A Sense of Independence

Oct 11, 2010

“Today, you see more blind persons walking alone, not because there are more of us, but because we have learned to make our own way.”

Those are the words used by the National Federation of the Blind in the United States to describe the achievements blind people have made in life and work over the years.

In India, that level of independence is still a work in progress. Of the 37 million blind people around the globe, 15 million are from India, making it home to the world’s largest number of blind people. There are two million blind children there, and only five percent of them receive any education.

That’s why the Amway Opportunity Foundation (AOF) recently opened its eleventh Centre of Excellence, in Mumbai, in partnership with India’s National Association for the Blind.

At the Centre, visually impaired children and teenagers gain the computer skills they need for future jobs in the public and corporate sector. Speech software is installed on each computer, so students can hear instructions and what they’re typing, and learn programs like the Microsoft Office suite, Java, Internet Explorer and more.

Computer skills are only the beginning of these students’ journey in gaining the ability to exercise – to the fullest – their individual talents and capacities. In the end, the ability to work alongside their sighted peers is what will bring them economic independence.


Grand opening in Mumbai. The other ten AOF Centres of Excellence are operating in Gurgaon, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Patna, Ahmedabad, Pune, Trivandrum and Hyderabad.

Thanks to S Viswanath, Raj Narain and Cindy Droog for contributing to this article.

  • 1 Comment

    • Yoginder Singh says:

      Good work AOF and its team keep it up.

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