Karna Vidya Foundation

Empowerment through Employment for Persons with Visual Impairment.

( Rehabilitation, career guidance and counseling services to persons with visual Impairments children and adults for education, livelihood opportunities.)

Karna Vidya Reading Centre

About Us

  • The main focus is to provide academic assistance and guidance to the Chennai based visually challenged students through reading programs.
  • Over 2000 students having been supported by over 400 volunteers.
  • The volunteers , who range from students/working professionals/entrepreneurs/retired people , read out to students who memorise the lessons or sometimes take notes in Braille. These students learn through ears.
  • Since , they have a powerful memory , whatever is read out to them is retained for long.
  • The services are entirely free and the students are also provided with refreshments during the sessions.

Facilities Offered

  • This program mainly supports under-privileged visually impaired students to complete their college education. The services of the reading center include:
  • Reading texts for students : The One Reader – One Student Principle is strictly followed during this reading session to ensure effectiveness.
  • Scribing services for under-graduate / post-graduate students appearing for university examinations.
  • Digitising of texts into audio format.
  • Preparation of charts and other assistive teaching devices for students undergoing teacher training.
    • Students are also assisted to take notes in Braille.


For Visually Impaired Men

Mrs.Shashikala Subramanian – 98402 31910

Bharat Senior Secondary School,
10, Kamaraj Avenue,
Adayar (Near Telephone Exchange),
Chennai-600 020.
Working Days : Wednesdays & Thursdays
Duration          :  04.00PM to 06.00PM

For Visually Impaired Women

Mrs.Shyla Vishwanathan          – 93810 04365

Sarada Vidyalaya Higher Secondary School,
135, Usman Road,
T.Nagar (Opp. Panagal Park),
Chennai-600 017.
Working Days : Wednesdays & Thursdays
Duration          : 03.30PM to 05.30PM (IST)


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