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Independent living Pappu Ram went blind & was homebound. With Sightsavers’ support, he overcame all odds

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We believe that people with disabilities such as blindness or visual impairments have an equal right to achieve their full potential, just like everyone else. Most visually impaired or blind children are denied an opportunity to participate in mainstream education. They get isolated from other children, find it harder to participate in daily community activities and find employment. As a result, they are more vulnerable to poverty and abuse, and many of them even die early.

We work to change the attitudes of communities, schools and governments by ensuring they adopt socially inclusive policies towards people with disabilities so that they are treated with dignity and are not denied their rights to appropriate healthcare, education and income.

Social inclusion for people with disabilities like blindness or visual impairment means ensuring they get equal rights and face no discrimination, especially with regard to education, healthcare and income.

Sightsavers and social inclusion

We work to ensure that the government implements its obligations under international conventions towards people who are visually impaired or blind. Aside from healthcare support, we promote social inclusion through:

  • Rehabilitation
    We work to equip people who are visually impaired or blind with the skills (daily living, vocational training, etc.), tools and assistance they need to earn a living and lead an independent life.
  • Inclusive education
    • We help train specialist teachers to provide in- and out-of-class support to children who are visually impaired or blind.
    • We support schools with the technology, physical aids (educational materials in Braille; white canes, etc.) and tools such as low vision aids (glasses, magnifiers, etc.) to enable visually impaired and blind children to access the same information and opportunities as non-disabled children.

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DPO Members supported by Sightsavers India take part in ‘European Disability and Development Week’ in Brussels

26 December 2018

velopment week in Brussels. The event was organised by European Disability Forum (EDF).

DPO Members supported by Sightsavers India take part in ‘European Disability and Development Week’ in Brussels

26 December 2018

3rd December to 7th December, 2018: Delegates from Sightsavers India and representatives of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) supported by the aforementioned international NGO were invited for the European Disability and De Continue reading

Sightsavers Honorary Brand Ambassador Kabir Bedi encourages truck drivers to get their eyes tested

12 December 2018

Mumbai, 12th December 18: Kabir Bedi, the Brand Ambassador of Sightsavers India visited the eye screening camp under RAAHI – National Truckers’ Eye Health Programme in Bhiwandi on the successful completion of Continue reading

Sightsavers celebrates World Sight Day in India

23 October 2018

World Sight day is celebrated globally to draw attention to blindness and visual impairment across the world. It is observed on the second Thursday of October every year. The theme of World Sight Day for 2018 was ‘Eye Care Every Continue reading

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