Madison World has begun its CSR journey by starting an NGO named Madison Resource Foundation, which has adopted a computer centre for the visually impaired.
Tanya Computer Centre was established in 2006 to give computer training to visually impaired people of all ages. The centre has so far trained over 250 students and most of them have got jobs.
The centre uses a screen reading software called JAWS that helps the visually challenged to use computers. The centre teaches basic computer courses like Windows and MS Office. Students are given tactile books, and notes are provided in Braille, audio or large print, as per the requirement of the student. Individual attention is given and the duration of the course is extended till the student is confident in using computers.
The centre is led by Tanya Balsara, daughter of Madisonâs Chairman Sam Balsara, who is herself visually challenged and she personally trains the students.
Tanya Balsara said, âI congratulate all the present and former students for having the courage and determination to come forward and learn something new and different. I have always believed that disabilities create barriers but determination breaks them. Remember the visually impaired may not have sight, but they donât lack vision.â
Sam Balsara made the announcement about Madison World adopting the centre at the 12th Convocation ceremony of Tanya Computer Centre and said, âThe centre is looking to expand its activities in other parts of Mumbai and is looking for likeminded socially committed individuals who can lead the centre and train its students.â Â
An inspiring talk was given by the Guest of Honour, Shalini Saraswathi, a quadruple amputee, a marathoner, who flew down from Bangalore for the occasion.
Saraswathi said, Iâve always said the reason for my success and strength has been the strong support system I have had, coupled with the fact that I had avenues to get back on my feet. Itâs an honour to be associated with this event, because that is what this is â empowerment. Congratulations to everyone who are passing out today and wishing everyone more strength and power!â