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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.

News

Sightsavers campaigner Anuradha speaks at development conference

Sightsavers campaigner Anuradha speaks at development conference

28 March 2017

Disability advocate Anuradha Pareek, who featured in Sightsavers’ 2015 Framing Perceptions photo exhibition, is appearing as a key speaker this week at a conference on sustainable development in Bangkok, Thailand. Continue reading

Meet Janki Winning a Bronze at Blind Judo

Meet Janki, Who Did India Proud By Winning a Bronze at Blind Judo Championship in Tashkent

01 June 2017

Janki Goud, a resident of Kurre, Pipariya in Jabalpur District, Madhya Pradesh could have never imagined giving flight to her dreams and stepping out of her village, let alone the country... Continue reading

Actor-Director Rajat Kapoor brings Macbeth to life and gives people the gift of sight with Sightsavers

02 September 2017

Rajat Kapoor is back on stage and this time it's in the Silicon City of India; Bangalore. He presents one of William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies with a comic twist- with the introduction of clowning... Continue reading

“Eyes OK Please”- A report on National Truckers Programme unveiled by Sightsavers

13 September 2017

One of the Country’s biggest Eye Health Programme for the truck drivers community... Continue reading

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