National Association for the Blind, India

Enter the world of the visually impaired at the National Association for the Blind

It’s hard to believe that less than 100 meters away from the sprawling and flashy Phoenix Mills lies a world just the opposite – at the King George V Memorial, as you turn towards Mahalaxmi station, which is home to over a dozen NGOs. Quiet and bare, this world is home to people in need – street kids, orphans, those with disabilities, as well as the visually-impaired, amongst others. And it is here that one finds the National Association for the Blind’s (NAB) Rehabilitation Centre.A hill-station-like vibe sets in as you proceed towards the NAB premises, which are located towards the end of this multi-acre property. A vibe that is soon lost as you step into the NAB centre and enter the world of the visually impaired instead. Name plates in Braille, talking computers and walking cranes laid to rest at the foot of desks of the visually impaired are just some of the signs that greet you at this centre.

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How it all began

Alpaiwalla was born born in Bombay on May 7, 1887, and spent the greater part of his childhood with his grand-parents and uncle. He attended the New High School, Bombay, from where, in 1903, he passed the matriculation examination. Then followed four easy and pleasant years of college life at Elphinstone College, and in December 1907, Mr. Alpaiwalla got his B.A. degree, with physics and chemistry as optional subjects. Coming from a family of lawyers and judges, M Alpaiwalla’s natural choice of a profession was law. He joined his father’s firm of solicitors as an article clerk, completed his articles and took the L.L.B. degree in 1911.

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A glimpse into the lives changed

Volunteering Opportunities

1. Volunteer at NAB Worli’s Talking Books Center to use your voice to record audio books for the visually impaired. You will need to do an audio test first to see if your voice is clear enough when being recorded. A book recording is for a minimum of 3 sittings of 1 hour each (which you need to schedule directly with NAB between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday).

2. Volunteer to be a writer for the visually impaired during their exams. You will need to make yourself available between 9:30am-noon on a weekday at their Mahalaxmi Workshop when exams happen. Exams happen every few months. Get in touch with Pallavi Kadam (Director of the NAB Workshop at Mahalaxmi) at nabemp@yahoo.co.in for more details.)

Recognition

  • National Award in public recognition of its outstanding performance in the field of welfare of people with disabilities
  • Training Center for Teachers of the Visually Handicapped awarded the Certificate of “Excellence in Achievement” in 2004 by the Rehabilitation Council of India, New Delhi
  • The Sir J. Duggan Braille Press was awarded the AICB Anne & Arne J. Husveg Braille Promotion Award 2006

30 thoughts on “National Association for the Blind, India

    1. Hi Simin, I connected you to NAB via email. Please take it forward from there. You could drop by at their center one day and speak to staff directly on volunteering opportunities.

  1. I would like to volunteer for book recordings
    But I am working and these timings are clashing. I usually have a holiday on Saturdays but for some exceptional days only i work on a Saturday.
    Please let me know if it is possible to volunteer.

    1. Hi Poonam, I connected you to NAB via email. Please take it forward from there. You could drop by at their center one day and speak to staff directly on volunteering opportunities.

  2. I would love to volunteer to record or even live read at the NAB to any age group. I live at Prabhadevi and this works very well for me.

    1. That’s great Shital! Please get in touch with their Talking Book Center at the numbers provided on http://www.nabindia.org/contact-us/ an schedule an appointment. As mentioned on http://blog.giveindia.org/ngos/national-association-for-the-blind-mumbai/, you will need to do an audio test first to see if your voice is clear enough when being recorded. A book recording is for a minimum of 3 sittings of 1 hour each (which you need to schedule directly with NAB between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday).

  3. Hi I would like to volunteer for writing the exams. I mailed the mentioned email id but it hasn’t gone through. How can I apply?

    1. Thanks for letting me know that the email ID does not exist anymore. I would suggest you call them directly and ask to speak with Mr. Raman Shankar (their director). He should be reachable at the Worli office. It’s the first number provided on: http://www.nabindia.org/contact-us/ . They are open on alternate Saturdays in a month (not sure if it’s odd or even) to pay them a visit.

  4. Hi I would like to volunteer for NAB. I wrote a mail but couldn’t through. Please let me know how to apply for volunteering.

  5. Hello,
    I want to volunteer/work for NAB. I’ve assisted one blind candidate as an writer in recent past. But willing to do more & explore the oppurtunities. Kindly guide me how should i proceed further .
    Thanks,
    Nayan

  6. I did send a mail but no reply so ever. I tried their number too (Mr. Raman Shankar) but ,they seems busy as not picked up the call. I want to meet them directly at their office,can somebody tell me when and at what timings they’re available ?
    thanks in advance.

    1. I have sent your message across to them. Alternatively, check out their website for timings and then drop by one day when they are open.

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