Interacting with People
Supported by the Hans Foundation we have conducted 21 interactive sessions in the last two months, with various stakeholders across India. We have conducted these session in the cities of Bangalore, Mumbai, Goa, Delhi, Kolkata, Shimla and Mathura, wherein we have engaged with students (school, college and professional), Ophthalmologists, Community Workers, Social Entrepreneurs, Research Scholars and Corporate Executives.
The sessions involved presentations, sharing of Nazar Ya Nazariya videos, Question and Answer and in some cases simulation too. The sessions focussed on the potential of blind people and various possibilities that exist. They also urged people to start thinking inclusive, by recognizing the diversity that exists in the community.
The response to these sessions have been excellent. For example, in Shimla a few doctors spoke of the need to set up low vision and rehab centres in the city. At hotel Gardenia the participants commented that more such sessions should be held with other hotels too. The participants at Grand Maratha in Mumbai expressed willingness to take on visually impaired people to intern in their various departments, while the hotel in Kolkata said theyâ€™d like to start hiring visually impaired people.
Having said this, we are saddened to see that these various sessions confirm our initial belief that there is a widespread lack of awareness and understanding among the general public about the possibilities available for those living a life with blindness.
We would like to take this opportunity to inform all our supporters that Score Foundation is looking to organize â€˜Nazar Ya Nazariyaâ€™ Sensitization workshops across India. If you would like to conduct a sensitization workshop or talk or know somebody who might, drop us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eyeway SMS Alert Service is Back on WhatsApp
The anticipated Eyeway SMS Service is finally back on a brand new platform. As of 2nd of July 2014, we are now sending News and Job Alerts through WhatsApp. Currently 49 people are benefiting from the service. If you would also like to receive information from around the domain on WhatsApp mail us on email@example.com with your name, mobile nubmer and basic information.
The introduction chapter of our mobility and transport research is now complete. In addition we are excited to have Ms. Renu Adhlakha on board as a consultant for the research. Ms. Adlakha is a renowned writer in the disability, gender, and mental health domain. She is currently senior fellow at the Centre for Womenâ€™s developmental Studies.
The eyeway blog is now accepting guest blogposts. If you have opinions about life with Blindness and you want to share them with the world drop us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Over the last two months we have published 8 blogposts. Of these 5 have been guest posts.
Elections and disability have always been a point of contention for disability activists. The problem is that the election System in India is just not inclusive. This means that the 63 million (WHO, 2010) visually impaired people in India are not looked as a credible vote bank. Read L Subhramaniâ€™s views about visual impairment and voting. To read his blogpost: Itâ€™s time we take our democratic rights seriously click here.
Before the general elections of 2014 Score Foundation also engaged in a research with some of our helpdesk clients to know exactly how inclusive the election process in worlds biggest democracy is? To know click here.
Kiran Kaja, a NRI living in the UK has never believed that vision impairment holds you back from doing things. To prove this he jumped out of a perfectly good airplane! To read a thrilling tale of adventure sport read Kiranâ€™s Blogpost: Why I Jumped out of a Perfectly good airplane? click here.
Nidhi Goyal is a gender and disability rights advocate working for inclusion and equality. In her Blogpost: Want to go on a date? Part 1 she explains why being visually impaired should not hold you back from dating, and gives practical tips on dating. To read her Blogpost Click here.
Shadab Husain, is currently working with King George Medical Hospital in Lucknow. Upon reading some of the guest blogs on Eyeway, he worked up the courage to pen one himself. His Blogpost: Why you arenâ€™t living as you want, explores stereotypical mindsets and negative experiences that hold people back from living a fuller life with vision impairment. To read click here.
It is a common perception that people with visual impairment cannot cook or maintain a house independently. Payal Kapoor, through her life experience, has proved this mindset wrong. In her Blogpost: Your tryst with the kitchen, she takes you through the Do's and Don'ts of cooking independently. Your tryst in the kitchen is one of the best guides you will find that takes you step by step through the kitchen and to the cooktop! Read here.
To read any of the other 3 blogposts written by eyeway in the last two months check out Blog here!
Give A Little (or a Lot!)
The work of the Score Foundation is only possible thanks to grants and donations from kind organizations and people like you. We are delighted to be partnering with Rang De, who are facilitating online donations for us. You can give as much or as little as you like to support the Eyeway channels, helping us continue to communicate and advocate for blind people in India. Please visit our page on Rang De to make a donation using a credit card, debit card or bank account. You can give money to the Score Foundation through this method from within India and also if you are based outside India. If you would like to give to us, but prefer not to use online methods, please check the Donate section of our Website.
If however, you would like to contribute to the cause in kind, we are always on the lookout for talented volunteers who can help us with proposal and report writing. Interested people can send in their resume to email@example.com and mark a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org. Apart from an experience letter we also promise to help broaden your horizons and provide opportunities of learning about the domain and changing your mindset along the way.
Score's Getting Social!
Our Facebook fan base has increased to 12,868, to include 363 new people with whom we actively engage on a regular basis. We have now started receiving queries regarding technology, training courses, Radioshow and much more on Facebook as well, in addition to our Helpdesk. To engage with us on Facebook like us here.
We are in the process of expanding our Twitter base to be able to reach out to more people on Twitter and beyond. We currently have 579 Followers on Twitter. To follow us on Twitter click here.
Scoring in the Media
In the last two months our CEO appeared in two stories in the Media: