Eyeway Stories

Renewed Vigour

Thirty-two-year-old Sher-e-Ali hails from Leh, Ladakh. Born sighted, Ali started losing his vision when he was studying in Class X. But his family offered him all possible support and he could continue studying. Despite all challenges, Ali is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

In 2022, he contacted the Eyeway Helpdesk in Srinagar and expressed his desire to learn mobility skills, braille script and computer. The helpline counselor apprised Ali of several training programs for his rehabilitation but understood mobility to be his biggest challenge. So, Ali was advised to go to Delhi and enroll for a mobility program at the All India Confederation of the Blind (AICB).

He finished the training with a boost in his confidence to navigate through spaces independently. He could seamlessly travel using the Delhi metro on his own. This left Ali desiring of several other things he could do independently. He now wanted to become fluent in English and become job ready for mainstream employment.

The Eyeway counselor connected Ali with various organizations that could offer him suitable training for employability. He was also put in touch with organizations that help with the placement of persons with vision impairment in different job roles.

Ali has a renewed vigour to achieve more and live an independent life. He no longer feels limited by his blindness. He is now focused on solutions that can make him co-exist in a sighted world.

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