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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 signs an MoU with SSEPD, Government of Odisha

27 July 2018

sabilities (PWDs) and inclusive eye health services for the economically weaker sections in 13 districts of Odisha.

Sightsavers signs an MoU with SSEPD, Government of Odisha

27 July 2018

Bhubaneswar, Odisha, July 25, 2018 – Department of Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD), Government of Odisha signed the MoU with Sightsavers to promote socio-economic development of Persons with Di Continue reading

Sightsavers signs an MoU with OPEPA for Strengthening Inclusive Education Programme in Odisha

26 July 2018

Bhubaneswar, Odisha, July 25, 2018 – Odisha Primary Education Programme Authority (OPEPA) signed the MoU with Sightsavers for strengthening Inclusive Education for visually impaired students in Odisha. Continue reading

A two-day state level workshop on SDGs, UNCRPD and RPWD Act organised for Persons with Disabilities in Odisha

09 July 2018

Bhubaneswar, Odisha, July 6, 2018 – A two-day workshop was organised by Sightsavers and European Union on Odisha Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rule-2018 and its linkages with SDG & UNCRPD. Continue reading

Sightsavers India touches hearts of Bangalore with the play ‘A Walk in the Woods’

02 July 2018

Bangalore, July 2, 2018: Sightsavers India, brought the renowned play – ‘A Walk in the Woods’ directed by Ratna Pathak Shah for the Indian audiences in Bangalore on June 30th, 2018. The Indian adaptation of Continue reading

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