Our mission is to Provide Seamless education opportunities for school children with specific Learning disabilities (SLD) through an assistive tech platform.
Our journey commenced in 2015, and it has been a remarkable experience thus far. We began with a manual screening tool, and gradually progressed towards establishing 3R labs in seven distinguished educational institutions. We had the privilege of being incubated by the Institute of Dialogue with Cultures and Religions (IDCR), Loyola College, during our initial stages, which proved to be a fortunate opportunity. Furthermore, we are grateful to have been awarded our first fellowship grant from the Centre for Social Innovation and Management (CSIM).
After our humble beginnings, we entered a new phase of collaboration as we got incubated at NSRCEL, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM -B). With their support, we were able to take our remedial content to new heights by presenting it in a game-based way.
This was the era of digitization for us. We partnered up with NIEPID and NIEPMD, (autonomous organizations functioning under the aegis of the Indian Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment) to scientifically validate our online, at-home based screening tool and intervention program.
In a brief span of three years, our progress has been remarkable!! We have conducted over 10,000 Intervention sessions, and are still counting. We now have over 100 dedicated special educators to support our students. We have also partnered with Microsoft Corp., which recognized the gravitas behind our initiatives and is now backing our projects in Government schools.
We want to give access to students across the world by providing content in regional languages, in easily-consumable formats and mobile phone platforms. Over time, we hope to build a robust Content Management System and establish a marketplace for special educators. Our long-term goal is to nurture Dyslexic thinking while employing dyslexic thinkers to revolutionize the SLD ecosystem.
Remedial Interventions provided
Lathika Pai, Country Head, Venture Capital and Private Equity Partnerships, Microsoft India, said Microsoft is empowering organisations and individuals to achieve more, through co-innovations and trusted partnerships.
The Centre for Social Initiative and Management bestowed a Fellowship upon Founder Arun Fernandez to aid in his efforts towards fostering social entrepreneurship and its positive impact on children with learning difficulties.
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, IIM-B took the helm and navigated 3R Labs to success with their Nadathur S. Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning program (NSRCEL), setting sail towards a brighter future for children with learning difficulties. With the support of Mphasis, HDFC Smart up, and Capgemini, we set out to create an informal screening tool and the DLearners Parent App to help identify and support these young sailors on their journey.
The Institute of Dialogue with Culture and Religions (IDCR) at Loyola College has generously awarded a grant to the Blink Foundation. This grant will support the work of the foundation and help us to continue to bring together scholars and knowledge seekers from all over the world
DLearners is a member of the Niti Aayog, and Atal Innovation Mission's cohort focused on developing assistive technology innovations for inclusive education.
Microsoft awarded a grant to the Blink Foundation, utilizing the DLearners platform of Blink Research and Services to aid over 2100 government school students in six Indian states: Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Telangana, and Karnataka.
Vanguard Logistics, a multinational logistics company with operations in 35 countries, awarded a grant to the Blink Foundation through their Corporate Social Responsibility program to aid children with learning difficulties in government schools throughout India.
The Blink Foundation was honoured as the winner of the Innovate for an Accessible India program, which was jointly organized by NASSCOM Foundation and Microsoft India Initiative in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, and the Education and Research Network. As a result of this achievement, the foundation received a trophy, a certificate of achievement, and a grant.
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