Upskilling people with complete blindness
with professional coding skills for the digital economy to reduce the

Disability Opportunity Gap 

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[2] Gross National Income (India) loss due to Blindness

Rs. 4.9Bn (1997) to 7.6Bn (2020)

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[3] Economic cost in India due to lost productive years from blindness

(40 working years) USD 158 Billion

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[1] 70% of the blind people in the employable

age group, globally are unemployed

But, What if they can code? 
The possibilities and opportunities are limitless

For Blind users

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Access fastest growing digital economy jobs

(AI, Cybersecurity, IoT, BDA, Blockchain) [4]

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Access to mainstream 

STEM Education and other further opportunities

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Overcome accessibility challenges during commute, work from home

For Employers

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Lower turnover rate 

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Edge in business performance

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Access to traditionally marginalized talent pool

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Higher ROI in training and development [6]

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What is stopping them?

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The only computer accessibility technology available to people with visual impairments are screen readers and refreshable braille displays. While they are great to read an e-book, write a document or browse the internet, but it is really frustrating to code 

They read content linearly

Comprehending code is like reviewing a book. Sighted people can skim through a book to understand its content. With screen readers and braille displays this is nearly impossible. One has to read through word by word, line by line. 

Imagine having to read through thousands of lines of code at a time, to first understand the contents of the code and then debug it !

References

[1] WHO, 2019

[2] Right  to Sight, Vision, 2020

[3] Cost Benefit of Eye Health, 2020

[4] Future Skilling Report, NASSCOM, 2020

[5] Forbes, 2021

[6] Nature, 2021