In the year 2026 BS (1969 AD) Nepal Blind and Disabled Association was founded and commenced rendering services to people with all types of disabilities. The activities were a sort of mix of charity and rehabilitation and lacked of specificity to any particular disability.
Late Dr. Laxmi Narayan Prasad, the founder chairman of NAWB crafted the idea of rehabilitation of the persons with blindness and visual impairment rather than to provide food and shelter throughout life. Though the idea was innovative yet had its own stake. So as not to take a big risk a pilot project was designed.
The Center for the welfare of the blind came into existence in 1981 AD, on occasion of International Year of Disable as a branch of Nepal Blind and Disabled Association, to work for rehabilitation of visually impaired persons which was the fore runner of ‘Nepal Association for the Welfare of the Blind.’ Considering the large no. of people with blindness and visual impairment, for whom a specialized service was required, a separate association for the blind “Nepal Association for the Welfare of the Blind” NAWB was established in 1985.
NAWB is the premier social organization working for the rehabilitation of the persons with blindness and visual impairment. It renders services pertaining to rehabilitation, prevention and cure of blindness. NAWB’s programs have been extended from Jhapa in the east to Kailali in the far west and to Jumla, the remote mountainous district in the north to southern plains of Bara. The program includes;
- Inclusive Education
- Community Based Rehabilitation
- Vocational Training
- Job Placement
- Scholarships for Education
- Support for the Braille Paper
- Orientation and Mobility Training
- Special Education Training for Blind and Visually Impaired
- Braille Training
- Backpack for blind and visually impaired students
In addition to this NAWB also produces Braille Books, talking books and educational materials and make it available for needy persons with blindness or visually impaired through various schools.
NAWB is always engaged in raising public awareness and advocate in highlighting the capabilities and potential of the people with blindness and visually impaired. This significantly brings change in people’s perception towards disability and help in better integration into the society for dignified life. In order to address the changing needs, demands and challenges of the modern world, NAWB strives to improve and expand its services and supports not only to people with blindness and visually impaired but with people with all kinds of disabilities.