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SCOREBOARD
 
March-April 2013

Volume 2, Issue 2, March-April 2013

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.

Research


The research team at Score Foundation has been working proactively and reactively over the past two months on projects such as the Right to Information Vs Social Welfare Department initiative which is the brainchild of the research team. Our Research Officer is currently using the Right to Information Act to compile information on schemes available for visually impaired people across the country. Apart from this the research team has been supporting the Television Programme as well as the Eyeway Helpdesk with their information requirements. Our research officer is also engaged in a proactive research on the topic positive Judgments given on the grounds of Section 47 of the PWD Act 1995. To read the more about each of the projects, click here.

Helpdesk


Mamta Chandiramani works with the Mumbai branch of State Bank of India (SBI). She was sitting for the SBI internal promotional exams on 21 April 2013, and contacted Eyeway Helpdesk looking for support in finding a suitable writer, between inflexible eligibility criteria and the upcoming exam Mamta was running out of time. Instead of helping her with a scribe we did something that will help not only Mamta but other visually impaired employees of SBI as well. Read about Mamta’s story on our website.

Also, the Helpdesk is mid way through its 7th year and we are a hair’s breadth away from touching 8000 queries. This has been possible with the unwavering support of our staff and various supporters.  Read about our achievements here.

NTPC Workshop


National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) conducts a week long training program every two years for their visually impaired employees. Generally the employees are given training that would improve their productivity and efficiency. In addition, at times sessions on communication, health, law etc are also included.

This year the participants requested a session on various rights, laws & policies relating to the PwD in India, owing to denial and discrimination they face in different facets of life. As a result, Score Foundation was invited to take the session on April 4th. To read about the session please visit our website.

Advocacy

For the past two months our advocacy cell has been working hard to ensure that the JAWS circular issued by CBSE in November 2012 is implemented timely and correctly. We also filed a complaint with the CCPD office regarding the inaccessibility of the online edition of the Employment News, and a complaint with CIC and 1st appellate authority for an ineffective response received from Directorate of Education, Govt of Delhi on the matter of a proposed research on the implementation of IEDSS. Apart from this we also filed RTIs with 13 universities to understand their guidelines for scribes, in light of the recently issued uniform guidelines for scribes by MSJE. To read about each of these initiative click here

The Month Gone By


Talk at LSR College

In March, George spoke at LSR College in New Delhi, about inclusion of disabled students in mainstream university life. A graduate from the prestigious St. Stephens College New Delhi himself, George understands the problems associated with University life as a Visually Impaired student and talks at as many university and college events as possible about the issue.



Panel Discussion by Leprosy Mission

 
On 7th March, the Leprosy Mission organized a Panel Discussion at India International Centre titled “Future Forward: A Leprosy Inclusive Development Agenda”.  Our CEO participated in the event and spoke about the challenges faced by NGOs towards promoting inclusion of disability in mainstream. To listen to the panel discussion please click here.
 
George Abraham, our CEO talks at the IECVI Conference held in Ahmedabad

Talk at ICEVI Conference

 
On 6th of April, Mr. Abraham Spoke at the ICEVI Conference in Ahemdabad. This was the 2nd Joint Asian Conference organized by ICEVI and DbI. The Conference was titled “Towards an Inclusive Tomorrow” and Mr. Abraham spoke about the paradigm shift required, to look at the visually impaired as a resource, not a liability, in our growing economy and therefore the need is to invest in them.

Talk


George also spoke at a Chartered Accountancy/Consultancy firm, JRA on 26th April. The talk was centered around the topic “The potential of people with visual impairment as a part of the corporate world.”


News In Brief

 
Our CEO, Mr. George Abraham has been invited to be a trustee on the CBM India Trust. The Christoffel Blinden Mission works to improve the quality of life of the world’s poorest persons with disabilities who live in the most disadvantaged societies. CBM has been extending its support to India since 1967. Score Foundation has been partnering with CBM since September 2011 and we are very excited about the invitation.
 
 
We are happy to share, that our long time partner, the Tech Mahindra Foundation has renewed their contract with Score Foundation, and is continuing supporting the radio programme and the Research and Eyeway Website projects.
 
 
A 4 minute version of our Documentary film “Life does not stop here” is ready. The film is a compilation of case studies of people from different walks of life who are all successful in their own rights. They all have one thing in common- they are all visually impaired. See the inspiring stories of people whose life does not stop at visual impairment. Click here
 
 
Our communications team has been hard at work for the past two months and we have resigned all the content on our Score Foundation website. The website now features more up to date and comprehensive information about each of our projects and areas of work. Check out our revamped website here
 
 
In addition to this we have recently moved our Eyeway website onto a new platform with a brand new design and user interface. We are currently working at making the website more navigable and easy to use, as well as accessible. In case of any suggestions regarding either of our websites or content on the websites, please write to us at content@eyeway.org. We would love to hear from you. Check out the new website today! Eyeway.org

 

Introducing

 

In April Claire Boxall from UK joined us as a communication volunteer. Claire is a VSO Volunteer and has been India since November. After completing 6 months in Odisha she comes to us with 15 years experience working in Public Relations and strategic communications in the not-for-profit sector in the UK. She is sharing her skills with colleagues at the Score Foundation on a number of projects across the organisation. We are very excited to have Claire on board.
 

Bidding Farewell

 
After completing 8 years with Score Foundation, we bid farewell to Vimala K. P. Vimala joined Score Foundation as Executive Secretary in July 2005. She was responsible for managing office communication with funding agencies, donors and other stakeholders, and preparing reports and proposals under the C.E.O.’s supervision. Having 12 years experience in Development Sector, which includes work done with CRY, Plan International and Deepalaya Plan Project, Vimala was an integral member of the team. Since April 2009 she had also been working as the Manager Talking Book Production. We wish her luck in all her future endeavours.
 
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 SMS alerts 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. Thank you!
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