[Art_beyond_sight_educators] Jamie Warner artist, Rights, Camera, Education

Lisa Yayla Lisa.Yayla at statped.no
Fri Dec 9 11:42:49 UTC 2011

Blind artist showcases talents
Jamie Warner had her first eye surgery when she was 3 months old. Since then, Warner, 32, of Burgettstown, has had more than 30 operations to treat aphakic glaucoma that has left her legally blind since she was 16.

But blindness hasn’t stopped Warner from pursuing her passion for drawing. She recently was commissioned to complete a pastel drawing for the 2d Cavalry Association, a veterans’ organization that supports the Army regiment’s veterans and active soldiers. All of the proceeds from Warner’s prints will be donated to the association’s wounded warrior project and scholarship fund, which provides programs and services to severely injured service members and their families.


Rights. Camera. Education

December 3 is World Disability Day. Drop by at an exhibition of photographs captured through the eyes of the differently-abled. Click Rights, an initiative by CRY, showcases the challenges faced by them in fighting for their right to education


The photos were collected over a year and the amateur photographers visited BMC and specialised schools across the city to shoot the images. Before they embarked on their quest, they were trained and guided by Partho Bhowmick, the founder of Beyond Sight Foundation.

"The challenge was to get the permission to shoot but also at a psychological level. When the disabled and non-disabled students were paired together, there was immediately a sense of competition as the non-disabled person wanted their image to be better. Hence, our effort was to celebrate diversity and ensure it was a collaborative effort where every person put their respective strengths to use," says Bhowmick, who juggles between a corporate job and his foundation.

The inspiration to start the foundation came from reading an article about a visually impaired French photographer. "Through my interactions with him I connected with 50 such photographers / artists / sculptors across the world," he says.

After kickstarting the Blind With Camera movement in 2006 with just one student, he has over the years taught over 150 visually impaired children the art of photography. His process of teaching involves disscussing the level of disability with the student (low vision, born with the disorder, or whether it developed later on in life), giving them basic training and handing them a camera with which they can shoot at a place they are familiar with. At the end of the session, the images that are shot are disscussed in terms of technical finesse.

On: December 3, 10.30 am to 6.30 pm
At: Bajaj Bhavan, Nariman Point.



Designing Tactile Books for Blind and Partially Sighted Children and Methods of reading to them promoting Conceptualization

My child will read and comprehend
Designing Tactile Books for Blind and Partially Sighted Children and methods of reading to them promoting conceptualization.

Susanne Gudrun Sariyannis, mother of two blind children, has used her experiences from supporting her own children to develop a concept for designing tactile books for visually impaired preschool children. Constantly developing new, creative ideas, she has made them a new generation of books.
The books consist of simply structured tactile pictures with many moveable parts that can be varied, and contain texts in Braille. The stories they tell are useful to support conceptualization.

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