Train the Trainer Program
All through the year Mitra Jyothi is part of various "Train the Trainer" programs. One such program was “Adaptation of Text Books”, a one week short term CRE (Continuing Rehabilitation Education) program that was organized by NFB in collaboration with NIEPVD from 16 Jan 2018 to 20 Jan 2018. It was a very effective workshop for training special educators in schools across the state. The focus of the workshop was content creation in braille and how it can be effectively used. 31 special teachers from various schools were selected to attend this workshop.
A three-member team from Mitra Jyothi went to impart training on the fifth day of the workshop. The team comprising of LN Reddy, Madhu and Anand who have ample domain knowledge having worked extensively in creating Audio books and Braille books, were the trainers from Mitra Jyothi. The topics they covered were – digitization of text books to make them accessible in multiple formats, methods of preparing language textbooks for visually impaired students in Braille, formatting methods used when preparing braille books including Interline spacing method, Interpoint method, adoptation methods for images & Braille translation methods using the software tool “Duxbury Braille Translator”. Challenges faced during the preparation of language textbooks and new technological changes were also discussed.