Blindness is a disability, not an inability. Visually impaired people deserve equal treatment with the same dignity and respect as a normal man.
They don’t ask for your sympathy or special care instead they need jobs, opportunity, social acceptance, and equal treatment.
Providing good opportunities lets them prove their talents and maximize their independence.
Here is a story of one such visual impaired guy, Prateek Agarwal who proved that Blindness is not a limitation to succeed in life.
Jaipur based Prateek Agarwal pursued his engineering in computer science from NIIT University in Neemrana.
He was very good at studies and stood one among the top three rankers throughout his education.
Just like his batchmates, Prateek sat for college placements after completing his graduation.
He performed very well in all the rounds – aptitude test, reasoning, group discussions.
In spite of clearing all the rounds, interviewers rejected him every time for the sole reason that he is blind.
BEING A VISUALLY IMPAIRED
Prateek was so dejected and broken by repeated failures.
Meanwhile, many suggested him to take up his profession as a Singer as it is considered the best-suited career for people with blindness.
Remembering the experience that shook his rock-solid confidence and conviction, Prateek said,
The HR team of those companies would say I was an inspiration and they were extremely moved by my talent. But at the end, they would say they cannot hire a blind student. This happened so many times, over and again and then I started to feel devastated. I used to cry and ask myself what more can I do to get a job and what is more there in my hand to do.
Prateek was not willing to give up on his dreams.
So only one choice was there for him and he went with it. Instead of looking for a job, he decided to create jobs by starting his own company.
Prateek registered his company, Daedal Technovations Private Limited while he was in the final year of college. He started the company in the year 2010.
However, his struggle didn’t end there.
His initial days were very hard. Recalling the struggle he encountered, Prateek said,
Initially, I had no clients. I used to go shop to shop in the hot summer approaching local businesses asking them if they have any software requirements. Sometimes, I would call up people and have three or four rounds of discussions about their requirements. But finally, when I would meet them, they would feel flummoxed. Are you the same guy who was talking over the phone? They would ask me. Eventually, they would say they cannot give the project to a blind man.
With his hard work and dedication, he finally got some contracts.
Those projects still didn’t help Prateek financially even though they gave him the experience he needed.
Realizing that his growth would be slower if he depends on the local market, Prateek shifted his focus towards the online market. Hence, he shifted gears to explore opportunities online.
Today with over 40 employees working at his IT company, he has clients and consultants all over the world – US, UK, Australia, Indonesia, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia and many more.
In fact, Prateek Agarwal is the first visually impaired IT entrepreneur in the country to engage with a visual world with sound.
Coming to his company, Daedal Technovations, it delivers excellent IT solutions on incredibly pocket-friendly price.
Besides being a successful entrepreneur, he also manages a music band.
Prateek’s attitude stands as an inspiration, not just to people who are blind but also for those who are fed up with failures in life.