The loss of vision affects a person’s quality of life children and adults – hampering their physical, educational ,psychological and economic growth. People with visual impairment can remain isolated from society and confined to the four walls of their home. Several factors are responsible for this, some of which include:
When conventional treatments – medical or surgical – fail to prevent or restore vision loss, vision rehabilitation and sight enhancement services work at empowering people with low vision and blindness - to become important contributing members of the society. These services are a combination of learning daily living and work related skills and the use of suitable low vision devices and assistive technologies along with customized counseling.
CLGEI’s Subal department is aimed at providing Vision Rehabilitation to people with low vision and severe sight loss.
The comprehensive scope of service include assessment and prescription of low vision devices to help patients with low vision read again) to social, educational, and vocational rehabilitation through training or re-training patients with low vision and blindness to the highest possible level of their functional ability.
We , at CLGEI have been catering to our low vision clients since 2014. We have recently added services for patients with severe sight loss and multiple disabilities. ‘Subal’ the Vision Rehabilitation Department was formally established in December 2021. Rehabilitation services at Subal cater to those whose eye disorders are not medically treatable. Services at Subal are customized for everyone as per their needs to merge into mainstream society whether they are literate, illiterate, working professionals, unemployed etc.
Subal has 3 projects for the people with visual impairment.
1. Education for school-going and over-aged blind students
2. Adjustment for newly blinded persons.
3 Vocational Rehabilitation for adult blind folks above 18 years of age in
Mr. Vedpal Singh Arya and Mrs. Sandhya Arya, the residents of Chandpur in Sambhal district and the parents of 10 years old Yuvraj Singh Arya, heartily thanked us for helping them out in getting their son admitted in class 5th in a Delhi-based residential school (our partner – The JPM Senior Secondary School under the flagship of the Blind Relief Association).
On somebody’s suggestion they put Yuvraj in the mainstream school but due to lack of appropriate and desired resources he could not cope up with the mainstream curriculum. It took them 4 years to get the appropriate and trustworthy help which encouraged them to get their son rehabilitated in the new system of education meant for students with blindness and low vision.
He joined our basic rehabilitation course in April 2022. The course taught him to read, write, do basic mathematics and orientation and mobility within the span of 3 months. He joined the July session in 2022. However, in order to reduce the anxiety of the parents, we got Yuvraj admitted in class 5th in the month of April only. On the basis of it, we prepared him for the appropriate class.
of new challenges, situations and learnings, which would make him a better person and also prepare him to handle his life situations in a more mature and constructive manner.
Though the parents thanked the teacher and the institute for the desired help, we believe and understand that it would have never been possible without the positive support, hard work of the parents and students along with teacher.
You never know when and how a shared public transport can change somebody’s life. Rooma (name changed) a young aspiring Optometrist, who was then 23, met Mr. Devendra Ram in a public transport. Rooma started talking with Devendra Ram out of curiosity. She came to know that his dream of becoming a teacher was hampered as his parents were financially week and were therefore unable to afford the studies.
Fortunately, back in 2019, when Rooma learnt this, she was a student of CL Gupta Eye Institute. She directed him to our Low Vision clinic where his clinical examination was done. Devendra Ram, a resident of Bihar, was diagnosed with Microphthalmos, and had lost his complete sight. Just a right connect would have solved his problem. We connected him to Neena (name changed) who understood his need and put him in touch with a donor agency which sponsored his scholarship so that he can pursue his special Bachelor in Education (B.Ed.) in visual impairment.
Due to this sponsorship and the guidance of teachers of Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Divyanga University, he gained his required qualification. Eventually, in December 2021 he took his Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) and cracked it in March 2022. He is currently working as a teacher with a Muzaffarpur-based state special school named Shubham which is up to class 12th. Though he is happy with his current work, he is keen to join a government job. He thanked us for the much-needed help and support when he required it the most. Now he too has become an earning member of his family which brings dignity, self-respect and self-confidence to him. He said, “It won’t have been possible for me to reach here just by my determination and hard work, but the proper ecosystem too supported me.”
‘Subal’ (the vision rehabilitation) and community field outreach departments of our CL Gupta Eye Institute (CLGEI) collaboratively organized a day workshop for our community health workers (CHWs) of our vision centers. The main topic of the day workshop was the role of CHWS in empowering people with visual impairment. The session was taken by our partner organization (the Blind Relief Association) Deputy Secretary Operations, Mr. David Absalom who is in the domain of rehabilitation of blind and visually impaired persons for the past 27 years. A special educator also contributed in the session. Here you go for the event details:
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