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  • The Eyeway helpline was set up in response to a flurry of calls from people across the country, sharing their respective challenges due to vision impairment. Callers asked us about ways to restart their education, how to secure a job, what provisions were available for their social security, ways of operating a phone or a computer and so on.

    Sharing information and guiding them to...

  • Workplace harassment is not unheard of. Women often face sexual overtures from their male colleagues in professional space. And hence, the government has mandated organisations to have a Sexual Harassment Policy to safeguard their rights and dignity.

     
     
    If the woman is disabled in any way, her vulnerability is amplified. 25-year-old Priyanka (name changed) is totally...

  • 22-year-old Nikita Ghagre suffers from Retinitis Pigmentosa, an eye condition that results in gradual sight loss. Growing up in Mumbai, Maharashtra, Nikita managed her daily life and education with partial vision. She struggled to read the blackboard from a distance and had to hold the printed textbooks very close to decipher the contents....

  • On June 12, 2008, the Reserve Bank of India issued a notification ordering all banks “to ensure that all the banking facilities such as cheque book facility including third party cheques, ATM facility, Net banking facility, locker facility, retail loans, credit cards etc. are invariably offered to the visually challenged without any discrimination. Banks may also advise their branches to...

  • 26-year-old Jismy Paul was born sighted in the Ernakulum district of Kerala. After finishing her graduation in Commerce, Jismy was all geared up to become a Chartered Accountant (CA). She was in the midst of preparation when she developed some nerve disorder that led to sight loss. For the last two years, she and her family have been recklessly pursuing ophthalmologists hoping to regain her...

  • 16-year-old Sowmya (name changed) was born blind in the Bidar district of Karnataka. Her parents didn’t want their daughter’s education compromised due to disability, so at an early age they enrolled her in a special school for...

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    The pandemic has resulted in job losses and financial crunch for millions across the country. News reports have been full of stories of people struggling for rations, medicines and other daily essentials. Paying for electricity, water or rent has been extremely tough in the wake of rising unemployment.

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  • A majority of blind citizens continue to live on the margins because they remain unaware of the possibilities of inclusion into the mainstream. Most parents admit their visually impaired children into special schools and often...

  • The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the entire world and India was among the worst hit by the deadly second wave.  According to health experts, vaccination is one way of preventing or at least reducing the damage caused by the virus. 

    So far nearly 10% of the Indian population has been fully vaccinated and around 25% people have received their first dose. The percentage of...

  • Blind and visually impaired people are often excluded from the mainstream, because of the barriers in the physical environment as well as a negative mindset towards them. Many a times, their dependency or vulnerability makes them easy targets for exploitation. 

    But not every disabled person is weak. 30-year-old Sonu Kumar lives in a village in Vaishali district of Bihar. Born to a...

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