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.

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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.

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Our Mission

- 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.

Our Vision

- 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.


The Inception - 2002

Based on the outcome of research study on Status of Blind Women in Rural India, the NAB India,Centre for Blind Women was established in 2002, with a Vision to empower and  enable VI women across the country.


In order to educate VI on computer skills a Cyber Cafe was opened with the help of Microsoft.


Handicraft (Friends India Association – Germany) & a home science training unit was set up.


Audio Library for the Blind was established & Personal Grooming training for VI girls was initiated.

2006 - 2007

Began scholarship programs to pursue further studies. Media wing started

2008 - 2009

Research wing started for defining scope for blind in regular jobs and job mapping across industries.

2010 - 2012

Training in massage therapy. Course developed with Tsukuba University, Japan. OORJA , SPA & Massage unit open for client therapy


NAB Centre  for Research and Employment set up in Chitra Vihar, Delhi.


Awareness drives on inclusive & barrier free roads was conducted


Café run by VI women started,

Talking Hands Clinics were established at Umkal Hospital and NAB India, CBW where 4 blind therapists were placed.


Discovering Hands brought to India for early cancer detection. The training started with 8 VI women and 4 trainers under the project.


Under the Discovering Hands Project a research was initiated to validate the unique methodology in Indian scenario. Also collaborated with Hospitals like C K Birla, Tata Memorial Hospital- Mumbai, Medanta The Medicity.

Nepal Mediciti also showed interest in the project and tied up with NAB India, CBW to train Nepalese women with blindness on the unique technique.


The COVID -19, pandemic affected the entire world altogether. During this dark time NAB India Centre for Blind Women, reached out to more than 1000 families of persons with disabilities in order to ensure food for them.

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