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All India Confederation of the Blind
Sector-5, Rohini, Delhi - 110085, India.
Contact person: Mr A K Mittal
Tel: +91 11 270 540 82
Fax: +91 11 270 50915
The All India Confederation of the Blind's twin objectives are of advocacy and introducing innovative and model programmes aimed at the education, training and rehabilitation of both rural and urban blind persons. AICB is affiliated to the WBU and has 23 grass-roots level organisations of the blind all over India affiliated to it. It has a recording studio for the preparation of books for the college students; a high speed computerized Braille press making available over 10 periodicals, school textbooks and other reading material for children and adults; a middle level residential school for the blind along with a comprehensive resource centre complete with a tactile museum, a geography room, a science laboratory; a unit for the adjustment training for the newly blinded; a training programme for stenographers and computer operators and a comprehensive training and rehabilitation programme in rural areas through CBR approach. AICB also has a research section.

Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India
G T Road, Kanpur 208016, India.
Tel: +91 512 277 0172
Fax: +91 512 277 0617
Activities: The main objectives of the Corporation are - To promote, encourage and develop the availability, use, supply and distribution of artificial limbs & accessories and constituents thereof, to needy persons particularly disabled defense personnel, hospitals and such other welfare institutions. To establish facilities for manufacturing. To carry on the business of manufacturers, sellers, importers, exporters and dealers. The Corporation is also equipped with its own Research & Development team.

Asian Blind Union (ABU)
Sector-V, Rohini, Delhi 110085, India
Contact Person: Mr. S. K. Rungta, President
Activities: ABU has been undertaking a wide range of programmes and activities. It strives to actively strengthen its Affiliates. It has been organizing leadership training seminars to provide these organizations with competent and skilled leaders. ABU as also created the Capacity-Building Project which has been providing basic assistive devices and technical assistance to the Affiliate organisations. The ABUs Women’s Committee work continuously to raise the profiles of blind women in the concerned organizations. It has completed research studies on the status of blind women in the three sub-regions. ABU has also organized courses for providing enriched skills and updated knowledge to different professionals. Thus, teachers of subjects like Maths, Science and Geography, low vision professionals, mobility instructors etc. have been covered at these short duration programmes. ABU strives to provide translations in Arabic and Russian, of all major documents, such as its Newsletter, Research reports, Constitution, etc.

Association for Welfare of the Handicapped
PO Box No 59, 17/194A, M'Square Complex, Pavamani Road, Calicut, Kerala, 673 001, India.
Contact person: Dr. Kunh Ahamed Kutty, President
Tel: +91 495 2720434; +91 495 2720601; + 91 495 2724670
Fax: +91 495 2720028:
Activities: Facilitating rehabilitation of people with all kinds of disabilities and the welfare of women in distress and children.

Bethlehem Church Association for the Blind
Royapeta, Narsapur-534 275, West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Contact person: Rev. B. Israel, President
Tel: +91 8814 75296
Activities: This voluntary organisation works with visually impaired people offering education rehabilitation and vocational training.

Blind People's Association
Jagdish Patel Chowk, 132 Ft Ring Road, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad - 380015, Gujarat, India.
Contact person: Dr. Bhusan Punani, Executive Director
Tel: +91 079 2630 3346; +91 079 2630 5082
Fax: +91 079 2630 0106
Activities: Working for the education, training and comprehensive rehabilitation, inclusive education, advocay, community-based rehabilitation, research, publications and other innovative means for persons with all categories of disabilities.

Blind Person's Association
6B Panchanantala Road, 2nd Floor, Kolkata - 700029, India.
Contact person: Mr Anupam Chakraborty (Secretary)
Tel: +91 33 24605548 / 24377206
Activities: An organisation of and for the sightless people in West Bengal, India. It has been conducting three blind schools and a braille press in West Bengal. It produces braille books and supplies them at nominal prices to sightless individuals. It produces audio books in Bengali and supplies them either free or at the cost of CD. It negotiates with the state and the central governments for the rights of the sightless people. It also tries to offer any form of help which it can in need of the sightless people.

The Blind Relief Association, Delhi
Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg (near Hotel Oberoi), New Delhi 110 003, India.
Contact person: Mrs. Manju Bharat Ram, General Secretary
Tel: +91 11 2436 0480
Fax: +91 11 2436 4730
Activities: A non-government organisation providing a wide range of educational, training and rehabilitation services for blind children and adults. The Association runs the following programmes: A residential school for blind boys; A training centre for the teachers of the visually handicapped; A talking book studio; A computerized Braille production centre; A technical training centre; An industrial home and a small scale industry unit; A computer training project; A programme for the care and education of visually impaired children with multiple disabilities and a relaxation and therapeutic massage training centre.

Blind Welfare Society
Block F, Plot No. 5, Nihal Vihar, New Delhi 110041, India.
Contact person: Mr. Ram Prakash Bhola, President
Tel: +91 259 43232
Activities: The Institution aims at integrating the blind population with the general pattern of the society through a process of education and by equipping them with such vocational training to enable them to gain a reasonable degree of economic independence. The organization also aims at self-development of the blind and developing skills in them which helps them in achieving higher goals in their life. The Society also propose to operate a workshop so as to enable them to earn while learning.

Calcutta Blind School
Diamond Harbour Road, Calcutta 700 034, India.
Tel: +91 11 2467 1435
Activities: One of the prime concerns of the school is to see that the students join the mainstream of life and secure gainful employment. While, therefore, the school emphasizes extra-curricular activities including music, crafts, sports, physical exercises and even enrolment of its wards as scouts and guides, there is a well planned programme for vocational training, typewriting, light engineering and training for teachers and telephone operators. The Calcutta Blind School has also opened a research wing, where the main focus would be on the study of the socioeconomic conditions of the visually handicapped in the context of their family, community and the society at large as well as on education and the preventive and curative aspects of sightlessness. The research wing has plans to also develop training modules for adults.

Devnar Foundation for the Blind
Postal address: Plot No. 185, Road No. 1, West Marredpally, Secunderabad, 500 026, India.
School address: Devnar School for the Blind, 1-10-125, Mayur Marg, Begumpet, Hyderabad, 500 016, India
Contact person: Dr. A Saibaba Goud, Managing Trustee
Tel: +91 040 27703686
Activities: The Foundation aims to provide opportunities on par with international standards for the visually challenged children of India so that they will be absorbed into the mainstream of scoeity as socially productive adults. The Foundation's services include: accommodation, counselling, Braille/tape transcription, dog training and education.

Divine Fellowship School for the Blind
M.G. Road, Sarsuna, Calcutta 700061, India.
Tel: +91 33 2467 3351
Activities: Residential school for blind and visually impaired children.

Helen Keller Institute for the Deaf and Deafblind
Municipal Secondary School, South Wing, Ground Floor, NM Joshi Marg Near 'S' Bridge, Byculla (W), Mumbai 400011, Maharashtra State, India.
Contact person: Mrs. Beroz N. Vacha, Hon. Director
Tel: +91 22 2038 7052
Fax: +91 22 2301 8211
Activities: Its vision is to create, build and develop services for the Deaf / Deaf and Multiply Handicapped / Deafblind children and young adults through Day-Care/Residential Facilities and other ancillary services. Activities include: Free / subsidized education, transport, nutrition, hearing aids, and medical facilities, uniform. Counseling services for children, teachers and parents. Pre-vocational training and every effort to rehabilitate him / her in the society. Free / subsidized residential facilities for Deafblind children residing outside Mumbai.

International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
Central Office, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, L.V. Prasad Marg, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500 034, India.
Tel: +91 40 235 45 389
Fax: +91 40 235 48 271
Activities: Established as a co-ordinating, umbrella organization to lead an international effort in mobilising resources for blindness prevention activities. Its role is one of advocacy and information sharing and it aims to encourage the formation of national prevention of blindness committees and programmes.

International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)
West Asia Region, c/o Blind People's Association, Jagdish Patel Chowk, 132 Ft Ring Road, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad - 380015, Gujarat, India.
Contact person: Mr. Bhusan Punani, Regional Chairperson
Tel: +91 79 2630 3346
Fax: +91 79 2630 0106
Activities: International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment is a global association of individuals and organizations that promotes equal access to appropriate education for all children and youth with visual impairment so that they may achieve their full potential.

Little Flower Convent Higher Secondary School for the Blind
#127, GN Chetty Road , Chennai 600 006, India.
Tel: +91 44 826 9618
Activities: Established in 1926, the Little Flower Convent Higher Secondary School for the Blind is run by the Sisters of the I.C.M. congregation. The school aims at developing the basic skills and talents of wards through holistic education.

Louis Braille Vocational Training Centre for the Sightless
Ambapua, PO Berhampur, Gankam 760010, Orissa, India.
Contact person: Mr. B. K. Rath, Honorary Development Officer
Tel: +91 680 2404 160
Activities: Vocational trades department with daily living skills, mobility and teaching of English and Bharati Braille. Includes a Braille library and hostel facilities.

National Association for the Blind (NAB)
Sector 5, R.K, Puram, New Delhi 110022, India.
Contact person: Mr. Trilok Nath, President
Tel: +91 11 261 02 944
Fax: +91 11 261 87 650
Activities: The National Association for the Blind-Delhi, is the largest non-government, voluntary organization in India. We have 19 state and 65 district level branches to reach the large number of visually challenged people. The Delhi State Branch was established in 1979, and since then, it has undertaken various projects, which have immensely benefited the visually impaired and also successfully integrated them into the mainstream of life. The Association has a team of highly qualified and experienced personnel that makes its services qualitative.

National Federation of the Blind
2721 Chowk Sangtrashan, Pahar Ganji, Delhi 110055, India.
Contact person: Mr S K Rungta
Tel: +91 11 2356 2277
Fax: +91 11 2356 2546
Activities: The objective for which the Federation was founded include: to strive for equality of opportunity for the Blind in the field of education, training and employment. The Federation is serving the blind community through its various Welfare programmes run by 51 branches/affiliates and units throughout the country. It has total strength of membership of over 25000 and it is affiliated to World Blind Union. The Federation is running the following projects for the Welfare of the blind in different states: Braille Libraries; Recording libraries; Computerized Braille Press for Blind; Schools and hostels; Orientation & Mobility Services for the Blind and housing and self-employment loan schemes.

National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (NIVH)
116, Rajpur Road, Dehradun (U.A.) 248 001, India.
Tel: +91 135 274 4979
Fax: +91 135 274 8147
Activities: Education, vocational training, library, R&D, Braille press and rehabilitation consultancy. Research, design and development. Production and distribution of Braille appliances, talking books and books in Braille.

Poona Blind Men's Association
82 Rasta Peth, Pune 411 011, MaharastraIndia.
Tel: +91 20 633 6433
Fax: +91 20 633 6741
Activities: The Poona Blind Men's Association is a non profit making, charitable organization. Institutions & projects of Poona Blind Men's Association Institutions includes a Technical Training Institute, a vocational training & placement institute; Shirdi Sai Baba Home for Aging Blind Women, Home for the Aged visually impaired women; Satellite Eye Clinic at Dhari & Alandi; H.V.Desai, 50 bed Eye Hospital. Personalized services include the Employment & Placement Department; Self employment opportunities; PBMA's Share & Care Foundation's Braille Press; Talking Book Library; Monthly Marathi Journal "Anter Joyti"; Rehabilitation: counseling, education, medical, financial aid to need visually impaired, mobility training.

Rehabilitation Council of India
B-22, Qutub Insitutional Area, New Delhi 110 016, India.
Contact person: Major General Ian Cardozo, Chairman
Tel: +91 1 265 32408
Fax: +91 1 265 34291
Activities: The Rehabilitation Council of India was set up as a registered society in 1986 under the aegies of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment to standardize and maintain uniform standards of training of professionals in the field of Rehabilitation and Special Education.

Sense International (India)
2nd Floor, Administrative Block, Andhjan Mandal Campus, Opp Indian Institute of Management, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad 380015, Gujarat, India
Tel: +91 79 2630 1282 and 2630 1590
Fax: +91 79 2630 1590
Activities: Sense International (India) is a registered trust which supports the establishment and development of more services for deafblind people in India. It aims to stimulate developments that will be sustainable in the long term by working with the local partner organisations who will ultimately assume full responsibility for the services for deafblind people. The role of Sense International (India) is to act as a catalyst to stimulate development by offering support and expertise to the partner organisations.

Sight Savers International (India)
A3, Shiv Dham, Plot 62, New Link Road, Malad, Mumbai 400 064, India.
Tel: +91 22 882 5353
Fax: +91 22 882 6363
Activities: Sight Savers International provides treatment that can help to restore sight, and also assist with the rehabilitation of those who are irreversibly blind - thereby helping them to make a better future for themselves.

Society for the Visually Handicapped
Apt 1-B, 12 Dover Road, Calcutta, 700 019, West Bengal, India.
Working centre: SVH Braille & talking Book Library, State Central Library West Bengal, Govet of WB, Opp ESI Hospital, Kankurgachi, Kolkata 700054 India
Tel: +91 33 2475 9581
Mob: +91 900 788 9960
Activities: A volunteer-based organisation working for visually impaired children and adults in the city of Kolkatta which was founded in 1983 to provide educational support to the visually impaired students. The key activities of the organisation include education resource support, braille transcription, deafblind education, consultative service and trained Manpower development; life skill training e.g. coastal trek for the blind, nature camp for blind children in rural areas. Computerised braille publications. Braille & talking book library service; developing resource support from school to PhD level for 17 Universities.

Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre for the Blind
Haribowal Road opp. Kitchlu, Naagar Ludhiana, 141001 Punjab, North India.
Contact person: E M Johnson
Tel: +91 161 471425
Fax: +91 161 471642
Activities: The Center was established in 1964 with research projects for research and rehabilitation in the Christian Medical College and Hospital. Currently the Center provides facilities for 300 visually impaired persons annually. The Christoffel Bundimission and the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment provide financial assistance to the Center. The Center also offers facilities in counseling, medical relief, secondary education and training.

Voice of World
3 Chidam Mudi Lane, Calcutta 700 006 , India.
Contact person: Mr. Ramen Ray
Tel: +91 33 2533 3204
Activities: A social welfare organisation for the visually challenged students of Eastern India. Its core activities are: rendering educational services to blind and partially sigted children from Kindergarten through to Master Degree level; arranging social rehabilitation; Low Vision Centre; Braille press; audio cassette libraries and an Adult Literacy Programme for the Blind.


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