India’s National Assn. for the Blind to Partner with Perkins

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Enhanced collaboration will bring more, better services to Indians who are blind

Mr. K. Ramkrishna NAB, India Hon. Secretary General said, “The alliance between Perkins and NAB, India will establish novel ways for partners to expand vitally needed services for individuals who are blind and deafblind.”

Perkins and the National Association for the Blind, India (NAB, India) have announced a new and dynamic collaboration that will help to accelerate growth of programs in India for people who are blind.

“NAB, India is one of Perkins’ oldest and most valued international allies,” said Perkins president Steven Rothstein. “They are a model of commitment and vision not only in India, but for the world. Our mutual belief in the power of education to change lives brought us together and will sustain our energies in this newest chapter of our joint efforts.”

“Twenty percent of the individuals in the world who are blind live in India,” Rothstein noted. “The overwhelming majority of students who are blind and deafblind do not attend school.”

For the first time in its 183 year history, Perkins will work with an international partner not only to build capacity and expertise to educate children who are blind or deafblind, but also to cultivate financial support outside the United States. By creating new opportunities for Indian donors to support the work of NAB, India and Perkins International partners, those organizations will be able to deliver more services to more people more effectively. According to Perkins International director Dr. W. Aubrey Webson, “Leveraging our longstanding affiliation with NAB, India will help all of our partners here expand programs and reach a larger segment of the population who live with visual impairments and multiple disabilities.”

Collaboration has always been characteristic of Perkins’ work, whether on their school campus near Boston, Massachusetts, or around the world. In addition to long-established relationships with organizations such as Voice & Vision India, a national training center initiated from Perkins, Helen Keller Institute for Deaf and Deafblind (Mumbai), SOBTI parent-initiated vocational training center (Mumbai), Worth Trust (Katpadi), Blind People’s Association (Ahmadabad), Vidya Sagar (Chennai), Clarke School (Chennai) and many others, Perkins educational and technical expertise has been shared in schools and centers throughout India.

Perkins is also committed to promoting braille literacy in India. Literacy through braille is critically important for students who are blind. Perkins has a long-standing partnership to assemble braille machines with Worth Trust and is promoting braille in schools.

“Strengthening partnerships has become even more important during difficult economic times where the face of philanthropy is changing dramatically,” said Mr. K. Ramkrishna NAB, India Hon. Secretary General. “The alliance between Perkins and NAB, India will establish novel ways for partners to expand vitally needed services for individuals who are blind and deafblind.”

About Perkins International
Perkins most famous student, Helen Keller, visited Mumbai in 1955 to lay the cornerstone for NAB, India’s Workshop for the Blind. Perkins provides education, services and products to people who are blind, deafblind, or visually impaired with other disabilities, to build more productive and meaningful lives. Perkins pursues this mission both locally and globally. Founded in 1829, Perkins reaches more than a 650,000 people each year in 67 countries around the world. The organization advances its mission through its various divisions: School for the Blind, International, Library, eLearning, and Products. Learn more at http://www.Perkins.org

About National Association for the Blind, India
For more than sixty years, the National Association for the Blind/India (NAB) has maintained its vision of an empowered and well-informed population of people who are blind working for personal growth and development, thereby leading life to its optimum potential. Its mission is to prevent blindness as far as is possible while at the same time working to empower those who are blind with education and training, to attain self-sufficiency through employment/self-employment, thus achieving personal dignity and full integration in mainstream society. Visit http://www.nabindia.org

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