Accessible learning materials for students with visual impairments

Organization
YPSA - Young Power in Social Action
Country of Implementation
Bangladesh
Region
Asia & Pacific
Subregion
South Asia
First published
31.01.2016

Young Power in Social Action is an organization employing nearly 2,000 people and 32 persons with disabilities (2016). In this specific project, 80% were persons with disabilities. It was to produce and distribute digital multimedia books, fully accessible e-books, and digital Braille books. By 2016 155 schoolbooks had been converted.

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As of 2015, around 100,000 students have been equipped with accessible materials.

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People

Vashkar BHATTACHARJEE
“Accessible books are a dream came true.” Mr. Vashkar Bhattacharjee, GAATES Bangladesh

Problems Targeted

The World Health Organization notes that about 4 million people in Bangladesh are visually impaired, but they are normally disadvantaged due to lack of adequate and fully accessible materials. Even more, people with disabilities in Bangladesh are predominantly poor and are not able to afford assistive devices or materials to participate in in the education system in a fully inclusive way.

Solution, Innovation and Impact

In preparing the project, planning meetings were held with DPO groups and student with disabilities to identify problems, required books, and format. The project converts textbooks from school classes 1 to 10 into DAISY digital multimedia format, and the contents can then again be converted into DAISY full text/full audio textbooks, Braille, and accessible e-books. The digital textbooks are accessible to all, including students with visual, print, and/or learning disabilities. The process is cost effective, less time consuming than traditional methods, and universally designed so that all children can have easy access to these reading materials all over the country. Digital talking books are for anyone who needs accessible information and who loves to read. Readers can play the audio and display and highlight the corresponding text simultaneously.

Funding, Outlook and Transferability

Around 100,000 students with visual and learning disabilities have been equipped with materials to date. YPSA has many development partners and an excellent network at the national and international level. Currently, the organization is working for and with an estimated 9 million disadvantaged and vulnerable people; and to ensure community ownership of its project activities, disadvantage groups are involved in the planning, implementation, and monitoring process. To ensure the sustainability, YPSA will match these various groups with other ongoing YPSA projects so that they can continue to be supported beyond the project period.

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Accessible Reading Materials_PRA_Photo2As of 2015, around 100,000 students have been equipped with accessible materials.

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Country of Implementation

Bangladesh

Region of Implementation

Asia & Pacific