Milestones

2003

  1. Training in computers for educated blind women commences with the launch of a Cyber Café by Microsoft.
  2. A hostel is established to accommodate around 15 blind girls to provide support to those unable to travel from their homes for pursuing their education or training.

2004

  1. A handicraft unit is set up with the help of Friends India Association, Germany
  2. Training in Home Science for vocational trainings started for Blind women.

 2005

  1. An audio library started for blind women.
  2. Personality Grooming with novel training with capsules like theatre for blind women started as an additional compulsory training

2006

  1. Our first fundraiser theatre performance with an industrialist group MANTHAN, got us 20 lakhs for a new Radio & Research Wing!
  2. Personality Grooming with novel training with capsules like theatre for blind women started as an additional compulsory training
  3. Scholarships Programme to the tune of Rs. 15,000 per year started for students wanting to pursue higher education and professional careers. More than 70 students have made careers through NAB Centre even in courses like MBA

2007

  1. A new Media wing started by our sponsors- MANTHAN Society, for workshops on theatre, personality development, yoga and other similar activities.
  2. NAB-CONSORTIUM’ GUEST HOUSE started, with the help of a sponsorship by Consortium Securities Pvt. Ltd.

2008

  1. Radio Studio started with the help of Manthan Society, to facilitate radio trainings for the blind as an avenue for employment.
  2. NAB – Adosh Memorial Library for the Blind: Books made available for the blind women in e- text, Braille and audio with reading facilities on computers in accessible formats and magnification devices.
  3. NAB- Devi Working Women Hostel: To support the blind working girls (as an interim stay arrangement).
  4. Research Wing started with a monitoring and evaluation study sanctioned from the Ministry of IT, ERNET.

2009

  1. The Research wing is assigned a two year long research on “Nature & Scope of services for visually impaired people in India” by the NIVH.
  2. The centre creates its own ‘Blind Women Advocacy Forum’ for advancement of disability and gender related issues in the country.

2010

  1. The Research wing works on and compiles India’s first national e-directory listing 800 institutions working for the blind in India.
  2. Chocolate making started as a part of the Handicrafts training
  3. The centre starts training in Massage therapy in collaboration with the Shehnaz Hussain Group, for semi literate and literate girls preparing them for employments in Spa and Beauty Culture.
  4. The Handicraft Unit was extended by adding a Candle Making Unit to it after successful completion of Professional Candle Making Workshop to the Handicraft Trainer

2011

  1. The centre develops a course curriculum for Spa and Massage Course from America India Foundation in association with Massage Experts from India and Experts from Tsukuba, a Japanese University. The duration of the course is 6 months.
  2. The Centre undertakes a research and submits a report on Job mapping in four industries in collaboration with the American India Foundation
  3. The Centre changes its name to “NAB-Centre for Blind Women & Disability Studies”

2012

  1. Oorja Spa and Massage Unit–In March 2012, the centre started training in therapeutic massages. Today the Oorja Spa is open to clients at the centre and is also catering to home visits on demand.

2013

  1. C. Dhawan Hostel Block for blind girls started in October 2013.The hostel has capacity for 35 blind girls with all basic amenities. The hostel is equipped with enough natural light, air and rooms are spacious enough with a common area for recreational activities with kind support from Mrs. Sarla Dhawan and many others.
  2. A new unit of NAB-Kamla Bhatnagar Centre for research and employment started in Chitra Vihar, East delhi.
  3. Conducted a research study for NIVH for reviewing the identified jobs for vi under `B & `C categories in Govt. Departments, PSUs, & banks etc in order to promote quality and meaningful employment to persons with visual impairment in the country.
  4. Conducted a study of the Status of Employability of PwDs in Corporate Sector in India
  5. NAB Centre coordinated a national conference on `Harnessing Accessible Technology for empowerment of persons with visual impairment’ for NIVH.
  6. Coordination of master trainers training in massage therapy-workshops were organized at NIVH Dehradun, NAB-BPA Gujarat and Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, Delhi-was undertaken by the Centre in association with SNESVI, Japan.

2014

  1. NAB Centre in collaboration with Oxigen, has jparticipated in 4 eye camps as part of CBR activities.
  2. A sensitization programme on Diversity & Inclusion at workplaces organized at Fortis Hospital, Gurgaon to encourage the hospital chain to employ PWDs at various locations
  3. An awareness workshop on capabilities of visually impaired organized at Expedia.
  4. NAB Centre’s students presented a theatrical play `Aapki kya soch hai at Indian Habitat Centre on Dec 2 and at Teen Murti Bhawanon Dec 3 on disability and social issues.
  5. NAB Centre in association with Rotary Delhi South Metropolitan organized a sensitization programme by way of Awareness walk for barrier free roads by blind women.

2015

  1. A Café started at the Centre which is run and managed by the visually impaired trainees. It will help in creatinfg avenues for visually impaired women in self employment by making them entrepreneurs in the long run.