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  • Eighteen-year-old Neeraj Kumar hails from Siwan, Bihar. Totally blind by birth, Neeraj lives with his mother and siblings. His father left the family, and his brother works hard to provide for them all.
     
    Neeraj went to the local school till Class 8. He went to an education camp where he was taught to read and write in Braille. He also learned how to use his phone with the Talkback...

  • Twenty-three-year-old Mohammad Arif Khan was born in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh into a middle income family. At the age of three, Arif suffered from a fever which resulted in loss of vision. Two of his siblings also have low vision

    Due to the frequent visits to doctors and hospitals, Arif could never really focus on his education. His parents were keen on restoring his deteriorating...

  • Twenty-three-year-old Mohammad Arif Khan was born in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh into a middle income family. At the age of three, Arif suffered from a fever which resulted in loss of vision. Two of his siblings also have low vision.
     
    Due to the frequent visits to doctors and hospitals, Arif could never really focus on his education. His parents were keen on restoring his...

  •  Earlier this year in March, five visually impaired students appeared for their Class 12 CBSE Open Board examination. Things were going reasonably smooth until they reached their last scheduled exam for History subject.
     The examination center in Civil Lines, New Delhi allegedly denied the students to use their scribes to assist them in writing the said exam. The school apparently couldn...

  • Denial of banking rights
     
    Twenty-three-year-old Kalyan lives in Lakhimpur, Assam. Born totally blind, he studied in a special school up till 8th class. After that he moved to a regular school. But Kalyan and his family lacked awareness about the possibilities of life with blindness.
     
    It was during the Covid lockdown, that Kalyan encountered...

  • Twenty-three-year-old Pranali Daware was born with low vision in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Coming from a low income family, Pranali lost her father at an early age. Her mother supports the family through her income from a job in a private school.

    Her parents tried to seek various medical interventions to reverse their daughter’s eyesight but at the age of five, due to optic nerve damage,...

  • Digital empowerment to achieve career goals
    Fifty-year-old Om Prakash is a resident of Durg district in Chhattisgarh. He was born with an eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa, which results in gradual sight loss. Up till Class X, Om Prakash was able to attend regular school alongside sighted children. But as his vision began to deteriorate, he was unable to study in a mainstream...

  • Thirty-six-year-old Venkatesh A lives with his family in South Karnataka. He was born with a degenerative eye condition which resulted in gradual sight loss. Venkatesh could only study till Class 8 due to his parents’ poor financial condition, and he started working from an early age.
     
    He worked as a labourer, loading goods into a lorry, but as his eyesight deteriorated, he couldn...

  • Nineteen-year-old Ajay Kumar is a resident of Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh. Following an outbreak of smallpox at the age of 5, Ajay lost his eyesight completely. But he still managed to study, and he is currently pursuing Class 12.
     
    Ajay was born into a low income household, and his parents and siblings shared the family home with his maternal grandparents. Due to some discord, they...

  • Living with a disability is not easy in a country where a large section of the population still looks at it as an outcome of bad karma. And being a person with disability born to a poor household makes it harder. Now imagine a blind girl from a low income family, the stigma scales greater heights.
     
    The Eyeway Helpdesk receives fewer calls from women with blindness as they are...

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