How can we help blind people read story books?

Meet Saanvi, Devanshi, Tanushree, Absam, Aditi (Grade 7 & 8th)
Team “Once upon a time”, ICO Finalist

When Saanvi, Devanshi, Tanushree, Absam, Aditi, 12-year old students, visited a school for the blind in their city, they realised that it is a challenge for visually-impaired students to read story books as a limited number of story books are available in braille.

Idea

They started brainstorming ideas and decided to convert story books into audio books by recording them in their own voices. First step was to create a list of story books the children in the blind school wanted to hear. For this, they visited the school and interacted with the kids and understood what kind of books they liked.

We started our initiative, "Once upon a time..." with an aim of making audio books available to the visually-impaired children to help them enjoy the world of stories.

Solution Implemented

The team began recording the selected story books in audio format, with voice modulations and sound effects, and with each of them playing different characters. They even took help of their theatre instructor to help the characters come alive in their narration. To test their idea, they first recorded 2 selected books and visited the school for the blind once again. They played the audio stories for the visually impaired students and collected their feedback. 

After their visit, they incorporated the feedback they received and recorded all the selected stories. These audio stories were then shared with the visually impaired children to listen to and enjoy them.

 

Impact Created

They’ve created 10+ audio stories and helped 50+ visually impaired children to enjoy the world of stories.

They now plan to build a team of volunteers to help them record more stories and make more and more books accessible for the visually impaired children. 

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