In an article for Mobility International’s AWAY journal on students with disabilities studying abroad, CLS alumna Esha Mehta (2012) shared her experience studying Hindi in Jaipur, Rajasthan for eight weeks. After disclosing her blindness to CLS staff after her acceptance of the scholarship, the CLS program was able to arrange living and learning accommodations, including converting Hindi learning materials into Hindi braille and arranging an extra class on Hindi braille. Esha constantly adjusted her cane travel skills to the new obstacles and environments, but was happy for the opportunity to travel independently around the city. She began volunteering at a local school for the blind, and discovered that students there had never used canes before. She was able to share this experience with the students, opening up new ways for them to be independent. Esha hopes to use her Hindi to provide skill training for the blind in India, and psychological support to all.
CLS Participant Featured by Mobility International
July 30, 2015