Braille changed life for this Punjab academic, who now empowers others
Through the invention of Braille. Louis Braille dramatically changed the world of the blind and opened the door from darkness to light.
She went blind at 19 years, went on to do a Ph.D in Braille
It changed the world of Dr Kiran, who is blind and works as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Punjabi University. She lost her eye sight at the age of 19 years while doing a graduate degree in nursing. She came down with a brain fever that damaged her optic nerve and she became blind.
But Dr Kiran learnt Braille from the Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre in Ludhiana. She taught Braille for 15 years to students of the Institute For The Blind in Chandigarh. Along with teaching, she completed her PhD by using Braille and computer with screen-reading software.
As textbooks were not available in Braille, she converted these books with the help of her friends. Currently, she teaches in the university and uses Braille and computer with screen-reading software for preparing of short lectures.
Her mission is to empower blind children, especially girls, through Braille
Dr Kiran says that there needs to be more serious efforts to introduce blind children to Braille. Her aim is to teach more children, especially girls, in the mainstream through promoting Braille so they don’t miss out on fundamental parts of education.