Nagpur (Maharashtra) [India]Apr 17 (ANI): The country’s first ever radio channel for the visually impaired, named ‘Radio Aksh’, has been launched in Nagpur, with Blind Relief Association Nagpur and Samdrushti Kshamata Vikas Avam Anusandhan Mandal (Saksham) serving as pioneers of the concept that will help visually impaired people easily access educational resources and audiobooks.
This concept was created to replace the audiobooks provided by Samdrushti Kshamata Vikas Avam Anusandhan Mandal to the visually impaired on their digital devices, access to which was cut off due to the COVID-19 pandemic due to travel restrictions.
Educational resources covering a variety of topics are made available through this platform on digital platforms owned by visually impaired people, who can access this vast bank of information from anywhere because unlike FM radio and AM, Internet radio technology is used, which knows no geographical limitations.
A dedicated team of trained volunteers, mostly women, help create content for the radio channel, which can be broadcast to visually impaired people across India and the world. The complex and carefully executed processes of sifting through vast amounts of content, recording, editing audio, and making corrections don’t dampen productivity, and a sense of bondage drives the entire team.
Shirish Darvekar, the channel’s coordinator and member of Samdrushti Kshamata Vikas Avam Anusandhan Mandal told ANI, “In recent years, visually impaired people have been coming to us and having their audio books made by us on their devices. But COVID-19 put a stop to that. This affected their learning, so we had to think of a reserve arrangement. We learned about the launch of internet radio in India and got in touch with a company that was making software for it. Although our demands are unique to them, they have promised their cooperation. It is perhaps the first internet radio for the visually impaired.
“Unlike FM and AM, internet radio has no geographical boundaries. The content is pre-recorded. We each have a presenter for various topics discussed on the radio. We have a staff of 20, mostly women at home. They are trained and know their job well. No one gets paid, all have a sense of servitude,” he added.
Darvekar said that their channel has been limited but received overwhelming response from people and said that the service will be more widespread in the coming days and informed that the channel is available on play store and via Zeno Radio on Apple devices.
“In just two to four days, we have about 161 listeners. This paints a very encouraging picture,” he added.
One of the volunteers working for the channel said, “Doing such things for the visually impaired brings me joy. They can study from home through Radio Aksh. I have free time for this and I devote an hour or two to it at noon every day.
One of the channel’s beneficiaries pointed out to ANI that the radio channel is a great advantage because books in braille are not always available.
“Now we will have more information and our studies will become easier. We have the impression of attending lessons in a classroom. It is a great initiative for the visually impaired,” he added. (ANI)
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