The Federation of Telangana Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FTCCI) Hyderabad, in partnership with the LV Prasad Eye Institute's Rehabilitation Centre, hosted a groundbreaking program at its Red Hills premises this past weekend.
Sixteen visually impaired students from the LV Prasad Eye Institute's Rehabilitation Centre embarked on a transformative visit to FTCCI, aimed at exploring skill development opportunities and career prospects for individuals with visual challenges.
Meela Jayadev, President of FTCCI, and Suresh Kumar Singhal, Senior Vice President of FTCCI, personally engaged with the visiting students. Meela Jayadev emphasized, "Employers are increasingly open to hiring individuals with visual disabilities, recognizing their exceptional skill sets. Both the government and private sector offer a wide range of job roles for the visually impaired."
Jayadev further noted, "With the aid of screen reader software, those with no usable vision can navigate technology independently. This unique interaction serves to enlighten visually challenged individuals about suitable career paths and also allows FTCCI to explore the possibility of providing meaningful employment opportunities for them."
Technology has empowered visually impaired individuals to excel in diverse professions, including teaching, medicine, retail, therapy, and countless others. However, misconceptions and limited awareness often lead to high unemployment rates among the visually impaired.
Experts speaking at the event emphasized the importance of providing the right guidance to young visually challenged individuals, highlighting that physical limitations should never hinder one's pursuit of dreams. Suresh Kumar Singhal pointed out, "There are no limitations; numerous visually impaired individuals have proven themselves equal to their sighted peers. For instance, Eric, who is visually challenged, successfully climbed Mount Everest."
During the event, students shared their aspirations, challenges, and success stories, fostering a supportive and inclusive environment that nurtured a sense of belonging and camaraderie among participants.
FTCCI, dedicated to promoting inclusivity and empowerment, tailored the program to meet the specific needs of visually impaired students. Ms. Geeta Naresh, a Motivational Coach, delivered an exceptional session on employability and confidence, aligning with the event's overarching theme of "3C – Confidence, Communication, and Competence."
About FTCCI: The Federation of Telangana Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FTCCI) is a prominent business association in Hyderabad, dedicated to fostering economic growth, promoting entrepreneurship, and advocating for the interests of the local business community.
About LV Prasad Eye Institute's Rehabilitation Centre: LV Prasad Eye Institute's Rehabilitation Centre is a renowned institution committed to enhancing the quality of life for visually impaired individuals through comprehensive rehabilitation services and skills development programs.