The Project Vision is an initiative of the HOPE Society to help the visually challenged persons who constitute 39 Million people in the world out of which 15 Million are in India. Our Vision is "Let Everyone See" and the Mission is "To provide opportunity for every visually challenged to gain sight and for the permanently visually challenged to live a full life". To realise this mission Project Vision is focusing on the higher education of the visually challenged through the present initiative.
We would like to see every Visually Challenged person getting the opportunity of higher education like any other sighted students. We being operational in Bangalore and Chennai have decided start a pilot project of providing all facilities to ensure visually challenged persons higher education. This will be a big leap towards fostering 'inclusive education' in the higher education system for the visually challenged students. This would take away the dependency that the visually challenged face.
TPV will facilitate creation of facilities in colleges required for the study of the visually challenged students as well as provide basic support for economically weaker students to access them. 80% of such students come from economically weaker backgrounds. They need support for digital study aids and transportation cost, hostel facilities and basic facilities in the hostels. Thus by establishing special centres and empowering students to access them,the problem can be solved.
The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 has come into force since February 7, 1996. This law is an important landmark and is a significant step in the direction of ensuring equal opportunities for people with disabilities and their full participation in the nation building. This would facilitate socio economic integration of the visually challenged into the community and enabling them to contribute on an equal basis.