Saba Rizvi comes from a conservative family in Lucknow, UP. Neither Saba, nor anyone in her family knew about the facilities and the opportunities Saba Rizviavailable for the blind to study, so she never went to school and had always thought that blind people like her can only be home-bound all throughout their lives. Then after 34 years, she almost instantly got addicted to the then new radio show for the blind, Eyeway – Yeh Hai Roshni Ka Karawan (Caravan of Light).
Avdhesh Kumar Kaushal has 6/36 vision. He appreciates Eyeway for guiding him as he continues to adjust to his eye condition, with the myriad of information and advice he got from Eyeway. When he started to lose his eyesight, he feared that he would also lose his teaching job in a central government school. Eyeway gave Avdhesh confidence after the Helpdesk informed him of the job security to blind people as stated in the People with Disabilities (PWD) Act, and specific concessions and other policies.
Anjina Bhat of Noida in UP is mother to Arush, a 3-year-old boy who is nearly blind because of retinal degeneration. Anjina has considered Score Foundation a valuable knowledge and motivational resource in bringing up her son. The parenting section of the Eyeway Website www.eyeway.org for instance, provides her information in developing the skills of Arush to become independent.
Mayank Sharma started to lose his eyesight when he was in class three in a regular school in Delhi. Mayank’s teachers were unexperienced in handling students with disability and advised his parents to transfer their son to a school for the blind. Despondent over the school’s approach to their son’s situation, the Sharmas approached George Abraham, the CEO of Score Foundation, for guidance on how to handle their son’s lose of sight.
Amit Patel knew that there are compensating facilities which a blind student like him can use that will give him an equal footing with other students. His university allowed him for a scribe to write his MBA exams, but not extra time to take the exam. He then sought the help of Eyeway. Eyeway helped Amit in acquiring copy of the rules in MBA courses which is the basis of Amit’s request for compensating facilities.
Gautom Baruah of Guwahati, Assam is an enterprising young man despite his blindness. Gautom runs his own shop where he sells cellphone connections, recharge coupons, and other basic telecom gadgets. He had always wanted to independently do easy recharging for his clients so that he would not rely on other people for an otherwise easy task. Gautom once heard over the Eyeway Radio Show about the talking software for cell phones which what he was looking for.
Alpana Dubey had always been optimistic about life and had strong resolve to face challenges in reaching her ambitions. When Alpana lost her eyesight which was the result of a complication of Menengitic hydrocephalus, her strength of character and support of family and society in general did not disrupt her optimism to reach her dreams. One of these is Eyeway, which still constantly gives her a rich knowledge resource and motivation to lead a full life amidst blindness. Eyeway counselled Alpana when her usual confidence waned as she chose her course of study.
This student pursuing a Masters Degree in Computer Applications (name withheld on family’s request) has had deteriorating eyesight when he was finishing his college degree. Thus, when he started graduate studies, taking regular exams became more difficult because of his low vision. He asked for some consideration of extra time from his university based on what he thought were “humanitarian grounds” for a vision impaired student. He was not aware that the support he sought for was in fact his right.
S.P. Singh was a young family man, earning a decent living as a teacher for some years until he started to lose his sight because of severe retinal problem. Gradually becoming blind is the lowest point of his life. Then one day, he heard an inspiring radio show on living with blindness, the Eyeway- Ye Hai Roshni Ka Karwan, and suddenly started to shift his perspective about blindness. After that enlightening moment, he became motivated to call the Eyeway Helpdesk for more information which until now helps him adjust to his vision impairment.
Manjula and Jayant Mahajan have twin daughters Prachi and Pragya. When the twins were just six months old, the parents discovered that both of the girls were blind. Life came to a stand still for the Mahajans. The future looked bleak and scary. They did not know what to do or what to expect, until they received some good advice that told them what to do, what the challenges were and how to address them and what potential the children had. The Mahajans stopped sulking and began planning and dreaming. Today Prachi and Pragya are living wholesome lives studying in mainstream schools.
Harshit Agarwal of Jabalpur, MP, has low vision due to Ocular albinism. He requested from his university an allowance of extra time to write by himself his 3rd year BCom examination. However, the university did not allow him for an extra time, apparently because there is no central circular issued to universities for them to implement such provisions for vision impaired students. Harshit referred his problem to the Eyeway Helpdesk, and right away, he was connected to an NGO in Bhopal which contacted the Chancellor of the university in the state.
Our Bengali radio show Eyeway Alor Patho Jatri will go on air on 12 February 2012.
Eyeway West Bengal is a collaboration of Sanchar & Score Foundation.
From 12 February, our Bengali radio show Eyeway Alor Patho Jatri will be aired every Sunday from five stations of All India Radio in West Bengal. The station and time details are as follows:
AIR Kolkata on MW - 1:45 pm, 657KHz/456.6 metres
FM Rainbow on FM - 1:45 pm, 107MHz
AIR Siliguri MW - 8:30 pm 711 KHz/421.9metres
AIR Shantiniketan on FM - 8:30 pm 103.1 MHz
The second season of our Oriya radio show will be aired every Saturday at 6:25 p.m.
Eyeway Aloka Pathe Tuma Sathe, our 15-minute radio show in oriya, is now airing every Saturday starting from 01 January 2011, at 6:25 p.m. This show is jointly produced by Score Foundation and Open Learning Systems, Bhubaneswar, and supported by Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and Department for International Development (DFID).
The show will be aired on the following channels:
Our hindi radio show Eyeway Yeh Hai Roshni Ka Karawan was launched in 2005. The seventh season of the show will be aired every Wednesday at 9 p.m. on 30 stations of Vividh Bharti and Delhi station of FM Rainbow from 14 September 2011.
For more Information : Frequencies
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