Blind School

According to the World Health Organization (2010 statistics), globally the number of people of all ages visually impaired is estimated to be 285 million, of whom 39 million are blind, the WHO study goes onto state that the preventable causes are as high as 80% of the total. There are contentious viewpoints on statistics about blindness and how effective current treatments and programs are. However, there are obvious examples of progress such as the surgical procedures at the Aravind Eye Hospital and the overall reduction in causes of child blindness due to multiple global programs of prevention and treatment. There are two schools in this documentary, both NGOs who are dedicated to supporting and teaching of the blind in both their local urban community and their rural outreach. These institutions may not make global headlines but they are on the frontline of coping with and seeking solutions in education, prevention, quality of life and employment opportunities for the blind and visually impaired.

The two schools featured are listed below. Further info can be gained and donations made through their websites.
Blind Peoples Association
Andh Kanya Prakash Gruh, school for girls

Ranchhod Soni, blind since birth and teacher at the BPA, also co producer of the autobiographical film documentary ‘Listening to Shadows'.
Mr. Tarak Luhar, Principal of the school, BPA
The countries first talking ATM, Ahmedabad, opened June 2012.
Reception, BPA
Toys and visual aids, BPA
Class for the visually impaired with additional disabilities, BPA
Learning aids, BPA
Classroom, BPA
3D rain painting, BPA
The interaction of touch, BPA
Methods to determine levels of visual impairment, BPA
Minder and student, BPA
Student, girls school
Class, girls school
Student with tactile arithmetic frame, girls school
Student with tactile arithmetic frame, girls school
In class, girls school
In the computer lab, keyboard input with speech response.
In the computer lab, keyboard input with speech response.
Classroom, girls school
Brail learning class, girls school
Student, girls school
Brail learning class, girls school
Student with tactile arithmetic frame, girls school
Brail class, girls school
Arithmetic class, girls school
Tactile ‘relief’ globe.
All images © Shaun Fynn