Jidnyasa, a visually impaired (100% blind) lady, started losing her eyesight at the age of 18. Eventually, she had to discontinue her college education of B.A. II and 2nd year of Diploma in Beauty culture and Hair dressing. She tried to cope with this shock that she would lose her eyesight soon by keeping herself busy with learning vocal music, harmonium and making macramé handicrafts. With her failing vision, limited education and knowledge of Macramé, Music and Yoga (Asan Pravesh), she thought of helping those who are less fortunate than her, the Mentally Challenged students.
She stayed in the Late Baba Amte’sAnandwan from January 2001 to 2002 and pursued her Diploma in Naturopathy and Reiki Masters and rendered services in the Hospital there.
While working as a Therapist, she joined AkhilBhartiyaDrushtyheenKalyanSangh Nagpur as a founder member of the committee. She voluntarily contributed for the cause of Avoidable Blindness through street plays, inspirational speeches in 25 days Netradan Jana JagrutiYatra (onlyVvisually Impaired member)for establishment of 25 Eye Banks in Maharashtra(December 2005) with AkhilBhartiyaDrishtiheenKalyanSangh, (now Saksham). She had been the Asstt. Project Incharge of Audio Cassette Library for Blind students pursuing higher education there.
She felt the need to compile the data of her patients in “Peace Centre”. As such she did MS-CIT from Blind Relief Association, Nagpur. Her brother at Bangalore insisted her to learn Computer further at Banglore. With the life changing Ms Office training course specially for VI/Blind at Enable India,Banglore, personal guidance and inspiration of Ms. Shanti Raghavan, Managing Trustee , Enable India and her work for the Blind and Disabled person made her acutely aware of the absence of such an Institution in Vidarbha.
As such, refusing an offer of a job in Banglore she thought of offering her services to the Blind and the Disabled at Shri. Baba Amte’sAnandwanWarora, District Chandrapur, Maharashtra(2007-10). The Amtes knew her and believing in her, gave an opportunity to work there as Computer Instructor for VI/Blind. She initiated the project of I.T. Training Centre and English Language school to impart free Computer education to all categories of 200Disabled persons including Leprosy cured persons. She had undertaken two projects sponsored by RashtriyaSamvikasYojana and National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation, Faridabad to impart free computer education to VI/Blind, HI, OH and Leprosy cured persons of Anandwan.
To enhance her scope of services to VI/Blind and other Disabled persons, she started Atmadeepam Society, Nagpur(Registered in April 2012) for Education, Training and Rehabilitation of all categories of Disabled persons especially Visually Impaired/Blind to bring them in the main stream of society to live life with human dignity. As Founding President of Atmadeepam Society, she started:
A Maharashtra State Certificate in Information Techbnology- MSCIT(with JAWS
B , Computer Operations with Ms Office course for VI/Blind(with JAWS and NVDA- screen reading softwares),
D Typewriting, Computer Typewriting courses for VI/Blind(with JAWS and NVDA) to make them eligible for Employment in Government Departments and private sectors.
And many more.
She has also won several awards for her notable work, such as:
1 Vocational Excellence Award 2012-13 of Rotary Club of Nagpur West.
2 All India Andha Stri Hitt Association, Mumbai,2013.
3 JCI and Times of India sponsored, JCI Nagpur, Women’s Achiever’s Award 2014 in Social and Humanitarian category.
4 The Mayor, Nagpur Municipal Corporation felicitated her as an Excellent Woman Entrepreneur on 28th December 2014.
She may have no vision, but she’s a real visionary.