Founding Story, Mentally Disabled, Ummeed

The force behind Ummeed

Who’s the force behind this organisation that is working so hard to provide ummeed in the lives of these children and their families? It’s the powerful combination of Vibha Krishnamurthy and John Thattil. While Vibha brings a rare blend of intensive medical training and innate intuition to the table, John has over 16 years of experience…

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Vaibhav, reading Braille, provided by the NAB, India
Founding Story, National Association for the Blind, India, Visually Impaired

National Association for the Blind, India – How it all began

The NAB was setup by a certain Mr. Alpaiwala. Initially destined to become a lawyer, Mr. Alpaiwala became involved with the cause of the blind when he himself lost his vision in his late-twenties due to Retinitis Pigmentosa – an inherited, degenerative eye disease that causes severe vision impairment and often blindness. So from law, Mr. Alpaiwalla…

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Everyday Heros

Being a reader for the visually impaired

One of the interesting aspects of my visit to the NAB’s Worli office was my chance meeting with Soham Sen. A first year student at Symbiosis college at Pune, Soham was back home for the 2 month summer holidays. And unlike most teenagers his age, he’d decided that he would like to spend part of…

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