Cultural events organised as part of 29th annual function of Indian Association of Blind

Visually challenged students of the Indian Association of Blind (IAB) put up a grand show at a function here on Saturday.

The music and dance performance of the students left the audience enthralled. The cultural events were organised as part of the 29th annual function of the school.

As many as 32 students and 10 teachers of IAB school were honoured for their outstanding performance for the academic year 2013.

Social skills are as important as knowledge for any visually challenged to survive in this world, said 65 year-old S. Pavumathai, a visually challenged teacher who was honoured by IAB at the function.

There is a change in the attitude of the society towards the blind. In the past, people like us were neglected and not allowed to even study, said C.A. Sermathai, another visually impaired teacher of the school.

Things have changed now, the state government is offering 3 per cent reservation to the differently-abled in education and employment sector, which is a welcome move, the teachers said.

S. Murugeswari, a class eight student of the school who won the award for best computer user said, “I love working on the computer. I desire to become a software engineer when I grow up and support my family.

Representatives of around 55 institutions from across the state received IAB Blind Empowerment Champions Award.

A Braille book on computer, developed by the IAB Braille Press was released by Dr. Dr. Rohini Sridhar.

C. Ramasubramaniam, president, Indian Association for the Blind, A.R. Ramalingam, Judge, Madras High Court Madurai Bench, and Rohini Sridhar, Director of Medical Services, Apollo Hospitals, spoke on the occasion.

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