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Overcoming limitations

20-year-old Garv Sabharwal has been mostly dependent on his mother for decision making in every aspect of his life after he lost his vision in grade 6. With the guidance from National Association for the Blind (NAB), his parents were able to apply for a Disability certificate that helped him complete his Class 12 from a mainstream school. At NAB, he also underwent a basic computer training and a short advanced programme.

Seeking a dignified life

26-year-old Ramesh Kotti was born to a poor family in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Losing vision at an early age of 11, his parents thought of him as a burden. Since his father was an alcoholic, his mother decided to leave and remarry but this only made things worse for Ramesh as his new family treated him as a liability. He was forced to beg on the streets by his mother and when he denied to do so he was thrown out of the house.

A rude shock!


 

37-year-old Sumit Rakshit is a resident of Delhi. As a working professional, Sumit successfully climbed up the corporate ladder in his 13 years of work with reputed companies. He was responsible for deploying teams to various projects, training, liaising, overseeing offshore transitions and several other tasks attached to his managerial role.

It’s never too late!

18 years of age, Somnath Chandra has never stepped out of the house on his own. He has never seen the sight of a school or undergone any form of learning. Blind by birth, Somnath hails from a farmer family in Korba, Chhattisgarh.

As soon as his parents realized that their child was blind, they thought life was over for him even before it started. Somnath sat inside the four walls, not knowing what to do with his time and life.

A spectacular turnaround!


 

Ravi Dahayat was born blind to a low income family in Katni, Madhya Pradesh. He was confined to his home for a whole 27 years before he came in touch with Eyeway.

Ravi never attended school, didn’t have any friends, and was totally dependent on his family. Unaware of how to raise or educate a child with vision impairment, his parents assumed they would need to simply provide for him.

Curious to learn!

A resident of Kota in Rajasthan, Pawan Mahawar became visually impaired when he was only four years old. Although he comes from a reasonably well-to-do family, no one ever guided Pawan on how to pursue his life or education after blindness. He simply sat at home, being taken care of by his parents and sibling.

The right to choose!

Majority of our society deems persons with vision impairment to be worthless, as the general perception is that they cannot be educated or employed like their sighted counterparts. Even people who teach visually impaired children in special schools often believe that their career choices are limited to arts stream. So a lot of blind children stop studying mathematics and science after Class 8.

Assistive technology for ease of work

Dhavan Umredkar is a 47-year-old visually impaired person from Nagpur, Maharashtra. In 1996, he was employed in one of the departments under the Central Government. Unfortunately, ten years later, Dhavan started experiencing sight loss and was later diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa. His gradually deteriorating vision slowed his pace of work, which led to his transfer to a different department that required non-technical work. However, the lack of basic skills training made him face many challenges.

Thought it was all over


 

Earlier this year, Eyeway Helpdesk in Bangalore received a call from a worried father whose son’s vision had drastically deteriorated in the past few months.

Although Suresh’s son Sumanth had low vision and night blindness by birth, he could still function with the limited eyesight. Studying in a mainstream school, suddenly he was unable to read or write.

Offering timely support

26-year-old Punam Ohal is a visually impaired resident of Pune, Maharashtra. In February, she appeared for the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) clerk exam and cleared it. On selection for the post of clerk at a nationalised bank, she was asked to produce an online disability certificate, despite having a hard copy of the same. To do this, she was asked to apply for a Unique Disability Identification (UDID) card on the Swavlamban website and provide the hospital with a printout of the form.

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