Dear All,

Greetings from RCGF-Surya!

DATE: 09 APRIL 2018 MONDAY.                     DURATION: 8 WEEKS
RCGF Surya’s Computer Fundamentals for person with vision impairment
will starts on 09/04/2018, Monday). This course will be conducted at
the following address:
RCGF Surya
Vismaya Building, Ground Floor,
Kakkanad, Kochi,682042
Phone Number: 04844035537, 8593838396
Mail id:

Introduction to RCG Foundation:

RCGF, an NGO was established in 2008 with a mission to focus on
empowering and rehabilitating the Visually Challenged in new age
employment opportunities, by making them employability literate,
skilled in English communications, Mobility & Personality development
to enable them stand on their own feet and secure a job, support their
family, and to be a role model for the other Visually Challenged

We run the course in collaboration with Enable India-Bangalore, the
number one institute in India which is providing the computer training
for the visually challenged people. Both the parties are working in
the field of disability and would like to join hands to promote the
benefits to the disability sector by participation in each other’s
programs. The main objective is to collaborate with each other by
using the strength of each organization, to maximize the benefit for
the person with vision impairment in the area of computer literacy,
domain specific training and employability training.

Introduction to the training program.
Information Technology (IT) and usage of computers is the biggest
enabler for the educated blindvisually impaired. It has a deeper
impact for the blindvisually impaired than for persons without
Computer Training for the visually impaired is the greatest form of
empowerment for them. It opens up the world to them: a world of
information (aiding research, education, daily living, recreation),
people, jobs, books (print to voice). Computer training involves
training on Computer Basics, MS office and Internet using screen
reading software. Screen reader is a talking softwaresoftware that
talks and that aids the visually impaired to “hear” everything that a
sighted person would “read”.
Computer education for the visually impaired enables them in their
basic education, higher education, research, daily living and
employment. In today’s environment with paperless offices and
information available on the internet, computers represent freedom for
the visually impaired.
This course aims:
•       To provide computer literacy for visually impaired
•       To make candidates self-reliant on computers, in order to gain
access to quality education
•       To make candidates self-reliant to lead a quality life.

Details of the course:
The table below contains a few details about the course:
Name of the training    Computer Fundamentals for persons with vision impairment
Duration        8 weeks
Mode    Onsite course
Batch size      16
Student Trainer Ratio   8:1

•       To orient visually impaired in using computers independently.
•       To make the visually impaired employable by providing computer 
•       To use computers in the existing job, and for higher studies.
Note: The scope of this training does not include making candidates
ready for employment; it only makes them ready for employability
Candidates who have passed 10th, studying in college and teachers who
want to use computers at work. Such candidates will be selected on a
first come first serve basis, with no evaluation test.
Course Timing
Timings of the training 9:30 am to 5:30pm, including lunch break
Duration of classes     6 days a week for 8 weeks
Number of hours for the training        375 hours


The basic computer fundamentals training will include:
•       Basic Computers: Includes concepts like file folder management,
Basic MS word, Basic Excel, and Internet with the help of NVDA (screen
•       Basic Employability: Functional mobility, use of assistive
technology and learn to take notes effectively.
•       Life skills: Accepting disability, personal hygiene and personal 
Teaching Methodology
RCGF Surya teaching techniques help the candidates use computers to
improve their language skills, general knowledge and awareness, for
higher studies, for better job opportunities etc.  To help them reach
these goals, our teaching methodology includes:
•       Teaching concepts with real world examples: For example to teach
document structure and formatting, we introduce a real world example
of a visually impaired person giving an unformatted resume during a
walk in interview and its impact.
•       Teaching concepts by generating curiosity: For example, to teach the
internet concept, we generate the curiosity of the candidates by
asking them to visit a nearby internet café or by touching and feeling
a modem and cable.
•       Introducing concepts using simple examples: For example to teach how
internet works we use the example of telephone lines that run through
a telephone exchange and their interconnectivity. Candidates are also
introduced concepts gradually, exposed to a concept part by part.
•       Leading candidates from known to unknown: Candidates may not be
exposed to many things because of their disability. We teach them
concepts by leading them from the scenarios or things they already
know. For example to make them understand the concept of formatting a
document, we ask them why they like certain people’s voices and not
others’ voices. We then lead them to understand that formatting a
document is like voice modulation and so on.
•       Reinforcing concepts: Theory sessions are followed by practical
sessions. Constant practice of concepts through EYE tool helps
candidates become more efficient. Previous concepts are also
reinforced throughout the training.
•       Iterative learning: Concepts take time to learn. We teach a small
part of a concept, give time to assimilate and then teach more.
•       Building visualization: We use tactile diagrams to help candidates
visualize various concepts.
•       Building self-learning: Candidates are motivated to practice using
various tools and develop a self-learning attitude.
Training Evaluation
•       Attendance: Regularity is one of the criteria for overall
evaluation. Students must have at least 80% attendance.
•       Others: Weekly practical tests, projects, assignments and final
exams assessments will be included in evaluating the candidates.
•       Grading:

Joining Procedure:
•       Register for the training on April 3 and 4 2018 at RCG.
•       Seats are available on first come first serve bases

Thanks and regards,
Anju Narayanan,
Chief Trainer,
RCG Foundation
Infopark, Kakkanad.

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