Thirty-four-year-old Deepak Arora belongs to a middle-class family in Faridabad, Haryana. He had a comfortable life growing up, studied in a mainstream school and later secured an MBA in Finance.
All was going well, until he started losing vision two years ago. Deepak went to a lot of eye doctors after which he was diagnosed with a degenerating eye condition, Retinitis Pigmentosa. He began to face issues performing his job as an Assistant Manager in a BPO.
He sought support from the Eyeway Helpdesk, on how he could continue working, what would be a better job role given his blindness, possibilities of normal living and so on.
The Helpdesk counselor not only addressed his problems but also worked on building his confidence which was shattered after late blindness. He was recommended to watch Eyeway’s inspiring TV series called, Nazar Ya Nazariya to gain insights on how visually impaired people can lead happy and successful lives.
As for rehabilitation, Deepak was advised to take computer training using screen reading software from Xavier's Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged, and mobility training from the National Association for the Blind.
Looking for secure employment options, Deepak wanted to prepare for competitive exams which would make him eligible for government jobs. Eyeway put him in touch with Deepstambh Foundation that offers free coaching online to visually impaired aspirants. He was also apprised of the online digital library, Bookshare, where he could easily find books and study material in an accessible format.
Deepak is now in the process of rebuilding his life using the various resources and information shared by the Eyeway counselor. Feeling confident once again, he is willing to take the necessary steps towards a better future.