could avail themselves of the community hall free of cost. For details, call : 26533680.