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Creativity of visually challenged grabs attention

Staff Reporter

Expo aims at making them economically independent by expanding market for their products

— Photo: R.Ashok

with a smile:Visitors purchasing products made by visually challenged persons at an exhibition at Joseph Eye Hospital in Tiruchi on Wednesday.

TIRUCHI: To expand the market for products churned out by visually impaired, the Joseph Eye Hospital conducted a ‘Product Mela' showcasing the handiwork of the inmates of its sister organisation, Bishop Diehl Rehabilitation Home (BDRH), on Tuesday.

Merchandise

A range of merchandise, including cane furniture, wax figurines, candles, paper cups, envelopes, umbrellas manufactured by the 40 inmates of the Rehabilitation Home were displayed.

Special educators, students and NGOs visited the expo that targeted the social and economic independence of the visually challenged.

According to Subha Prabu, co-ordinator of the mela, there are around 10 clients, including a handful of department stores, who place bulk orders for products manufactured by the inmates.

Create awareness

The mela was intended to create awareness among the public and attract prospective clients. The Bishop Diehl Rehabilitation Home provides free training along with food, accommodation and stipend for visually challenged. At the end of two years, the trainees are placed in the weaving and printing industry and various private agencies.

Earlier, R.Shyamala, District Differently Abled Welfare Officer, and Rev. Fr.A.Sebastin, Principal, St. Joseph's College, inaugurated the exhibition. Ophthalmologists John Sudhakar and Tanuja Britto highlighted the activities of the rehabilitation home. Avvai Kalaikovan, Associate Director, Joseph Eye Hospital and Christopher Thomas, Chief Administrative Officer, spoke. The mela was arranged with the support of the Department of Rehabilitation Science, Holy Cross College.

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