[AI] Firm prepares blind for corporate world

Vishwanathan K S kalpathyvs at gmail.com
Thu Jun 26 10:13:21 EDT 2008

Interesting.I would like to know the name of the firm which is preparing the 
blind for the corp
Best Regards,
Tel No: 022-28738192
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From: "prateek aggarwal" <prateekagarwal99 at gmail.com>
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Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2008 2:54 PM
Subject: [AI] Firm prepares blind for corporate world

> hi all,  i would like o share a ews ith you.
> kindly avoid if you know about it.
> Firm prepares blind for corporate world-
> 22-6-2008
> MUMBAI: After years of grappling for a brighter future, Urvish Patel
> has finally seen light at the end of the tunnel. Urvish is blind in
> his right eye and
> suffers from 60% blindness in his other eye. The 25-year-old has
> landed himself a job at the global help desk in a BPO where he begins
> work shortly. Urvish
> was one of eight visually-impaired of the pilot batch for advanced
> computer training designed for the visually-impaired. The training was
> an initiative
> by the firm TCS Maitree.
> "Most jobs for the visually-impaired are in the informal sector. For
> years I worked as an office assistant but was not happy as I longed to
> be a part of
> the corporate world. However, with my disability I found it difficult
> to realise my dream," says Urvish.
> Urvish is the sole earning member of his family. His father is retired
> while his mother is a homemaker. From birth, he suffers from blindness
> in his right
> eye and a high fever at age 19 weakened the sight in his left eye.
> He completed college by recording notes or using a magnifying glass
> while studying or photocopying notes in huge
> fonts.
> Today, however, he feels vindicated.
> "The salary at my previous job was very less. I will now earn more
> than three times as much as I used to. I can proudly say that I have
> realised my dream
> and have made my parents proud," says a beaming Urvish. At the global
> help desk, Urvish will troubleshoot problems with the help of
> user-friendly
> software
> for the blind called JAWS.
> At present, the second batch of 16 visually-impaired students chosen
> from all over India are being trained at the M N Banajee Industrial
> Home for the Blind
> in Jogeshwari. They will be trained in IT
> infrastructure
> and service management, the BPO sector as well as in soft skills.
> Sporting a bright blue tee is 24-year-old Deepti Patelkhana from
> Hyderabad. Deepti worked as a medical transcriptor and is now
> attempting to gain knowledge
> about systems and system
> auditing. "
> I always had weak eyesight. A brain fever at age 10 followed by
> meningitis caused me to lose my vision completely. The doctors could
> retain some part of
> my vision only after an operation," she says.
> According to her, her ears now perform the function of eyes. "With the
> help of JAWS I can chat, email and even read a newspaper," says the
> girl. JAWS is
> a powerful
> software program
> designed to work with a speech synthesiser to improve the productivity
> level of the visually-impaired. After this course, Deepti hopes to
> join either the
> human resource department in the IT sector or a non-voice based BPO.
> Geetanjali Shinde, a behavioural trainer at the centre says working
> with the visually-impaired is fun. "They are very enthusiastic and
> intellectually stimulated.
> They are very curious, passionate and opinionated."
> Also working closely with the batch is Nina Screwvalla, global head of
> TCS Maitree. Screwalla says that being with these special people is
> inspiring, "Their
> enthusiasm for life is infectious and after this training they will be
> on par with people like us."
> Founder of Maitree, Mala Ramadorai says that the training will ensure
> that these visually-impaired will require no concessions." Concessions
> at the physical
> level is understandable but not at the competence level," she says.
> Of the eight persons in the pilot batch, six are placed at various
> corporate houses, while the other two didn't opt for employment. The
> present batch will
> finish training in a month's time and are enthusiastic to take on the
> corporate world.
> regards,
> prateek garwal.
> cell: 09928341197
> e-mails:
> prateekagarwal99 at gmail.com
> cooldood_prateek at yahoo.com
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