[AI] Blind look for new career options as masseurs
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Mon Jul 23 09:55:34 EDT 2007
Blind look for new career options as masseurs
Monday, July 23, 2007 14:32 IST
NEW DELHI: With beauty and personal care sector coming up as one of the fastest-growing in India, it is also offering a chance for the visually impaired
to break the
traditional mould and look for new career opportunities.
Some 50 visually challenged people have undergone training in therapeutic massage since the Blind Relief Association, New Delhi, started a course in collaboration
with the Vandana Luthra Curls and Curves (VLCC) Institute three years ago.
"It is a vocational course mainly aimed at imparting scientific training to the blind in massaging and body therapy techniques to help them become self-reliant,"
says A David, the project manager of the Association who designed the course, open for both men and women who passed eighth standard with science as one
of the subjects.
Covering relaxation and therapeutic massage, pressure point massage and aromatherapy, the three-month course is recognised by the VLCC, which imparts training
to the instructors and awards certificate to the students.
Four batches have passed out since the course was started in 2004, and while some 15 visually impaired students are working independently, several have
opened their own massage parlours, providing jobs to others, says Rampal Singh, who is working as an instructor. The Association is also providing self-employment
and placement assistance.
"We are imparting the training free of cost to equip the visually challenged to make a career for themselves," Yogesh Sethi, the CEO of VLCC Health Care
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