A unit of NAB Mumbai- NAB India Center for Blind Women & Disability Studies was set up in 2002 based on the research findings of a study on “Status of Blind Women in India” carried out by NAB and Asian Blind Union, Ms. Anuradha Mohit (presently Director, NIVH) and Ms. Shalini Khanna (Presently Hony. Secy., NAB Center),
NAB India CBW & Disability Studies is one of its kind Center for empowerment and rehabilitation of blind women in India. It was founded on the property donated by late Smt. & Shri. Saradindu Basu at Haus Khas Enclave, Delhi. The Center provides training to both educated and uneducated visually impaired women.
- To help them gain professional skills and get absorbed into the workforce
- To take up higher education by joining premier Universities
- To resume their career after a long gap because of the onset of disability.
- The center has rehabilitated more than 550 women providing them with improved quality of life with the aid of customized and modern vocational trainings.
- It has supported professional career oriented education for the blind girls (in MBA,CA, MSW, International Relations, Home Sciences – Health and Nutrition, B.Ed, M.Phil)
- It has achieved employments of blind women in diverse fields like Quality analyst, Market research, reception counters in offices etc. Furthermore it has done pioneering employments in export houses for the visually impaired women.
- It has given an Annual Cultural Festival for the blind youth of Delhi, coordinated by the first ever Rotaract Club of the blind people in Delhi, attended by more than 200 people every year.
- It has been an integral research partner & Disability Inclusion Consultant with ERNET (Ministry of IT), National Institute of Visually Handicapped, American India Foundation etc. on various researches and disability studies since 2008.
- The center has initiated Job mapping for the blind in various industries across the country, in partnership with AIF’s ABLE
- It has developed skills and vocational trainings of visually impaired women for greater job opportunities.
- It has started a Cafe at the Center which is run and managed by the visually impaired trainees. This will further create avenues for visually impaired women in self employment by making them entrepreneurs in the long run.