St. Louis Institute for Deaf & the Blind


The inauguration of a new Braille printer was held on June 15, 2016. The printer was funded by the staff of AON Pvt. Ltd and was coordinated by Udhavum Ullangal, a Chennai-based NGO working with…? The function was graced by the presence of senior management from AON including Mr. Vijaya Prasanna - Chennai Head, Ms. Sripriya – Indian Delivery Manager and Ms. Poornima, HR Head and by Mr.Shankar Mahadevan, Founder-Trustee of Udhavum Ullangal The printer, an Index V4, model uses special A4 Braille sheets. It has many features like double-sided printing, direct type-to- print using Duxbury software. It can also convert MSWord and PDF documents to Braille with just a key-stroke. It can work across Windows 7, 8 and XP.

This printer comes as a boon to the institution, since now the students can get their texts and guide books printed as and when required. A host of other general reading matter needed by the visually impaired can now be easily made available to them, without the strenuous effort of using a Braille typewriter. A simple example is the ballot papers which were prepared for the voting process to elect the Student Pupil Leader of the School. The names were embossed on the Braille sheets and each student could independently read and select the candidate he wanted to vote for. St. Louis is extremely grateful to AON and Udhavum Ullangal for fulfilling this long-felt need that will benefit many generations of students and staff.

Handing over the Braille Printer to Mr. Lakshmi Narayan, Braille Teacher

Children receiving the Braille Printer

AON volunteers planting sapling ti mark the inauguration of Braille Printer