Vision Empower has been providing learning resources to many blind schools across Karnataka since 2018. These are the materials which have been helpful in teaching Science and Mathematics concepts in the classroom. These resources are curriculum-relevant and support students in the learning process by allowing them to explore the knowledge independently as well as providing repetition.

Apart from classroom materials, VE also provides knowledge enhancement and concept reinforcement practice content for visually impaired students of all grades on our online accessible open source Learning Management System, Subodha. The platform also provides Teacher Instruction Kits from Vision Empower and aggregates other helpful resources for teachers in partnership with XRCVC, Mumbai. Tutorials for Maths, Science and Digital Literacy are made available on the Vision Empower YouTube channel.

The following learning resources are created/recommended/provided by VE.

Computational Thinking Games

See the various Computational Thinking Games, play plans for each and skills & key learning indicators acquired through playing the games here.

Computational Thinking Games

Digital Resources

Digital Literacy
Digital Literacy is as essential for teachers and students with blindness across the globe, as it is for the non-visually impaired. Unfortunately, there has been less focus on ensuring Digital Literacy among persons with visual impairment, though it has been found to improve their quality of life significantly. Vision Empower has embarked on a project along with Microsoft India to create a Digital Literacy curriculum for students and teachers with visual impairment. The feedback from teachers has been overwhelmingly positive. The tutorials are created by Vidhya Y, founder of Vision Empower, based on the extensive research she has performed to bring the much needed knowledge to the fingertips of anyone with blindness who needs them.

Digital Literacy
Digital Books

(downloadable links)
Textbooks
Link to XRCVC
Bookshare
NAB Delhi
IndicAI

Subodha

Subodha is an accessible Learning Management System created by Vision Empower. It was created to make Science and Mathematics interesting and inclusive for persons with visual impairment.

To register with Subodha, please fill in the registration form here.
(A registration form will be provided for any user to fill-in before he/she starts using the Subodha portal)

Teacher Instruction Kits (TIKs)

Teacher Instruction Kits for Maths and Science, created by the VE team (in collaboration with XRCVC), are reviewed by experienced pedagogic experts and special educators following the Vision Empower process. TIKs are provided chapter wise and grade wise to assist the teacher in teaching children with visual impairment. VE facilitators are always willing to support the teachers throughout the academic year to clarify any doubts and improvise on the kits.

Teacher Instruction Kits

Tactile Diagrams (TD)

Tactile graphics are non-textual information to people who are blind or visually impaired and include tactile representations of pictures, maps, graphs, diagrams, and other images.

Tactile Diagrams

Books

Mathruchhaya and VE collaboration

VE and Mathruchhaya collaborate on ensuring that Science and Mathematics Braille books are made for all students in Karnataka. In 2018-19 and 2019-20, the two teams collaborated to create meaningful content for the books which also contain tactile diagrams and Alternative text where the diagrams are not provided. The Braille Transcription Center at the Canara Bank Welfare Association, Banashankari, prints these books. VE educational co-ordinators in collaboration with school teachers proof read the books and ensure the children and teachers with blindness are provided the books during the academic year.

Science and Mathematics teachers are provided the Braille text books which are specially designed for their students and themselves, if they are blind. For the first time in the country, the teachers have Science and Mathematics books and they are excited to explore the same. Along with the books, VE provides the teachers with manuals to help them to teach the foundational concepts and text book content to their students. (Show pics of Braille text books and how teachers are teaching them from the books)

Digital books – (Link connects to Digital Books under Digital Resources)

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