#Disability: Blogging Training for Blind and Visually Impaired Young People
Posted by Caveeta Gautam
Sometimes, there are some crazy ideas coming in your mind and you might think it is impossible. That is what happened with me, but then, I felt that the ideas that exist in our mind exist because they are possible. It was a day when I met Nirmala Gyawali and talked with her, frequently meeting her and knowing the lifestyles of Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) people stroked in my mind that the voices of such people should come out. Then I wanted to utilize my skill of blogging by training BVI young people. When I shared this idea with Nirmala, she was excited as she is always eager learning new things. Then on 24 April 2014, we launched the blogging training for BVI with the support from The Rose International Fund for Children (TRIFC). It was every Saturday, we used to take the training as, everyone has their colleges and offices on other days. The training that started from April continued till August 2014. During the training we trained around 15 people as a first trial based blogging training.
Everyone might be surprised how can BVI people do blogging? Well, The JAWS software made us easier, yet it was quite challenging. This software helped BVI people via voice by reading what is on the screen but at some point the software could not function which made things complicated and the other problem is though there are some shortcut keys, they still have to use the tab button again and again which was quite irritating. The world is getting smaller with the advancement of the technology yet it hasn’t addressed the grass root level issues when we talk about people with disabilities and when they are the one who have to be more technological.
However, to some extend we made it happen. Along with teaching we also had a chance to learn more exploring new tricks to be more efficient while blogging. The other challenging part was every one was willing to learn but some of them could not continue because they do not have their personal computers. At times, while teaching them, it also made me feel like crying because they have lots of stories with them but they do not share it, not because they do not want, it is because they do not have writing skills, they felt awkward of their languages and it was every time I have to read their articles and edit them individually. My learning through out the training was, while to be in the environment of BVI you have to act as if you are one of them and try with the alternative what would you do when one command does not work. Also, patience is the must that BVI people have to maintain while they are in such training as they get more excited and overwhelmed to know what comes after and we need to balance it on our own.
List of the Blogs created during the training
Om Prakash Banjade: http://omprakashbanjade.wordpress.com/
Nirmala Gyawali: http://nirmalagyawali.wordpress.com/
Deepika Sharma: http://sharmadeepika.wordpress.com/
Anju Sigdel: http://anjusigdel.wordpress.com/
Sita Gyawali: http://seetagulmi.wordpress.com/
Bindu Neupane: http://binduneupane2.wordpress.com/
Sophia Pokharel: http://julysophia7.wordpress.com/
Ajita Sedhai: http://sedhaiajita.wordpress.com/
Yuvraj Karma: http://karmayuvraj.wordpress.com/
Utsav Nepal: http://utsavnepal.wordpress.com/
Shilpa Dhungel: http://shilpadhungel11.wordpress.com/
Shristi KC: http://freshsristik.wordpress.com/