Tuesday, 7 May 2013

From Blindness to a Bank P.O!

Mr Ananda Rao hails from Ramagundam in Karimnagar District. One of the three children of an NTPC employee, he is a post graduate in Law. He suffers from a rare form of blindness known as RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa).

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is the name given to a diverse group of inherited eye disorders. These eye conditions affect a part of the eye called the retina. RP causes permanent changes to the vision resulting in progressive vision loss. These changes may include difficulty with vision in dim light or the dark and the loss of side or peripheral vision.

As part of his rehabilitation, Mr Ananda Rao trained on various assistive software at LVPEI, including JAWS (Job Access With Speech), besides courses in personality development, English language training, mobility training, as also computer skills such as MS Office and the internet.

Referred by Mahindra Satyam, he is now recruited as a Probationary Officer with the Andhra Bank, and will commence with his training shortly.

He recalls with joy the time he spent at LVPEI during his six months training program in assistive IT. He is grateful to his mentors Shiva, Sai, Hema and Beula, and has fond memories of the wonderful farewell party given to all the rehab clients on completion of their course.

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