Lucknow zoo becomes blind-friendly, an India first
A trip to the zoo is a fun and learning experience.
But for children and adults who are blind and visually impaired, it’s not an experience they can enjoy independently. They need a sighted person with them to describe the animals present in different enclosures and their behavioral traits.
That’s no longer the case with the Lucknow Zoo, which is the first one on India to become accessible to people with visual impairments. Braille information boards will be put up all across the zoo in phases to enable visually impaired children and adults to enjoy and learn on their own.
In the first phase, the information boards have been set up at the Nature Interpretation Centre, displaying details about the lion, tiger and the zoo's history. Authorities have promised that in less than a month these boards will be set up at every enclosure.
This initiative is the first of its kind in India and the response has been wonderful. Many visually impaired people, adults and children, have told us how much they loved this. We asked the visitors to suggest a name for this initiative as well and they have said we should call it ‘Sparsh’. – Dr R K Singh, Director, Lucknow Zoo
The boards are the initiative of an NGO for the blind called Meet Welfare Foundation, which has been working to empower people with visual impairments for about 15 years.
Founder Rohit Kumar ‘Meet’ says the first phase of the initiative was self-funded, but after seeing the response, zoo authorities have agreed to back the rest of the project.
“Our NGO distributes books in Braille and we had decided to start a library in the zoo when the idea of setting up Braille information boards struck us. Director Singh was also very supportive of the idea. The children who come are very happy with the board as they now get a detailed description”.
Many school kids have been visiting the Braille enabled centre and the response has been phenomenal, adds Kumar. “They are excited because they never got the opportunity to understand things in depth. They told us that earlier they would be dependent on others to explain things to them. That is no longer the case.”
Going ahead, the Lucknow Zoo is thinking on ways to make it even more accessible and enjoyable like audio recordings of animal noises to give visitors a richer experience.
With these measures, the Lucknow Zoo has taken on a leadership role in introducing accessibility, one that should be an eye opener to others across India.
Read more on Newz Hook
- Get-hooked November 12, 2018 Some activities for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Headlines November 8, 2018 Yogi Adityanath announces plans to build Ram statue in Ayodhya
- Get-hooked November 14, 2018 Small touches that make love stronger when you date a deaf person
- Headlines November 11, 2018 ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ crosses Rs 50 crore on first day of release
- Accessibility November 12, 2018 I want to make a mobile app accessible to visually impaired! Really? - Guest column by Shilpi Kapoor, Founder, Barrier Break
- Headlines November 12, 2018 Sushmita Sen puts an end to marriage rumours on social media
- Headlines November 13, 2018 Union Minister Ananth Kumar passes away at age of 59
Ask your question about any issue related to disability, this is your space to find the answer.
Want to feature your inspiring story or share an event with the disabled community? Write to:
Newz Hook - Accessible News
Get-hooked November 10, 2018