It was nearly 25 years ago that our CEO, George Abraham visited a school for the Blind in New Delhi. What he saw there shook him to the core. The services were poor, the facilities were sub-standard and the curriculum was watered down. He asked some of the teachers about the future of those children. The reply was prompt and delivered in a monotone, as if it was a pre-conditioned response. “Some of them make it to the University, many of them fall by the way side.” That is when George realized how fortunate he was, for he was born into a family where his parents saw his potential and invested in him. They gave him a great education, and equipped him with all the skills to succeed in life.
There is a huge population of people who are blind and visually impaired in India. WHO estimates around 63 million people who are blind and have low vision. The Government puts it at 5.32 million while activists put the figure at 42 million. They are not given equal education opportunities, career opportunities or social standing as their sighted counterparts. In fact, they are often perceived as lesser beings. Due to a lack of access to information, they are unable to lead fulfilling, independent, economic and socially productive lives.
But it’s also true that persons with blindness have proved themselves in various fields time and again. We know of successful blind lawyers, IT experts, journalists, accountants, teachers and many other professionals.
At Score, we believe that blind people are potentially a part of the human resource of the country and they must be invested in.