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Volume 4, Issue 1, Jan- Mar 2016

Score Foundation is a New Delhi based not-for-profit organisation that runs the project Eyeway—a single stop knowledge resource for living life with blindness.

SCOREBOARD
Jan-Mar 2016
Introduction:

Following the launch of the Eyeway National Helpdesk Toll Free Number on 21st December, 2015 we are now seeing an astounding increase in the number of callers. From an average of 300 callers in the previous quarters Eyeway received 1953 calls between January and March 2016, a dramatic rise. It has been both encouraging and challenging for us. It also justifies that there are people who need information. Therefore we are further emboldened and committed to gathering, organizing and disseminating this information. We are on track to widen the net as we seek strategic partnerships in each state to build capacity to give solutions to the visually impaired persons from any state.

 
Eyeway National Helpdesk:

We promoted our toll free number in the month of December on major regional radio channels in Punjab, Karnataka and Delhi NCR. We also promoted the toll free number during the radio coverage of Australia and India T20 cricket match in January 2016.
The helpdesk receives calls on a wide spectrum of issues which can be both basic and complex. We have put in place a strategy for information and research gathering engaging personnel who are local experts so that we have more comprehensive information. This quarter we received a number of calls on a diverse range of issues such as:

Case Stories:
We have been receiving calls and emails from students across India, who are often not allowed to use scribes according to their choice. Provisions have been made by the government, but there seems to be a consistent gap in implementation.
1.    Preeti’s (Name changed) parents, residents of Ahmedabad, Gujarat had approached our Helpdesk in the last week of August 2015 regarding guidelines for reasonable accommodation during the 2016 ICSE Board exams. They were not confident if the school and board would provide her with facilities such as extra time and scribe. We provided them with the MSJE Universal Examinations Guidelines and put them in touch with Blind People’s Association (BPA), a local organization in Ahmedabad. As a consequence of several email and verbal communication with the board and intervention of the CCPD office, Preeti was eventually granted both extra time and scribe facility during her ICSE Board exams.

 2.     Raghu C a resident of Kolar, Karnataka had enrolled in a training institute for a computer training course in 2015. The trainees have to submit their original certificate at the beginning of the training and certificates would be returned at the end of the training. However Raghu left the training in between as he did not like the environment. Despite several requests to the institute, he was not given his original certificates back. Our Eyeway Helpdesk in Bangalore intervened on Raghu’s behalf and post several attempts managed to help Raghu retrieve his certificates.

 3.     Srinivas Talli, a person with low vision contacted us from Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh. There was a spelling error in his ration card, due to which he could not apply for disability pension and therefore needed to get corrections made on the ration card. We directed him to the Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department. We advised him to make an affidavit and carry along an identity proof as well. His request was processed and within a month the required changes were made.

4.  Shiv Kumari, a 19 year old girl, born blind, from Delhi never really got the opportunity to attend school. The fact that she lived in a city where numerous options are available was of no advantage to her. An important issue that comes out through her case is the negligent and ignorant attitude that the society holds about people with disability. There are many children with disability who are unable to attend school irrespective of their socioeconomic background and location. We connected her with NAB, Center of Women and Disability Studies, New Delhi. She is now in the process of completing the admission procedure so that she too can aspire and dream of a better future.
We  believe that blind people are potentially as much a part of the Human Resource of the country as anyone else. We need to instill in them an internal drive to aspire and achieve right from early childhood. We  have just launched a campaign on www.ketto.org/scorefoundation to raise the initial capital to build a module that will be used to work with blind children in the age group 8 to 12. Please log onto the above link and contribute your bit to help us start our work on the module. Please share this link appeal amongst your friends and relations and request them to lend their support too.
 
Thanks for your support and encouragement.
Binni Kumari with Research Associates Ilene and Kamala

Engagements:
  1. Binni Kumari, The Operations Manager, visited the counselors in our partner organizations  Saksham and NAB Delhi to observe and assist them.
  2. Binni Kumari and Anshuman Singh, Project Manager visited EnAble India, Navchetna Patiala in February and March respectively to assess the performance and also engage in mentoring the helpdesk counselors, Nandini and Ankita. They also visited Mitra Jyothi Bangalore, our network partner to orient and train the research associates Ilene and Kamala.
Justice Richard Bernstein
Justice Richard Bernstein

Eyeway Website:

News, Events and Vacancies from across the country are shared on the website, so that people stay connected and updated with the latest information from the domain. There have been a number of inspirational and motivational stories from several of our volunteers. Pramila Komanduri and Bharti Sood are our regular contributors to the Eyeway blog.
Pramila Komanduri interviewed Justice Richard Bernstein, the first blind Justice who has been elected by the people of the state of Michigan to serve on the Michigan Supreme Court since January, 2015. Born blind with a condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa he attended public schools in Michigan with special education programs and services. 
To read more on the interview, please click Eyeway Interview- Richard Bernstein
Events and Workshops:

1) Our CEO George Abraham was invited by Rockman Industries to deliver motivational talks to the senior management in Delhi on 9th January and the managers at their plant in Haridwar on 3rd February.

2) George Abraham delivered a talk on “Through the Lens’ Eye” in Hyderabad Literary Festival on 8th January 2016.Clips from Nazar ya Nazariya were screened and George shared the purpose and journey behind the production and filming of the series.

3) George Abraham was also honored by the Cricket Association for the Blind in Kerala on 23rd January. He was the Founding Chairman of the World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC).

4) Indian School Seeb,Oman hosted their graduation ceremony on 12th February. Mr. Abraham was invited to be the Guest of Honour. He also delivered a motivational talk for the outgoing batch of students.

5) Mr. Abraham was invited as a panelist to speak on “Including Diversity: Here and Now”at the 5th Development Dialogue that was held on the 6th and 7th of February at Hubballi, Karnataka. The talk revolved around Enablers who can invest in the ecosystem with a far-sighted vision to turn the possibilities of today into the realities of tomorrow. The session focused on such enablers and the ideas driving them.

6) Dominic, Devashish and Sharonee attended a two day event Antarchakshu – The Eye Within 2016 in Gurgaon. Creating an Accessible World organized by Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged on the 25th-26th February. This event provided our counselors hands on experience and an insight on the current advancements in technology of the latest assistive devices.

7) Monica Verma and Sharonee Dasgupta attended a one day event Ad Grants Workshop organized by Google.  The purpose of the workshop was to help NGO’s leverage Google services to promote and create greater visibility for the organization on the internet. This could also help to facilitate greater awareness and aid in recruiting more volunteers. While this service is in practice a paid service, Google is giving NGO’s this facility with a monthly credit of $10,000.

8) The Eyeway Partners Meeting was scheduled on 17th February 2016. During this meeting the partners discussed the progress and challenges faced.
George Abraham addressing at Techshare India 2016.

Techshare India 2016:

Eyeway participated in Techshare India 2016- Towards Digital Inclusion. It was a two day event and an exhibition was held on 3rd-4th March, 2016. It was organized by BarrierBreak in collaboration with National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) and Royal National Institute of Blind People UK (RNIB). The purpose of participating in Techshare was to promote Eyeway National Helpdesk. About 220 people visited our stall and showed great interest. The interaction also provided connects with some key individuals that could transform into partnerships.
Our CEO George Abraham delivered a talk on “Towards a Universal Classroom”in one of the conference sessions.
Eyeway Stall at Techshare India 2016.
Social:
Our Facebook page has increased to 13,005 people with whom we actively engage on a regular basis. We share inspiring stories, videos and articles which could motivate people. To read and participate in a discussion with us, please engage on our Facebook Page. To like our Facebook page please click here
https://www.facebook.com/projecteyeway
We are also in the process of expanding our Twitter base to be able to reach out to more number of people. We currently have 638 people following us on Twitter. To follow us on Twitter, please click here  https://twitter.com/friendsofeyeway.
Reaching out through WhatsApp:
Roop Chand, a resident of Rajasthan had asked us to add him on WhatsApp, so that he could receive instant and relevant information according to the need. We have seen a significant increase on our WhatsApp group, from 382 subscribers in December it has risen to 506 subscribers till 31st March. We share news, job vacancies and events from across India. If you too want to join our WhatsApp channel and stay in touch then mail us on 
scorefoundation@eyeway.orgwith your name and mobile number. 
Contributions:

We are always on a lookout for volunteers who can help us in writing, gather information and research. Interested people can email us at scorefoundation@eyeway.org
The work of Score Foundation is possible with the support of grants and donations from organizations and people. All donations to Score Foundation would be eligible for tax exemption under the 80G. We are delighted to be partnering with Rang De, who are facilitating with online donations for us. You can give as much as or little as you like to support the Eyeway channels, helping us to communicate and advocate for blind people in India. Please visit our page on RangDe https://www.rangde.org/score-foundation to make a donation using a credit card, debit card or bank account. You can also give money to Score Foundation through this method from within or outside India. If you would like to give us, but prefer not to use online methods; please check the Donate Section on our website http://scorefoundation.org.in/contribute-1#dof
 
Score Foundation
17/107, LGF
VikramVihar
Lajpat Nagar-04
New Delhi-110024
 
Bidding farewell:
This month we bid farewell to our Communications Officer Monica Verma, she had been with Score Foundation since October 2015. We wish her all the best in all her future endeavors.
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Don’t forget to watch our documentary film on YouTube ‘Life Does not Stop Here!’  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF8FQEut9F4

Score Foundation’s mission is to inform, inspire and empower all persons with visual impairment in India to live independent and successful lives with equal access to opportunity and services. We gather and disseminate knowledge and information on life with blindness through project ‘Eyeway’ which encompasses our radio show, our helpdesk (+91-11-46070380), our messaging services, and our website. In doing so we reach the blind and visually impaired throughout India, serving them with information and advice while also working to overcome discrimination and empower communities through both our grassroots and institutionally targeted advocacy activities.

We are in great need of your support. If you can please donate and help us continue the great work we do. Cheques to be made payable to Score Foundation and sent to 17/107 L.G.F., Vikram Vihar, Lajpat Nagar IV, New Delhi 110024. A bank transfer can also be sent. For details please contact scorefoundation@eyeway.org - donations are exempt of tax under section 80G of the Income Tax Act. In case you would like to make an online donation you can do so through Rand De. To visit Score foundation's Rang De Page and make a donation
click here. Thank you!


You can also contribute to the cause in kind; we are always on the lookout for talented volunteers who can help us with proposal and report writing, research, and some other activities from time to time. Interested people can send in their resume to scorefoundation@eyeway.org. Apart from an experience letter, we also promise to help broaden your horizons and provide opportunities of learning about the domain. 

 
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