Nooria Nodrat

Nooria Nodrat was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1961. With both her husband and brother being blind, Nooria experienced first hand the hardships faced by the blind population in her country. She worked as an editor in publishing services for the blind at The Institute for the Blind in Kabul.

After losing her brother to violent acts in Afghanistan, Nooria moved to the United States in 1991 as a political refuge. Once in the United States, Nooria's life took another turn in 1997 when she was attacked in a subway station and beaten. Since she had been suffering from a glaucoma condition, the severity of the trauma to her head led to her retinas being severely damaged. In 2003, her eyes were removed due to infection.

The challenges Nooria has faced, have never slowed her down. She graduated from the New York City College of Technology with a bachelor's degree in Human Services in 2009 and has worked in many different capacities as a volunteer for the Catholic Guild for the Blind, the Jewish Guild for the Blind, the National Federation of the Blind's New York Student Division (where she served as president), the Women's Association of New York, and the Queens Center for Progress.Nooria has received awards and scholarships in recognition of both her activism and academic achievements from many organizations. In addition, she was nominated by New York City College of Technology and received a CUNY-wide Leadership and Scholarship Award. She received the New York State Senate Disability Achiever's Award in April 2007 and was also one of the 10 New York City residents to receive The Liberty Award from the National Academy of Science sponsored by The New York Post. Last year Nooria completed her 8th marathon and plans to complete the 2011 New York City Marathon.

 Nooria has most recently been featured in a documentary called New York Nooria and was elected by New York One news channel in 2005 as New Yorker of the Week and in 2010 as Queens Person of the Week.

 Nooria is finally fulfilling her life long dream in starting the Afghanistan Blind Women and Children Foundation and helping to enhance the lives of the blind women and children in her native country.