The most significant achievement of this year is the up gradation of the production of accessible books, we refer to this as Library Digitalization Process. As part of it, our staffs were trained to publish books in various accessible formats like e-text, e-Pub, Braille, DAISY and MP3 from a master base accessible copy.
This year marks the stabilization of the CEWD and the Braille Press! Printing school textbooks and other books to nurture the reading habit among the visually impaired by building Braille Libraries in selected schools, begins. This year also saw a new collaboration start with Bookshare and Sugamya Pustakalaya!
This was the year that brought the “Centre for Empowerment of Women with Disability” (CEWD) and our Braille Press to life! The construction of CEWD was completed and the facility was inaugurated in Dec 2015. Under a grant from the Govt of India, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
Silver Jubilee Year! This was a landmark year for Mitra Jyothi as we celebrated our 25th Anniversary! Another milestone this year was the induction of people with vision impairment in IT industries and Placement Cell.
Construction of CEWD continues with full-steam and Mitra Jyothi in collaboration with CBM hosts a two day National conference on higher education for girls with vision impairment promoting accessibility and transportation.
This was a very eventful year where Mitra Jyothi in partnership Samarthya conducted “Access for All”, a series of workshops in Sri Lanka and six states of India viz. Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh & Goa.