Fuelling Dreams

Blindness can be disorienting and traumatizing especially when it involves young children. This means all the habits, routines and processes one relied on have to be relearned. As a parent, it needs acceptance and careful handling as it has a significant bearing on the child’s future.

Pawan Kasliwal from Ichalkaranji, Maharashtra, went through the pain of watching both his children, a boy and a girl lose vision. Not losing hope, he continued supporting them to live an independent and fulfilling life, instilling confidence in children about their future prospects.

Pawan’s older child, Mohit aspires to be a software engineer. However, with no role model to look at and discouragement for blind students from pursuing the Science field, both father and son, unsure about the way forward, approached Eyeway for guidance.

Eyeway understood their apprehensions and explained to them about various career opportunities within the Science stream that Mohit could opt for. He was also informed about the special provision for blind students, where they only have to appear in the written exams and are exempted from the practicals.

Next, Mohit was connected with a Delhi based technical education expert on subjects like Science, technology and engineering for visually impaired students. Pawan was also counseled to enroll his son into ‘The Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged’ that provides customized support to visually impaired students, making their educational material and examination method accessible.

This infused fresh energy in Pawan and his children. Mohit is excelling in his studies and has recently enrolled for a Science course at a local college. His sister, now in Class 9, fluently operates computers using screen reading software.

Eyeway believes that an independent life is every blind individual’s right, and therefore continues to support this cause through knowledge and resource sharing.