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Indian association for the blind

Redefining Abilities Rescripting Lives

Indian association for the blind

What once began with a mere room and 4 students is now the temple of rehabilitation for the visually challenged

Nestled in the village of Sundarajanpatti in the outer fringes of Madurai in Tamilnadu, the Indian Association for the Blind (IAB) promises the visually challenged a life of confidence and opportunities. Started in 1985 by S.M.A. Jinnah, a visually challenged activist, IAB has been the pioneer in empowering the visually challenged towards self-reliance through various initiatives.

Having undergone numerous struggles to complete his education, Jinnah envisioned a changed future for thousands of visually challenged children by providing them education. This dream led to establishing IAB, the institute that has made remarkable progress, be it in the number of lives it has touched or numerous services that are being offered. Currently, in Tamil Nadu, out of the 30,000 educated and vocationally trained visually challenged people, 20% are being educated, rehabilitated, and even employed by IAB.


IAB affirms its commitment to empower visually challenged people become self-reliant by providing comprehensive rehabilitation, education and employment opportunities. IAB has a special focus on the socio economically disadvantaged visually challenged children and adults, particularly those from rural areas.

How we


The Indian Association for Blind

The story of IAB stemmed out from the inspirational life of SMA Jinnah.  Despite losing his vision at the age of 13, and much against the wishes of his family, Jinnah chased a dream called education. His passion for education saw him pass out of school and later college with a brilliant performance. The key to empowering people with visual disability that would help them travel the road to independence and self-reliance, Jinnah realized, was education.  

He established the Indian Association for the Blind (IAB), on January 14, 1985, with the support of well wishers. IAB began with just eight students. In the early years, it served as a tuition/guidance centre that also provided hostel facilities for four visually challenged boys. 

Our Mission

IAB is committed to promote comprehensive education,
employment and rehabilitation opportunities
for socioseconomically disempowered visually challenged
children and adults, with a special focus on those
living in rural areas.

Highlights of

IAB growth

The Indian Association for Blind

20% +

Out of 30,000 people

Educated and vocationally trained visually challenged people in Tamilnadu are being educated, rehabilitated and employed by IAB

11,000 +

people with visual disabilities

Since inception IAB has educated and rehabilitated more than 11,000 people with visual disabilities

24 + Projects

Projects of IAB

Project to build equality of
opportunities and experience
for people with visual disabilities

The Temple City of Madurai, is equally famous for a temple
of rehabilitation - the Indian Association for the Blind(IAB).


IAB started in a rented building with 4 inmates.

Integrated Education program (Hostel for college going students) started


Rs. 36,000 Budget

for ADIP scheme(Assistive devices for Visually Challenged) started


Distribution of scholarship to 65 children of blind parents


IAB school was established in Sundarajanpatti with own building


All programs shifted to Sundarajanpatti

Started Telephone Operator course

Started Stenography course

(Typewriting & Braille Short Hand)


Upgraded to IAB High School with a Strength of 62 students

Tailoring course was started


Accommodated 130 inmates to expand Integrated Education

Upgraded to IAB Hr.Sec.School with a Strength of 101 students

Recording Library was started for students in IAB


X & XII State level toppers was recognised with Awards

IAB Library Services was started

Free rice scheme was extended to 200 families
every month


Braille Press to print books for children in IAB

Computer Course for Blind

National Award for the Welfare of persons with disabilities; by Government of India


Cavincare Ability Award for Eminence ; by Ability Foundation


Braille Press & Recording Library was extended as a state wide project

Computer lab expanded with 10 systems and advanced technological equipments


Best Institution for the welfare of the persons with disabilities; by Government of Tamilnadu


National Award for best Institution ; by Government of India


State Wide Summer coaching camps for X & XII Students

Sale of products for Visually Handicapped


Silver Jubilee- IAB enters the 25th year

Telephone operator course was re-established with call centre training and placement programmes

Help the Blind Foundation, Hong Kong, comes forward to support the educational expenses of the visually challenged

Erection of the ultra modern printing press of Braillo Norway 200 with the assistance of the Rotary Foundation

Tie-up with Hi-Tech Arai Private Limited in working with the metallic oil seal for two wheelers and four wheelers

IBN7 Super Idol Award awarded by actor Shri. Aamir Khan


Student of IAB achieved State second in Grade 12 Board Examination

Construction of modern building for IAB Hr.Sec. School supported by Help the Blind Foundation, Hongkong.


IAB Hr Sec School shifted to new building comprising of 18000 square feet

Hostel Block for girls shifted to new premises

Computer Lab expanded to 35 students

Music Lab expanded with new equipments


National Award for the Best Braille Press from the Government of India;by Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment

Sadhana Finishing School established with the help of United Way of Chennai to make the visually challenged employable and self-reliant with 180 students

Inauguration of Free Legal Aid Services for persons with visual challenges - First of its kind in Tamil Nadu

All India Dance Competition for the Blind with Amway Opportunity Foundation

Demise of our founder Mr.S.M.A.Jinnah on 19th December


IAB joins hands with Madurai Ladies Circle-8 for the first time in conducting In-sights car rally.

Distribution of old age pension to visually challenged

Distribution of groceries to visually challenged families

Mr.K.Ramesh, former student of IAB is the only participant from Tamil Nadu for the Cricket World Cup for the Visually Challenged held in South Africa


Braille press renovation with Braillo 650 sponsored by SBI DFHI Ltd.

Organised Career Guidance Workshop in various cities of Tamilnadu

Employability skill training to 280 differently abled


Student of IAB scored State third in Grade 12 Board Examination

Boys Hostel block with modern facilities has been renovated with the support of SBI DFHI Ltd

Kitchen and Dining has been renovated with the support of Durgamma Foundation, Madurai

Exclusive Braille books stall in Book Fair organized in Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai

Redefining Abilities Rescripting Lives

- Indian Association for the Blind

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Basic Engineering

Basic Engineering

Started in 2010 this program trains visually challenged people to operate machines. This initiative addresses the employment needs of the visually challenged people who are not graduates...

BPO Training

BPO Training

In Students are trained in client center communication etiquette, English and Hindi and special training in industry specific knowledge such as Retail Telecom...

Computer Literacy

Computer Literacy

In Students acquire a range of computer skills such as ABC's of computers, keyboard typing, Internet use, Software packages like MS Office and advanced windows functionality...

Higher Secondary Special School

I.A.B. Higher Secondary School established in June 1992, the IAB Higher secondary school for the visually challenged imparts technology aided quality education...