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How one blind man's love for colour helped start a successful business

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:33 -- geeta.nair

KUALA LUMPUR: Have you ever wondered what a colourful work of art looks like to a visually impaired person?


For blind craftsman Omar Ali, his disability is a constant reminder that life is beautiful in spite of a person’s hardships and struggles.


Even though he doesn’t see them, the spectrum of colours has changed his life for the better.


Omar, 52, raises a family of seven by making colourful rattan tudung saji, or food covers, at his home in Ulu Melaka, Langkawi.


Gurgaon: Visually impaired lead the way in this unique car rally

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 11:43 -- geeta.nair

It was a car rally like no other, as visually impaired participants turned navigators and guided drivers with normal vision through rough terrain spanning 47 kilometres. The idea was to send out a message that disability is no bar to taking up any pursuit and breaking new grounds.

While the rally sought to raise general awareness on the importance of adhering to traffic rules, it also presented visually impaired people with an opportunity to overcome their disabilities and showcase their road navigating skills.

Visually impaired Kannada prof receives doctorate from BU

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:39 -- geeta.nair

Bengaluru: Disability is not a reason to give up on life, but a weapon one can use to prove that nothing is impossible. Nagashetty, 37, swears by this motto. Born blind in one eye and losing sight in the other when he was 15 years old, the gritty professor is probably the first visually impaired candidate to receive a doctorate from Bangalore University.

Garo Hills Footballer Awaits to Represent India at World Cup for Blind

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:33 -- koshy.mathew@ey...

A footballer from Meghalaya’s South West Garo Hills is set to present the country at the Football World Cup for the blind next year.

Killing D Marak, 24, a resident of Rongsepgre near Ampati is a former pupil of Montfort Centre for Education in Tura, West Garo Hills. He is currently in Kerela along with the Indian contingent, training for the World Cup and awaits one final test before he is chosen to the squad.


Fri, 11/10/2017 - 10:32 -- geeta.nair

Sanyasa Kumar Behera, the first visually-challenged OAS officer, assumed office as the Training Reserve Officer at the Establishment section of the Collectorate here on Wednesday.

Behera, who is 100 per cent visually challenged from birth, is now doing entire office work through Braille script. Before joining, he had undergone four-month training at the Gopabandhu Academy of Administration in Sambalpur.

Meet Kartik Sawhney: A visually-impaired Indian who's making things happen

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:47 -- geeta.nair

In a world lost in selfies and procrastination, it's rare to come across stories of youths that inspire action towards a more just, inclusive tomorrow. Kartik Sawhney's is one such story.

Though his life has been a series of achievements, Kartik has one physical disability, he was born blind.

But that never stopped him from achieving feats that most youngsters only read about.

TRAVELEYES finds new ways to experience the world’s wonders

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 10:13 -- geeta.nair

AMAR Latif plunged into unchartered territory when he started Traveleyes, the only holiday company whose trips open up new worlds for travellers by pairing those who can’t see with those who can.

Yet since 2005 thousands of blind and visually impaired people have seized the chance of its sensory and sociable trips to discover places where once access for them was off limits.

Now thanks to entrepreneur Latif if they fancy rambling along the spiralling paths of Machu Picchu, the Inca citadel high among the Peruvian Andes, they can.

Blind cyclists complete 400km ride

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 11:27 -- geeta.nair

THE wind on my face was exhilarating and it made me feel good to be alive,” recalled Kiw Sin Ee.

The 24-year-old lass from Johor was describing her experience after cycling 400km from Kuala Lumpur to Perak in a tandem bicycle expedition.

“There were times it was so hard, especially going uphill, but when we went downhill, it was so much fun,’’ Kiw said, adding that it really tested her resilience.

J&K’s visually impaired student in US Space & Rocket Centre

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 10:44 -- geeta.nair

JAMMU, Sept 25: Shubham Tandon, 19 year old visually impaired student of Jammu, has proved that nothing is impossible and disability can’t stop anyone to succeed if the one is determined.
He has  won “Light House Vision Scholarship ” and is now representing India in a week long training ca-mp at  US  Space & Rocket  Centre.
He is the Ist visually impaired student of J&K, who got this opportunity. He is one among thirty other worldwide scholarship winners from different countries, who have been selected for this Space Camp at Huntsville (Alabama), USA.

Visual impairment no hurdle for him

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 10:30 -- geeta.nair

Never-say-die attitude is what made them winners

BENGALURU: It was no easy journey for Sheikh Tanveer Asif to success in UPSC exams. Overcoming numerous odds, this candidate from Kalaburagi secured the 25th rank.
It was his second attempt at the exam. Asif said as he was preparing for both state civil service and IAS exams, he was unable to dedicate his time fully to the national level exams.


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