Hyderabad: Visually challenged now a ray of hope to the disabled

Visually challenged now a ray of hope to the disabled
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Visually challenged now a ray of hope to the disabled

Highlights

  • Purblind Minal launches an online radio for them, catering to their various needs
  • Minal, who lost her eyesight at 28, aims to stand for the disabled people despite her own physical challenges.
  • Radio Udaan is accessible in over 119 countries. This is the only platform that helps the specially challenged with useful information. It currently has 20,000 listeners

Punjagutta: With an aim to help differently-abled people, a city-based visually impaired woman has set up an online radio platform for not just entertainment but also to give valuable information to the people.

MinalSinghviwho lost her vision at an age of 28 is now laying a path for other people with disabilities to reach heights. She urged that awareness must be created among the public about people with disabilities.

This woman with a vision named her radio station 'Udaan,'which is an online radio platform that can be accessed in over 119 countries across the world. This is the only platform that helps differently-abled people with the required information regarding leanings and any other information.She serves the president and station director of 'Udaan'radio.

Minal who was keenly interested in fashion designing and interior designing was devastated when she lost her sight. "I was devastated when I lost my sight, people started to demotivate me by saying that there is nothing much I can do, as designing requires eyesight."

But soon she recovered herself and set about finding solutions to the issues of people of her ilk. "Through some sources, I have found out that visually impaired people can use laptops and computers through some training. I have trained myself to use a laptop.

With some like-minded people and with a common goal to do something for the differently-abled people we have come up with an idea to establish Radio Udaan," she said.

Despite criticism from many, Minal stood strong to make Radio Udaan reach people, "Initially, we were just a team of 6 members but currently we are 26 of us are working with Radio Udaan.She said that one the very first-day Radio Udaan was established, they were able to gain over 1,000 listeners, and in the very first month, radio Udaan got listeners of around 10,000 thousand within a short period.

And currently, Udaan has about 20,000 people audience everyday. They were able to create a change in over 10,000 to 15,000 people by teaching them various aspects through this Radio Udaan.

Minal said that there is a range of programmes, spreading information, entertainment and news.

"Especially for the people with disabilities, we run special programmes where information regarding gadgets that would help people with disabilities and other information is provided. We also train differently able people in computer education, English and many other aspects."

Minal is now planning to open an inclusive school where children irrespective of their disabilities are taught in the same way a normal child is taught.

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