Smt. Rehmat Sultan Fazelbhoy

  • 2001
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Development and Welfare of Women And Children

B.A. (Hons), B. Ed., Diploma,College of Teachers of the Blind, UK

Rejected by a prospective employer in UK because of her visual handicap (she has only 15% of normal vision due to albinism). Resolved to teach blind children for which she obtained a Teacher Training Diploma through the Royal National Institute for the Blind in London. Was the first lady student from India to do so.

Conducted a very successful experiment in "Integrated Education" i.e. teaching blind children at regular schools along with sighted children. Today, over 15,000 children are being educated each year in India through this programme in 17 different States of India both in the rural and urban areas. Rajendra Singh from the very first batch of three blind students became the first multiple handicapped student to obtain his Ph.D. from Bombay University.

Introduced for the first time in India a Braille Reading Competition for blind children in schools for the blind in the States of Maharashtra and Gujarat. These have now been extended to all States.

Co-Founded the first day school in Mumbai for crippled children run by the Society for the Education of the Crippled.

Is the founder editor of the magazine "Blind Welfare" the only professional magazine in English to be published by the National Association for the Blind NAB.

Helped to establish the multiple Sclerosis Society of India, the only organisation in the country working for the rehabilitation and care of persons suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), an incurable disease of the central nervous system.

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Fazelbhoy House,
63, Mori Road,
Mahim, Mumbai,
(Maharashtra) - 400 016.
Tel: 022 - 2445 3010 / 2445 0830