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BPA

Blind Persons' Association

The premier organisation of and for the sightless in West Bengal

Let Us See the Light of Knowledge

"Let us se the light of knowledge" is our motto. Knowledge alone can compensate for the loss of sight. Blind Persons' Association has tried to spread this message among the sightless people. Without knowledge a sightless person cannot contribute to the progress of the society and attain true social recognition.

When Professor late Nagendranath Sengupta started this organisation with a few sightless youths in 1946, their goal was setting up a common platform for exchanging their views. The members of the organisation realised in the sixties that the main problem of the sightless people lies in the lack of identity in the society. Their quest for identity can never be fulfilled unless the sightless share social responsibility with their fellow-brothers. They urged upon the members to plunge themselves into social activities. At the same time, the organisation took upon itself the task of promoting education among the sightless solely relying on patronage of the common people. The organisation has so far established three blind schools, a spice production unit and a Braille press and library facility in different districts of West Bengal.

Braille Press Complex The Braille press and library project of Lal Bihari shah Braille Academia produces Braille books in Bengali and English and supplies them at Rs. 10 per Braille volume to sightless readers individually. Institutions may collect these books at paper cost. Check the list of Braille books for price and other details. The organisation also produces audio books for sightless listeners. These are available free or at the cost of CD.

Helen Keller Smriti Vidyamandir One of these institutions, Helen Keller Smriti Vidyamandir has been receiving grants under the Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. The spice-grinding unit is attached to this institution. It trains its students in various skills for their all-round development.

Last updated on September 18, 2014

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