All India Confederation of the Blind
The organization runs training/ rehabilitation programmes, Braille/audio book production for the blind in different parts of India.
Work and Achievements
Started in 1980 with meagre resources, the All India Confederation of the Blind today, is a premier self-help national organization of the visually impaired having 25 affiliate organizations from across the country as its members and benefiting more than 1,00,000 blind and low vision persons. It addresses key empowerment areas concerning services, rights and inclusion of the visually impaired.
This organization today works on an annual budget of nearly four crore rupees and the work is carried out through the implementation of more than 20 projects across the country. It has one of country’s leading school for the blind in Gurgaon, a state-of- the-art Braille Press to produce more than forty thousand braille pages per day, employment- oriented stenography and computer training for the blind, a free hostel for college-going visually impaired girls as well as scholarships and other supports for them, work in several rural districts of the country and a strong technology promotion project.
The CSO received the best NGO in the disability sector award from the Government of India in 2006, its Secretary General was conferred the highest international award in the blindness sector, the Louis Braille Medal by the World Blind Union in 2012 and the Padma Sheri by the President of India in 2014. Its President is the present Secretary General of the World Blind Union, the sole representative body of the blind globally.
Fund Utilisation Statement
Funds shall be utilized for making available mainstream children magazines in Braille like Balhans, Chandamama, Nandan to over 100 schools/libraries for the blind free of cost. This will benefit about 10,000 students each month.