According to National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB), 12 million people in India are suffering from visual impairment, and out of these only 29.16% are part of the education system.
A mere 6.86% schools in India have access to Braille books and audio content. The education system not embracing the differently abled people especially visually impaired individuals, makes it a challenging for them to apply and get jobs.
However, there are a numerous job roles that are offered to the visually impaired by both the government and private sector. Various programs and courses such as the basic level of IT/Computer programing collated with JAWS (A Screen Reader Software) and NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access). There are programs that equip these visually impaired candidate through CRM Voice and QP Training.
By taking up these different courses, visually impaired people can enter into different fields. Some sectors that can be suggested to make career opportunities are:
Customer Care – Trained to deal with conversations and customer queries that only require listening proficiency, the Customer Care career option is more suitable for the visually challenged. Dealing with customer queries with utmost patience and attention to detail People are trained in dealing with customer queries and complaints and how to deal with issues quickly.
Civil Services – Civil Services is a great option including IAS and state services. Over the past few years, a number of differently abled people have managed to crack it.
Engineering-Engineering programs are a suitable option to make a career. Engineering students also have high placement rates and have great job opportunities.
Hospitality- Jobs in the hospitality sector are usually customer oriented. So, this could act as an interesting career too.
Teaching- Teaching requires empathy and many great qualities. This could be a suitable fit.