Blindness affects not only the people suffering from it, but also their families and their loved ones. By robbing the affected people of their motivation to do anything, it can erode them of self- confidence. We try to set this right by training them in mobility and self-dependence and gradually enabling them towards taking up some kind of occupation.
During the past 42 years, NAB has been instrumental in providing rehabilitation services to the visually challenged people, both in urban and rural Karnataka. NAB also has been providing services to the visually impaired from other states like Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Meghalaya, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, besides a few from other countries such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Since its inception, NAB has lit up the lives of more than 25,000 visually impaired persons by way of training, education, employment, self-employment and preventive care.
Renum Kacker was born partially blind to Radhey Krishna Tandon and Sheela Rani Tandon in 1963.
At the age of 52, she lost her eye sight completely due to Glaucoma. But she has been working as a
Telephone Operator since 1981 and is today working for Bank of Baroda at Bereily, Uttar Pradesh.
Renum's family is a small and happy family consisting of her husband Anil Kumar Kacker, daughter Rashi Kacker and her son Sanchit, who works for HDFC bank, Bangalore. The family supports her completely.
But for Renum it has still been a tough journey. Her challenges after her complete vision loss were
many: She could not go to another room without anybody's help, could not recognize currency
notes, could not cook as before, could not recognize or select favourite clothes/dresses and she was
unable to function well.
She finally got to know about NAB through an internet search. Low on confidence and motivation, she decided to join the computer and mobility training course at the NAB.
She learnt keyboard orientation, Jaws Software command, MS Word, MS Excel, internet usage and e-mail communications. In the mobility training course, she learnt to walk independently and acquired daily living skills (personal grooming- sighted guided techniques, cane skills) and ILC (Independent Living skills).
Today, with the training which Renum has undergone at NAB-KB, she is independent in her mobility and orientation skills. She also has basic computer skills and can send and receive emails as well as any other sighted person.
Choudappa Rangappa Kundargi has had an unusually tough journey through his young life. 33 year old Born to Lt.Rangappa and Lt. Sona Bai in 1985 at Hubli, with normal eye sight he lead a normal life running his own business at the HP Gas Sub-agency in Havery district, Shiggaon, near Hubli. But at the age of 31, he was seized by a severe headache and vomiting sensation. He was hospitalized and after 5 days, he was diagnosed with brain thrombosis. Due to this he lost his eye sight. He was shifted to a hospital in Hubli where he was in ventilation for three months and another four months in the Intensive care unit. He had completely lost his consciousness and was in coma nearly for 3 months. After recovering consciousness, he was discharged though by then his nervous system had failed and he had no eye sight or sensation in his right hand. He stayed with his brother at Shiggaon after he lost his eye sight.
Choudappa's life had changed drastically. He could not walk alone, could not do anything independently and was obviously feeling very hopeless. It was then that he came across NAB through a Google search.
He came NAB-KB to get training in mobility and computer skills for one month and four months respectively. He learnt keyboard orientation, Jaws software commands, MS Word, MS Excel, internet usage and e-mail communications.
Through the mobility training course he learnt to walk independently, besides daily living skills (personal grooming -sighted guided techniques, cane skills) and ILC (Independent Living skills).
Today he can perform basic functions on the computer, his skills being on par with any sighted person. This shows the long distance he has travelled.