What Drives Us?
The fact is, persons with visual impairment are treated with pity and charity in this country, and their ability and potential are not fully recognized. These perceptions follow them around throughout their lives and when it comes to education, employment, availing services such as banking, exercising their right to vote or policy making, visually impaired people are often viewed as a low priority group to the extent that even most parents see them this way.
Attitudes are the biggest barriers which hold blind people back from becoming contributing members of society. Chronic lack of awareness and information means that 42 million visually impaired Indians are overlooked when policies are formed and services are meted out. The fact is education includes, informs and inspires, and if we understand that the education and rehabilitation of blind people needs to be invested in, the blind population of this country will no longer need to live on the fringes of society.
To realize personal independence, economic self reliance and social inclusion for all visually impaired people in India.
- 2002 - Score Foundation was launched with the founder chairman of the World Blind Cricket Association- George Abraham as our CEO.
- 2003 - www.eyeway.org which is a knowledge repository on information about Life with Blindness with information on a wide range of topics such as Parenting, Education, Employment, Products and technologies and more.
- 2005 - Our award winning radio show - Eyeway 'Yeh Hai Roshni Ka Karawan' was launched. The show completed its 11th season this year. To hear episodes from the show log onto YouTube!
- 2006 - The Eyeway Helpdesk which counsels and provides information to visually impaired people from across India was launched in response to calls from the Radio show.
- 2008 - The Eyeway SMS Alerts Service was started by way of which alerts on job opening, news, trainings and more were sent to subscribers.
- 2013 - We started engaging with other stakeholders as 2ewell, through our 13 part TV series called Nazar Ya Nazariya broadcast on DD National. To watch episodes check out our YouTube Channel!
Sixteen year old Suresh Jaiswal from Mirzapur, Bihar called us up last year. The son of a construction worker, Suresh came upon our Radio show by chance. After grueling counseling sessions we referred him to Jayati Bharatam, an organization in Lucknow that provides various kinds of trainings to visually impaired people. Today Suresh is doing exceedingly well. Having scored 85% in class 10th in U.P. Board examinations 2013 with Physics, Chemistry and Maths, he is now full of confidence and wants to study these subjects in class 11th as well. From not knowing what his eye disorder was called when he first contacted us, Suresh has come a long way, and now aspires to become a computer engineer.