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She conquered darkness for her dreams- Mid Day- By Shivani Sharma

Date on which testimonial was published:
4 Mar 2003

“Almost every computer institute denied me admission because I was blind,”
claims Arti Bubna, who was diagnosed with cataract at an early age. Despite undergoing numerous eye operation, doctors were was unable to save Arti’s eyesight.

But this Mahesh Nagar resident resolved to triumph despite the odds. “I was determined not to let my eyesight affect my ambitions,” she says. A student of Umedbhai Patel School at SV road, Arti used audio cassettes to study for her SSC exams. She went on to graduate in commerce from Ghanshyam Das Shroff College on SV Road and completed a diploma in administrative management from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management, Vile Parle. She is also a visiting professor at the Shankar Netralaya in Chennai.

In the midst of pursuing her academic career, Arti also decided to realise her computer dreams. She started learning computers when her brother encourage her to use a special software for the blind called Talking Computers. Arti then went on to complete a correspondence course from the US-based Hadley School for the Blind.
To ensure that, “others did not have to struggle,”Arti also set up Voice Vision, a computer institute for the blind in Goregaon in April 2000.

The institute offers both basic and advanced computer courses. ”The basic course comprises programmes like Windows and Excel among other, while the advance course includes web designing.” explains Arti, who is the director of Voice Vision. “We use special computer monitors speakers which spell out whatever a person types out.” Over 25 students have successfully completed computer courses from Voice Vision.

An enterprising individual, Arti has also learnt to assemble computers and plans to start a call centre for the blind. “The visually impaired are given a lot more support and encouragement abroad,” she says, adding, “Many work in various call centres. I hope that the attitude changes in our country as well and that the visually-impaired are seen as employable.”

Arti says, “I believe that physical disability should never restrict anyone from following their dreams. And I aim to pursue a career in the IT field.”

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