26.10.2010

Visually impaired mark World Sight Day in India

Visually impaired mark World Sight Day in India

By Alexa Kaczka

Visually impaired people have marked World Sight Day in India by taking part in a celebration.

Of the 37 million people in the world who are registered as blind, over 15 million reside in India, and the country marked the occasion with a show at Pragati Maidan featuring music and dance, IBN Live reports.

"What set it apart was the fact that the event has been conceived and executed entirely by visually impaired people. Aimed at sensitising people about those who are unable to see, visually-challenged anchors, dancers and rock-band artists came together," the source said.

Pratichhaya, a visually-impaired student of the Lady Shri Ram College who participated, told IBN Live that the event will help to raise awareness of visually impaired people and the contribution they make to society.

It comes as a study at the University of Houston suggested that new blindness treatments may soon be created based on lead exposure in mouse models.

by Adrian Galbreth


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