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  • 32-year-old Navnath resides in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. At the age of twelve, he lost his eyesight and was confined in his home for the next thirteen years. Born to a poor family with limited resources or knowledge...

  • 20-year-old Vicky Prasad from Nalanda district of Bihar aspires to be a teacher. But like him, even his dreams are confined to the four walls of his home. He is the youngest and the only blind son among five siblings.

    Vicky went to a special school for the blind in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh. An unfortunate incident on an excursion, where he accidentally fell in a lake led his parents...


  • 27-year-old Vikram Sawaj from Rahuri, Maharashtra was born with albinism, a congenital disorder that causes partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes.  Constant bullying for his different looks and vision impairment made...

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    "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." This powerful quote by Helen Keller stands true for any change we want to see around us. Many years ago, when I set out to bring a change in the way our society views blind and visually impaired people, it seemed like a...

  • When Bala Subramaniam from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at the age of eight, his future looked bleak. However, the disorder leading to gradual vision loss did not deter him from excelling in studies. With his knack for Physics, he got admitted into a Mechanical Engineering course. Of course his parents were concerned and uncertain about the choice of career,...

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    20-year-old Mansoor Pasha from Mysore, Karnataka is blind by birth. But he is an independent young boy who makes a decent living, running a mobile recharge shop. He also sells cosmetic items to supplement his earnings. Mansoor travels to Bangalore at least twice a week to acquire products and for other business purposes. He uses a free monthly bus pass issued by the Karnataka State...

  • Vineet Saraiwala works as Inclusion Lead with the Future Group and is also the Founder of Atypical Advantage, India's first talent platform for people with disabilities. His vision impairment has never been an excuse in life. Economic independence is not only about earning a decent sum but also having the liberty to access the money on your own. Vineet often struggles with payment gateways...

  • The society is quick to write off a person who is disabled and poor. But time and again, persons with blindness have challenged this common belief with their grit and hard work.
     
    Blind by birth, 20-year-old Rahul Gajare hails from Solapur, Maharashtra. He was born to illiterate parents who struggled to raise two blind boys. Education was out of question, until a relative...

  • The government has put in place strict laws and provisions to safeguard the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. But how effective is the on-ground implementation, when it comes to women who face dual discrimination due to their gender and impairment?

    Recently, the Eyeway helpline received a call from Pooja Vitekar, a 26-year-old visually impaired girl from Aurangabad in...

  • They say, ‘ignorance is bliss’ but that’s not true for everyone. Lack of awareness often deprives blind and visually impaired people from reaching their full potential.

    Take the case of Zainab Madarwala, a visually impaired girl from Patna, Bihar. A first year law student, this wasn’t Zainab’s preferred choice of subject. She had happily enrolled for a degree in Commerce but vision loss...

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