Sowbhagya, an Accessibility Tester at Barrier Break Technologies, Mumbai
Thank you LRC Bangalore for connecting me to a suitable company based on my abilities. I feel so confident and happy today!” says Sowbhagya
Sowbhagya is a person with visual disability from birth. But her disability has not stopped her from achieving!
Sowbhagya reveals, “I am a post graduate in Kannada (the local language of Karnataka state). I have completed a year’s training on operating a computer with screen reader called JAWS”.
Showbhagya adds, “I am from a remote village called Uppukunte in Kolar district of Karnataka. My family consists of my father (60), mother (52), younger sister who is married, and my younger brother, who is a car driver. My father rears cattle for a living. It is the main source of income for our family!”
“I may have been born blind”, she declares. “But my disability did not prevent me from continuing my studies. I did 4 years of Braille training in Bangalore. Then I completed my SSLC (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) from a Government school. I went on to do my PUC (Pre-university course) from the Government College at Siddlugatta, Kolar. I took the help of a scribe for writing my exams all through school and college days. I used my Braille notes for reading. Also my friends read printed books to me. Bravely I went ahead to pursue my graduation in Bangalore and then my post graduation (Masters in Kannada) in Kolar.”
“One day I received a message from my friend on my screen reader enabled mobile. It said, Barrier Break Technologies and CHI-BU (Cheshire Homes India, Bangalore) are conducting an interview for the post of ‘Accessibility Tester’. I visited CHI-BU. There the LRC (Livelihood Resource Centre) team supported me in analyzing my skills. Prior to the recruitment drive, I attended the Foundation Training at CHI-BU-LRC, which equipped me with life skills, grooming, resume preparation and mock interviews.
Cheshire Homes facilitated my interview. I was worried whether I would be able to work as an Accessibility Tester, as it is a technical job. My thanks to the trainer at CHI-BU - who guided, mentored and trained me on the job. My guide’s mentoring helped me to clear the interview successfully.”
“Today I work for Barrier Break Technologies Private Limited located at Mumbai. In December I shifted to Mumbai. I have adjusted now to my new place. I feel thrilled that I can travel fearlessly on the local train! Thank you LRC Bangalore for connecting me to a suitable company based on my abilities. I feel so confident and happy today!” says Sowbhagya gratefully.
LRCs form the base of the ‘Access to Livelihood’ program of Leonard Cheshire Disability, an international organization working among people with disabilities. Today LRCs today are present in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Philippines and in South Africa. This award winning program is supported by Accenture Foundation.