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Dealing with sight loss at 71

Joseph, now 71 years old from Ernakulam, Kerala first encountered the challenge of losing vision when he was 10. It was myopia, more commonly known as near-sightedness and he never knew it was the beginning of a road less taken. He fixed the situation temporarily with a pair of glasses although his vision was deteriorating gradually. With no knowledge of it and no visible challenges earlier, he lived an independent life taking care of his business, wife and two daughters.

Importance of educating oneself

30-year-old Ganesh Walpathar is a resident of Koppal district in Karnataka. He is blind by birth. Ganesh completed his Class 12 from an Open University but unfortunately due to financial constraints he couldn’t continue his education any further. He contacted the Eyeway Helpdesk seeking information on availability of manual labour jobs. The counselor called up EnAble India Candidate Support Team to get details on jobs available for visually impaired persons. However, such jobs were available only for those who had low vision.

Denial of school marksheet

Rahul Kumar Yadav is a 19-year-old resident of Etawah, Uttar Pradesh. He is visually impaired since birth and has been dependent on his parents for daily navigation. He completed his education till Class 8 from a Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan identified school. Both his parents were farmers and it grew difficult for them to accompany him every day to school. Thus, he could not continue to study further than this.

Seeking assistance to further his ambitions

15-year-old Ajay Kumar was born blind in Sirsa, Haryana. His parents took him to various eye specialists with the hope of finding a cure. But the doctors told them that there were very low chances of restoring the boy’s vision. Ajay is now studying in Class 8 at the Helen Keller Blind School in Sirsa and is passionate about becoming a music teacher. Ajay’s father is a daily wage labourer and his mother is a housewife, who has been a constant support to him, encouraging him to be independent despite his inability to see.

DU admissions: Almost 10 per cent rise in registrations under PwD category

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 10:12 -- geeta.nair

There has been an increase of almost 10 per cent in the number of registrations under the Persons with Disabilities (PwD) category at the Delhi University, officials said Sunday.

A total of 1,665 people have registered under this category on the varsity’s admission portal this year, including an acid attack victim and leprosy-cured persons.

Twenty-one conditions are included under the PwD category.

Now, kids with special needs to study with regular students

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 10:42 -- geeta.nair

Children with special needs will now study along with regular students in secondary schools specially set up for inclusive education in the state, according to officials.

Four such schools are being set up in Prayagraj, Lucknow, Auraiya and Kannauj districts as part of a new initiative of the government.

District disabled empowerment officer, Prayagraj, Vipin Upadhyay said: “In Prayagraj, the special school is being constructed at a cost of Rs 16.97 crore in Gedurahi village of Meja development block, around 35km from the city in trans-Yamuna area.”

Auditor of Local Fund Audit (Odisha Staff Selection Commission (OSSC)

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 13:14 -- geeta.nair

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Nationwide contest seeks to unearth and showcase talented blind cooks

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 11:08 -- geeta.nair

The joy of cooking can be experienced by anyone, that’s the driving thought behind a cooking contest for visually impaired people to be held nationwide soon.

Blind Masterchefs like Christine Ha have shown the world that given the right tools and training, people with visual disabilities can cook and cook well. Now, an upcoming cooking competition aims to give visually impaired people the opportunity to pit their skills against each other.


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