Abhilash Medhi

Abhilash Medhi (Blind Education and Rehabilitation Development Organization (BERDO): Abhilash was born Assam, India. He earned a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India and then worked as an Assistant Systems Engineer with Tata Consultancy Services in Mumbai, India. Abhilash also volunteered for Child Rights and You in Mumbai, India where he specialized in child labour laws, helped build alliances against child labour, and developed micro-credit schemes for poor women. Abhilash volunteered at the 2nd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD 2007). At the time of his fellowship Abhilash was pursuing a Master’s degree in Development Studies at The London School of Economics and Political Science.

A Day in the Life of BERDO

04 Jul

My first few days at BERDO have been full of stops and starts. Work progresses but slowly. Power outage and slow (and no) internet connectivity are the usual suspects. The employees at BERDO are undaunted however. Improvisation and innovation keep them afloat. They shake off the inertia that sets in as a result of these uncalled-for breaks and get back to work with the same enthusiasm.

There is a lot that goes on at the BERDO office at Mirpur, Dhaka – a school for the visually impaired, a job placement cell that works to map disabled individuals to potential employers, an IT training facility that helps visually impaired people develop basic computer skills, recording of audio tapes for a talking library and printing of material for the Braille library.  And then there is the small matter of co-ordinating activities in the two field offices at Tongi and Barisal. While the field office at Tongi provides medical and pathological services for the prevention of disability, drives a campaign to advocate disability rights and provides micro-credit to the disabled, the office at Barisal concentrates on providing micro-credit and community-based rehabilitation.

This video is an introduction to the activities carried out at BERDO in a day. In the weeks to follow, I shall try to tease out the intricacies of each of the tasks carried out at BERDO, the ways in which they have been able to enhance people’s capabilities and do away with the social stigma of being disabled, the challenges that they face and the way forward.


Posted By Abhilash Medhi

Posted Jul 4th, 2009

1 Comment

  • Sumeet

    July 12, 2009


    Awesome Work !! Keep it up !!!
    I couldnt imagine this was your first attempt at video editing 🙂

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