Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Rehabilitating lives

Viyyapu Naresh works as Junior Assistant with the Visakhapatnam Forest Department and draws a monthly salary of Rs 12,000. What is commendable is his journey to this happy situation. Diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) at a very young age, his visual acuity was limited to 20/100 in both eyes. Right from reading and working on the computer to recognizing faces and moving around independently, everything was a huge challenge for him. The Vision Rehabilitation team at LVPEI's GMR Varalakshmi campus, Visakhapatnam, played a key role in shaping his personality and career. In addition to the mobility training he received, he was also trained on how to use JAWS - a special software for visually challenged people. He was guided on how to avail the various government, medical and railways departmental concessions. With the help of audio visual books, he was able to crack competitive examinations. Naresh and his family are very satisfied and happy with the services that they received at the centre.

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