Meet Naresh: A Journey of Triumph from Cuddapah, Andhra Pradesh

Naresh, from Cuddapah, Andhra Pradesh, has a story that inspires many born with complete visual impairment. He has overcome challenges and found success with determination and the right support. His journey from an inclusive school to becoming an Assistive Technology Trainer and Research Assistant at the National Center for Assistive, Health, Technologies (NCAHT) IIT Delhi, is nothing short of remarkable. 

Naresh’s Early Life and Education 

Naresh was born in Cuddapah, Andhra Pradesh. He completed his 10th grade at the High School for Inclusive Education, run by the RDT Rural Development Trust. This school was crucial in providing him with an inclusive learning environment. He further continued his education at Netra Vidhyalaya Hyderabad. 

The Challenge of His First Smartphone 

After completing his intermediate studies (12th grade), Naresh received his first smartphone. Initially, he had no idea how to use it with TalkBack, even though he had always been comfortable with computers. The transition to using a smartphone was daunting, but it was also a turning point in his journey. 

Discovering Vision-Aid 

While browsing the internet, Naresh discovered Vision-Aid and decided to reach out to them. He was particularly interested in their mobile technology course and decided to enroll. This decision marked the beginning of a transformative phase in his life. 

Enrolling in the Mobile Technology Course 

Naresh says, “Completing this course was one of the best decisions I’ve made. The training really improved how I use my smartphone, giving me a solid foundation to explore more. This skill became very useful, especially when traveling or when I couldn’t use my laptop because it’s not always easy to carry a laptop everywhere. The knowledge and skills I got from Vision-Aid trainers helped me make the most of my time.” After finishing the mobile technology course, he also completed Python training from Vision-Aid. This organization also gave him an Orbit Reader (a braille refreshable device) which helped him in his studies. 

From Student to Trainer 

In 2020, Naresh joined Vision-Aid as a part-time mobile technology trainer. By 2021, he was a full-time trainer, sharing his knowledge and experience with others. His journey from a student to a trainer is a testament to his growth and dedication. 

Securing a Position at NCAHT IIT Delhi: 

Naresh has now achieved a significant milestone by securing a position at the National Center for Assistive, Health, Technologies (NCAHT) IIT Delhi, as an Assistive Technology Trainer and Research Assistant. This achievement is not just a personal triumph but also an inspiration to many. We are extremely proud of his accomplishments and eagerly look forward to his continued success. 

The Impact of Vision-Aid on His Life 

Naresh says, “Vision-Aid has been a steadfast companion in my digital journey, providing me with essential skills and a supportive community. I am very grateful to Vision-Aid for the unwavering support I received.” 

Naresh’s Future Aspirations 

Naresh’s story is a beacon of hope and inspiration. He continues to aspire to greater heights, driven by his passion for technology and his desire to make a difference. His journey is a reminder that with the right support, any challenges can be overcome. 

Conclusion 

Naresh’s story is a powerful reminder of the impact that education, technology, and support can have on an individual’s life. From a young boy in Cuddapah to a respected professional at the National Center for Assistive, Health, Technologies (NCAHT), IIT Delhi, his journey is nothing short of extraordinary. We are proud to have been part of his journey and look forward to seeing him achieve even greater heights. 

This story of Naresh not only showcases his remarkable journey but also highlights the importance of support and innovation in empowering individuals with disabilities. His achievements are a testament to the power of perseverance and the transformative impact of technology. 

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