NAB India Centre for Blind Women & Disability Studies is one of its kind Centre for empowerment and rehabilitation of blind women in India. It’s also the only center to conduct job mapping studies to develop as many jobs as possible for blind or visually impaired women in India. The Centre provides training to both educated and uneducated visually impaired women with the objective of enabling them to gain employment, take up higher education and regain their career after a gap (due to late onset of blindness). The Centre is busy enabling Livelihood Creation for the hidden visually impaired (VI) women by empowering them with skills and training that help them lead a life of dignity and socio-economic independence.
When they come in, they are lost, dejected, dis-empowered.
However, with each passing day, it’s the smile on their faces and the spring of confidence in their steps which keeps us going.
NAB India Centre for Blind Women and Disability Studies envisioned a dream of financial independence, increased self-worth and happiness for every blind girl in India.
The year 2002, gave shape to our dream and ever since, NAB India Centre has empowered thousands of blind women in India.
Deeply moved by the research findings of a study on ‘Status of Blind Women in India’ carried out by NAB and Asian Blind Union, Ms. Anuradha Mohit Dalmia (Director, National Institute for the Empowerment of Person with Intellectual Disability-NIEPID,Govt. of India) and Ms. Shalini Khanna (Founder-Director, NAB India, Centre for Blind Women & Disability Studies), National Association for the Blind-India, Mumbai, decided to set up this centre to make every blind woman independent. The study brought to light the deeper vulnerabilities and the state of deprivation for blind women residing across the country. Poverty clubbed with blindness for a woman made her an absolute social & family outcast which needed a different approach for rehabilitation and hence came into being the NAB India Centre for Blind Women & Disability studies.
- Sustaining lives of most marginalized women, creating a ripple effect in the communities.
- To rehabilitate helpless and unskilled blind women from rural and urban India and to help them with skills to earn their livelihood & regain their dignity.
- To let blindness be no longer a disability for women across the country by enabling them and empowering them to dream and live their dream.
- To change the status of blind women in India by providing rehabilitation, training, education, guidance and dignity in the lives of thousands of visually impaired girls and women.