Educational Resource Center
Mitra Jyothi provides accessible educational and general reading material to people with visual disability. It could be in any of the need based formats such as e-Text, Human Voice, Braille Prints, Large Print or other options. The “Talking Book Library” (TBL) and the “Braille Transcription Center” (BTC) are two Programs that cater to these requirements. With this, the need of both a young school child who will find Braille books more useful and adults who may switch to audio libraries and text to speech conversion technology for faster and more efficient reading is addressed.
Talking Book Library
The TBL works on creating digital audio libraries where printed books are converted into the “DAISY” (Digital Accessible Information System) format. DAISY is designed to be a complete audio substitute for print material and is specifically designed for use by people with visual disabilities and dyslexia. The TBL has 2400+ members across India to whom nearly 25,000 cassettes and audio CDs have been distributed over the years. These members effectively utilize about 2300 “Master” digital audio books whose copies are.
made and distributed to the members. Apart from automated text to speech conversion of books, most of the books are converted to the digital format with the help of volunteers who read the books.
ERC’s monthly Kannada audio magazine, ‘Sanchaya’ provides useful information on a variety of topics, including current affairs, health and IT. 250 editions of Sanchaya have been produced so far and more than 2600 copies have been distributed to Library Members at this time. ‘Spardha Shrunkhala’, is another monthly audio magazine in Kannada that guides students on competitive examinations. More than 2,200 copies of Spardha Shrunkala have been distributed since its inception in 2014 and hundreds of students have benefitted from it.
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