Karnataka man aims to empower the blind with computer training
Paul Muddha, who is a senior bank manager in Bengaluru, was born visually impaired and was abandoned in a school for the blind as a child.
Today, he runs a centre for training people who are vision and hearing impaired with computer and vocational skills that are needed to earn a living and be independent.
Muddha is determined to help as many disabled people as possible. Over the last nine years, he has been helping blind and hearing-impaired youth from Karnataka and other states adapt to technology.
His trainees have found jobs in companies like CISCO, Wipro, Infosys, TCS, banks and private agencies. Some of them have become lawyers, lecturers and chartered accountants.
Muddha says that in 2008, his centre has trained around 850 blind youths and supported around 12,000 to 15,000 people who are disabled. These include mentally challenged, hearing impaired and visually impaired with educational support, boarding facilities, aids and equipment.