[AI] Job vacancy at XRCVC, Mumbai for Mobility and Braille trainer

Prasanna Pincha prasannapincha at gmail.com
Thu Jul 19 05:34:21 EDT 2007

Dear Sam!

It feels great to get to read your mail and also to get some glimpses of the 
fascinating work and effort which you and your team are putting in.

Incidentally, this mail of yours also gives me an opportunity to renew my 
contact with the members of this spirited group. I am Prasanna Kumar Pincha. 
I am currently working with ActionAid India as a senior manager/theme leader 
on the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. I have 
taken up this assignment only recently. Prior to this, I was working as the 
Regional Manager, ActionAid, for the northeastern region and was based in 
Guwahati. I have since relocated myself to Delhi following assumption of my 
current assignment.

I also happen to be the  former joint-director, social welfare dept. Govt. 
of Assam, and the founder Principal of the Govt. Jorhat Blind Institution.

My chemistry is that of an activist's. I was profoundly influenced by the 
perspectives of two blind leading activists, namely, Dr. Jacobus Tenbrook 
and Dr. Kenneth Jernigan, both past presidents of the NFB of USA. I feel 
that the movement which got under way under the tutelage of these leaders in 
the United States of America is  the strongest and the most vibrant self 
advocacy movement of the blind.

Be that as it may, I feel, you will feel favourably disposed towards the 
idea of deliberating on the recently adopted Convention I referred to above. 
To my humble way of thinking, this Convention arms us with a powerful 
bargaining tool for negotiating with the state as well as with the civil 
society in respect of our human rights and foundamental freedoms. One 
significant implication of this convention is that the indian laws, both 
disability specific legislations as well as general legislations will now 
have to be amended since India is a signatory to this international treaty, 
and since the union cabinet of India is understood to have given its 
clearance for the ratification of the said Convention.

Kindly get it clear that I am not veryy good at the computer and always 
struggle with it. Now however, I am trying to convert this struggle into a 
play. Isn't that a good idea? So, please ignore my formating or any other 
error. Also please take no umbrage at the delay in responding.

Yes, I happen to be blind since my birth, and thriving at 55.

love and regards,

Prasanna Kumar Pincha.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Xavier's Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged,St. Xavier's 
College" <xrcvc at hotmail.com>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2007 2:04 PM
Subject: [AI] Job vacancy at XRCVC, Mumbai for Mobility and Braille trainer

> Dear A I List,
> We are writing to from the Xavier's Resource Centre for the Visually
> Challenged (XRCVC), St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. The XRCVC is a state of
> the art centre aimed at providing holistic education to the visually
> challenged students of the college. In addition the XRCVC runs a national
> level social advocacy project, 'Project Access' related to the 
> accessibility
> issues of the visually challenged. You can read more about us at our 
> website
> www.xrcvc.org (being updated)
> We currently have a total of 20 visually challenged students across the 5
> years of college. Further our services are also open to outsiders and on 
> an
> average we would cater to 25-30 students at a time on an intensive basis 
> and
> many more on a pert time basis. Our approach at the centre is to work for
> holistic growth and education of our students. We not only work towards
> providing educational support but also work for employability and
> independence.
> We currently offer computer training, English language training and
> personality development services. In order to meet the needs of our 
> students
> we need a trainer for Mobility and Braille instruction. Our requirements 
> are
> as follows:
> 1. Proficient in both grade 1 and grade 2 Braille and being able to 
> deliver
> training
> 2. A trained mobility instructor with at least 4-5 years of experience and
> willing to do mobility training across the city.
> 3. Proficient in English
> 4. And willing to aid and help with other center work and activities
> 5. Computer literate person will be preferred
> Compensation would match experience and qualifications. We will not be 
> able
> to provide housing or any such external support. Please spread the word
> around to your sighted friends also. We will also consider applications 
> from
> them.
> If either you are interested in the above or know of someone who could 
> apply
> for the above post please send in your CV to sam at xrcvc.org or contact us 
> at
> Dr Sam Taraporevala
> Director
> Xavier's Resource Center for the Visually Challenged
> St. Xavier's College
> 5, Mahapalika Marg
> Mumbai 400001
> # 022-22623298 or 022-22620661-5 (Extn 366)
> www.xrcvc.org
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