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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.)
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