Name of the Facility: Study Centre for Visually Challenged Students
Name of the In-charge of the facility: Dr. Biraj Mehta Rathi (Convener, AVC)
Centre Coordinator: Ms. Sejal Chauhan
Name of Committee Members:
Dr. Biraj Mehta Rathi
Mr. B.M. Konde
Ms. Ashwini Bapat
Ms. Manisha Tribhuvan
Ms. Pinki Gala
“To Help Visually Challenged Students to be Educationally, Technologically, Psychologically and Socially Enriched so That They Are Better Equipped to Face the Challenges of Life”
Wilson College has a successful vision Centre, Andrews Vision Centre (AVC) established in 2008. Andrews Vision Centre is an initiative of former residents of St.Andrews House, its warden and former in charge principal Dr. Sam Skariah whose aim was to empower visually challenged students. The Centre has successfully provided support to over 100 visually challenged students (since its inception) of Wilson College to effectively cope with their academic and non-academic pursuits. The Centre has been supported by ROLTA foundation. In 2009, AVC was registered with the National Association for Blind. Currently the Centre supports 27 visually challenged students of Wilson College and 1 from Kishinchand Chellaram College, Churchgate.
AVC PROVIDES THREE FOLD SUPPORT :
USER FRIENDLY SUPPORT
The Centre is equipped with different assistive technologies designed specifically to cater to the need of visually challenged students of Wilson College. It houses 5 internet enabled terminals with appropriate navigation, reading, magnification, conversion software’s and printing and scanning facilities. The Centre continues to conduct various training programmes aimed at life skill development and computer proficiency.
A strong and committed volunteer group to provide assistance as readers, scribes, friends and mentors.
With the help of college management and well-wishers currently the Centre provides support to needy students for education and accommodation facilities.
THIRD EYE PROGRAMME
The ‘Third Eye’ (an initiative of visually challenged students of the college) is a unique festival of St Andrews Vision Centre to spread awareness about the talents as well as difficulties faced by visually challenged people. It is the most awaited and successful event of the Centre hosted since 2011.The visually challenged students display their skills through workshops and exhibitions organized by them. The cultural programme includes “The Walk” where the participants are expected to cross a maze of obstacles, identify currency notes and vegetables in the dark room while they are blindfolded. The festival showcased Mallakhamb performance by AVC members, sighted participants were challenged for game of chess, display of artistic skills, origami, Abacus and Vedic Mathematics contributed to the success of the programme.
CERTIFICATE COURSE ON DISABILITY STUDIES
Andrews Vision Centre initiated a unique certificate course on Disability Studies to create an informed society. The course aims to introduce participants to an examination of disability as a social, cultural and a political phenomenon. The course is a 35 hours programme and is open to both Wilsonians and non Wilsonians.
John Wilson Education Society's Wilson College has a long standing history. Founded by Dr. John Wilson, the founder of Bombay University, in the year 1832. Wilson College has a NAAC "A" Accreditation since 2005.
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