32-year-old Akshaya Panda is a visually impaired person from Berhampur, Odisha. He completed his Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). Following this, he was placed as an Executive Trainee in Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd (SJVN), Shimla and was later promoted to the role of an Assistant Manager. His role required him to read important documents and sign them when required. However, this proved difficult for him, as these printed documents were inaccessible given his vision impairment.
He got in touch with the Eyeway Helpdesk to seek assistance in this matter. The counselor informed him on the accessibility provisions compiled under the sections 40 – 44 of the RPWD Act 2016. With this, he wrote an application of request to the SJVN management. They recognized his need and assigned an employee to assist him to read printed documents and sign wherever required. Akshaya is thankful to Eyeway for the prompt intervention and guidance to address his grievance.