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Empowering the visually impaired to live with independence and dignity.  

Vision-Aid provides a range of  devices , training and services which aim to enable, educate and empower the visually impaired. Vision-Aid programs have won  national and international awards, and brought positive impact to many.

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Vision-Aid brings leading panel of experts on Accessibility Testing to Boston Accessibility Conference

Vision-Aid brings leading panel of experts on Accessibility Testing to Boston Accessibility Conference

Vision-Aid hosted a panel of experts on Accessibility Testing at the Boston Accessibility Conference, an annual event that attract leaders from many fields who are interested in supporting accessibility, universal design and making the digital world a more universal place for persons of all abilities.

2019’s conference was held on Saturday November 2nd at the Fidelity Offices in downtown Boston. Vision-Aid co-sponsored the conference and hosted a keynote panel on “Accessible Accessibility Testing” and an information session on “Using technology to create wearable navigational devices for the blind”.

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Introducing AIF Clinton Fellow at Vision-Aid Vizag, Pallavi Deshpande

Introducing AIF Clinton Fellow at Vision-Aid Vizag, Pallavi Deshpande

Pallavi Deshpande is an AIF Clinton Fellow. Her AIF fellowship took her to Vision-Aid's center at Vizag. During her visit she was able to serve and observe the Vision-Aid's new scholars’ program that was piloted this year which prepares young men and women from rural areas through a residential, intensive 6-month skills program for workplace readiness.

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A season for Festivals, Conferences ,Workshops and more...

A season for Festivals, Conferences ,Workshops and more...

Its that time of the year again when fall is in the air, trees in New England are bright and beautiful, India is respledant for Diwali and the anticipation of holidays and celebration is around the corner. Vision-Aid wishes all it's well wishers a happy start of holiday season. 

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Vision-Aid's Partnership with Aravind Eye Hospitals Flourishes

Vision-Aid's Partnership with Aravind Eye Hospitals Flourishes

In 2018, Vision-Aid formed a partnership with Aravind Eye Hospitals in Madurai. In January of 2019 the Vision-Aid resource center was formally launched at Aravind Hospital. Some great work has since been done at the resource center since then. Here are some hightlights of the latest strides made at the center.

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Vision-Aid presents poster session at PyCon India 2019 Conference in Chennai

Vision-Aid presents poster session at PyCon India 2019 Conference in Chennai

Bhargav and Pranav are two of the early blind students of Vision-Aid Python Programming course. Bhargav is now also an instructor. They recently attended the Pycon National Confernce in Chennai. PyCon is the largest annual gathering for the Python programming community that uses and develops the open-source Python programming language.

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Vision-Aid invites you to the upcoming Boston Conference on Accessibility (Nov 2, 2019)

Vision-Aid invites you to the upcoming Boston Conference on Accessibility (Nov 2, 2019)

Vision-Aid invites all Boston area friends to attend the Boston Accessibility Conference. It will be held in the Fidelity Offices of Downtown Boston on Saturday November 2nd. Registration is free, but on first come, first serve basis, so please register early. Vision-Aid hopes to see the Vision-Aid family and donors at the event, to support their work. It is also a great opportunity to hear many amazing speakers from all over the US talking about a range of topics relating to disability and accessibility.

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Helping to Create the Inclusive Class Rooms of Tomorrow

Helping to Create the Inclusive Class Rooms of Tomorrow

Vision-Aid runs many programs which help train school teachers to become more inclusive in their classrooms that enables them to support better learning outcomes for their visually impaired students.

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Meet some students from our first Technical Training Course on Digital Accessibility Testing

Meet some students from our first Technical Training Course on Digital Accessibility Testing

The Vision-Aid team is pleased to introduce some of the students from the first class of their new, path-breaking technical training course on Digital Accessibility Testing which was launched on 17th August 2019.

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Vision-Aid programs at BPA in Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Vision-Aid programs at BPA in Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Vision-Aid Board member, Dr. Bharti Gangwani, visited Vision-Aid partner Blind Peoples Association, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. BPA is a network of 26 blind schools in Gujarat with about 3000 children. BPA has about 220 students in their school in the main campus, which Bharti visited. The overall estimate of visual impairment is about 0.5% in general population in Ahmedabad.

Bharti met with Mr Bhushan Purnani, Executive secretary of BPA, an IIM-A graduate and Ranchod Soni, English teacher, technical teacher who is visually impaired along with Vidhi who is a helper to Mr. Ranchod Soni. Bharti said "I was very impressed with their passion and commitment to service." All the Vision-Aid programs were discussed at length. Bharti provided a detailed report about various aspect of the partnership.

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A Day in the Life of a Vision-Aid Scholar

A Day in the Life of a Vision-Aid Scholar

22nd July 2019 was a momentous day at Vision-Aid Center Visakhapatnam. Sseven visually impaired individual began an exciting journey that would enable, educate and empower them for the sighed world. A generous donor who wanted to honour her parent’s memory created a scholarship program, in the form of an endowment fund, called The Dr Badar and Mariam Maskati Scholarship program. The program began a month ago. Scholars have started settling in, along with the staff, who had quickly designed and implemented the new program. Here is a glance at what a typical day looks like for our Vision-Aid scholars!

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Vision-Aid collaboration with Perkins

Vision-Aid collaboration with Perkins

The Vision-Aid leadership team had a productive meeting with the leadership team at Perkins School for the Blind, Boston. The meeting was to discuss ways to collaborate and work togehter in India.

 

Perkins is an iconic institution which serves approximately 200 students on campus and many children with special needs through training. It offers services via regional public school systems. Perkins International impacts the lives of thousands of disabled children in 67 countries. Perkins Solutions, offers innovative assistive technology products and training to the visually impaired. 

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Vision-Aid Signs Memorandum With Shroff Charitable Eye Hospitals

Vision-Aid Signs Memorandum With Shroff Charitable Eye Hospitals

Shroff Charitable Eye Hospital was established by Dr. Sorabji P Shroff in 1914. The current operational hospital is in Daryaganj, New Delhi. It was inaugrated in 1927. Dr. Shroff's third generation of eye surgeons are actively involved in the SCEH. Shroff Hospitals have over 100,000 patient visiting it per year and  about 10,000 surgeries are conducted there annually. They have eye clinics in several locations.  It was a significant moment when Vision-Aid entered into an agreement with SCEH expanding its reach into Northern India. 

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Updates from the field - a look into our programs

Updates from the field - a look into our programs

Various Vision-Aids teams on the ground are doing some incredible work. In just the second quarter of 2019, Vision-Aid offered a total of 684 interventions to the visually impaired across its programs in 10 locations and online. Some highlights of Vision-Aid's work on the ground are listed below:

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