Vision-Aid has had a great start this year. Various programs have been rolled out in the field to help rehabilitate the visually impaired across our centers. The pictures below provide a glimpse of some the ongoing activities that have been successfully running by the love and support of our volunteers.
In the pictures below, you will see hands on computer training being conducted at one center. At another center, you will see vision impaired job aspirants being trained and counseled.
We have a well equipped Central Teaching Station at Vizag, where computer lessons are conducted over Skype. You also see students attending these computer training lessons over Skype, at another center.
Vision-Aid strives to use training techniques most suitable to the candidate and his role. As part of the training, the sighted teachers are blindfolded while undergoing computer training. This helps them better understand the limitations and requirements of their vision impaired students and be more effective teachers. People with low vision are trained using contrast screens to help them see better. Retinitis Pigmentosa patients are trained using white on black screens.
Vision-Aid held a workshop, in collaboration with it's partner, Youth4Jobs on Innovations in Mobile and Braille Technologies for the visually impaired in Bengaluru on 20th January 2019. The instructors Balaji, Justin and Manjunatha provided insights on various topics. Many trainers from Vision-Aid's partner organizations including Youth4Jobs, Samarthanam, Nethra, Aravind, Sankara Nethralaya and others attended the workshop. The knowledge and skills acquired by the participating trainers will ripple through to many others in coming months.
The Vision-Aid team warmly congratulates Pranav, Bhuvika, Aarush and Nisha our Junior team (13-year old), for the visually impaired, for their outstanding performance at the Inclusive STEM hackathon 2019 which concluded at IIIT Bengaluru. They are our youngest and rising stars at Vision-Aid!
Vision-Aid also congratulates several other participants and award winners for their amazing accomplishments . Vision-Aid appreciates the mentors Sonal Patel, Bharat and Bhargav for their committed and tireless efforts in mentoring our Juniors! Dr. Chuck deserves special thanks for being the enabler with his great course.
On December 15th we had our very first online workshop on ‘navigation and orientation on accessible Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) platforms for the visually impaired’. Here is the video link to this workshop for more insight
In 2017, Vision-Aid introduced Spoken English as one of the key programs in our model. We quickly realized that while many organizations teach spoken English, the materials and methods rely heavily on visual cues which do not work for the visually impaired students. So we set out to design a custom training program in spoken English for the visually impaired that can reach visually impaired students in all settings rural and urban.
The Boston Accessibility Conference was held on last Saturday October 27th at the Fidelity Offices in downtown Boston, MA. Vision-Aid co-sponsored the conference and hosted a panel "Making MOOCs more accessible to the visually impaired" and an information session on "The Vision-Aid Model”. Vision-Aid sincerely thanks our corporate sponsors Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare for their financial support which made this event possible. We are working on making the videos available soon. Please stay tuned!
The Vision-Aid team was honored and delighted to present a memento, as a token of our deep appreciation and affection for Dr. Chuck, a legendary Coursera educator from the University of Michigan who is visiting India currently. Ms. Jayanthi, Program Coordinator for Vision-Aid’s programming course had a delightful meeting with Dr. Chuck, and expressed sincere thanks to him on behalf of all our visually impaired students who learn programming from his highly accessible, universally popular course “Programing for Everyone” taught via Coureera, which is rated by Class Central to be one of the top 20 MOOCs in the world!
Vision-Aid is organizing a Partner Training Program at Vizag. Trainers from Vision-Aid programs from different parts of India, Agra, Madurai, Berhampur, Hyderabad, are attending these workshops. The workshop is an intensive one-week workshop that will cover subjects that are geared towards students with visual impairment.
Vision-Aid volunteers Sulochana Devadas and Sonal Patel teamed up for several months to design an entry level programming course for our visually impaired students that could help address the needs of our youngest students (typical age is 14 - 18). After an initial online-only rollout, which was successfully run for 6 months with these students, the course has taken its next steps – for the first time being taught in a blind school setting in India at Nethra Vidyalaya near Hyderabad.