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Thesis: School for the blind
Hello,

I have choosen my thesis topic a residential school for the blind. The basic encouragement is from the movie "Black". I stay in Mumbai and would like to know how I should go about this topic as I am new to this aura of blind people.
Ankur Shah
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Thesis: School for the blind
Hi Ankur,

It would be more fruitful if you did some basic research and then ask more specific questions on this forum.

Maybe you can visit a blind school in Mumbai and get to know how they work. You could talk to blind people, the principal of the blind school. You could read up on different types/stages of blindness.

Just out of curiosity, where do you study?
Vishwanath Kashikar
Thesis: School for the blind
Dear Ankur,

You may want to look at the following related discussion threads in this forum:

Architecture for the visually impaired

Good luck,

-- Ozgur Basak Alkan, August 31, 2005
Thesis: School for the blind
Dear Ankur,

You may wish to contact http://www.dogrose-trust.org.uk/. I am aware that they have made sound recordings of buildings for analysis with relationship to bringing buildings to the blind.
-- Malcolm Dickson, August 31, 2005
Thesis: School for the blind
Hi Ankur,

The thesis subject that you have taken is good, but you have to study lot, it's not a easy topic. In India, it is difficult to think about the psychology of a normal person, now you have to start thinking about blind people's psychology first. What do they think? How? Just try asking these questions to yourself. Best of luck.
-- Mrinal Warbhe, September 1, 2005
Thesis: School for the blind
Well thanks a lot to all you peoples who hav given there opinions. Well, Ozgur Basak Alkan there is no such relevent information being given in these forums.

Mr. Malcolm Dickson, I am student I had gone through the site also but sorry to say I really didn't get anything from that so can you please make it more clarified way, I will be very thankful to you.

Mrinal Warbhe thanks for the question which made me think, kindly support me so that I will rethink in the right direction.
-- Ankur Shah, September 7, 2005
Thesis: School for the blind
Dear Ankur,

If you think there's no relevant information in there, then you must indeed be blind :).

The first link I gave you, specifically, has feedback on how to design for blind/partially blind users, and even a link to Nikuj's design project for the blind; how is that not relevant? Read again... it's not fun to rewrite everything for those of us who contribute often...
-- Ozgur Basak Alkan, September 7, 2005
Thesis: School for the blind
I think you got quite enough information, just want to add a pair of things and to open a discussion.

We could talk a lot on every issue but the best way to get into things is to know them by yourself... You should go and see how blind people live, what are their needs. Their residential school will be their world: so how do they like their world to be?

What is becoming an important topic by us are the gardens for blind people. So you could consider a garden in your project too. By chance last week I've seen a program on the Pensile Gardens of Babylonia in which it was told that the gardeners, or those who chose flowers and plants were mainly women and blinds because of their refined senses.

Will it be possible that in a close future blinds will do projects for themselves? Shouldn't it be so? (as just said above they did it in the past on the open space) Is it our fault that we don��t consider this opportunity? I once saw a singer singing to deaf people: music, voice and the hands language. It was very impressive.

Just to stress this point I add this text taken from "The Evolution Deceit" a book of Harun Yahya.
-- Alia Himmat, September 10, 2005
Thesis: School for the blind
Hello Ankur,

Coincidentaly my thesis topic was also a school for the blind; unfortunately I don't have it in a digital format, only a hard copy which is in Portuguese. In any case, you should visit the following sites, where you'll find some useful information about blindness itself and the psychology of the visually impaired, and also regarding what kind of a program to establish (mobility skills or formal education, or a combination of both, what age groups, basically what is the school going to offer?) etc.

If you have any specific questions you can post them and I'll try to answer. The sites are:

http://www.blind.net
http://www.nyise.org/blind.htm
http://www.spedex.com

Don't be disheartened if at a first glance the sites don't seem helpfull... they really are.

Good Luck,
-- Lorenzo Lamptey, September 10, 2005
Thesis: School for the blind
Hello Ankur.

Indeed a challanging topic. Sensitivity towards the barriers in design should lead to a rich design that enhances senses other than sight, like touch. By way of incorporating a variety of tactile cues to act as landmarks so that persons will be able to orient themselves.

Here are a couple of links to the similar threads in other forums.

http://www.afb.org/message_board_replies.asp?TopicID=297&FolderID=3
http://www.designcommunity.com/discussion/5220.html

Its all about integrating the design, which provides innovative modes of interaction and mobility for the delight of challanged as well as sighted..
-- Abhinav Tiwari, September 10, 2005
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