Blind Persons Association is located in Kolkata and was established in 1946. The original mandate was to collect members, organize discussions on concerns affecting the blind population, distribute braille paper & equipment, and organize an annual meet for members. Today, the Association has implemented a four point program to focus on education, employment, social security, and social placement of the visually impaired.
Some of their activities in FY15 were:
Education: The Association continues to make books by Indian as well as other authors available in Braille. They record books as audio CDs which are available in their library and supply CDs directly to organizations on request. The demand for different types of braille books, especially those for higher education, has gone up. The association has recently supplied braille books to Mauritius in Africa, braille and audio books to Bangladesh and to a number of colleges, libraries and institutions of our country. Students are taken on education tours to historical places.
Cultural: All Bengal Swimming Competition for the blind was held at the swimming pool of Indian Life Saving Society. It was the 8th successive year of the aquatic meet, arranged by the association where 129 sightless boys and girls took part in the competition. Also, an All Bengal Sports Competition including all categories of Physically Challenged Boys and Girls was conducted by the same institute. An inter-school debate competition was organized by Helen Keller Smriti Vidyamandir at the school premises. A beautiful drama “Tridip” was performed by the students and teachers of school. To observe the 12th anniversary of Lal Bihari Shah Braille Academia, students and volunteers took part in a prabhat feri (morning procession) and a cultural program.
Awareness Campaign: Two Exhibitions were arranged on the braille system at the time of great festival of Durga Puja and Kali Puja in Kolkata. These exhibitions are organized to make people aware of the educational system used by the sightless.
Movement: A law violation movement was organized protesting the callous attitude of the Government of West Bengal towards the problems of persons with disabilities.
Income Rs42 lac
Expense Rs23 lac
Source : Audit Report 2016
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