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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.

Hands on hardware training for vision impaired    Vision impaired job aspirants being counseled and trained at Vision aid center

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.

Our well equipped Central Teaching Station at Vizag  conducting computer lessons on Skype A student attending computer training lessons on Skype

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.

 Sighted teachers are blindfolded during computer training     Low vision individuals use contrast screens     Retinitis Pigmentosa patients using white on black screens

Vision-Aid aims to customize and personalize the trainings according to the skill levels and specific needs of the trainees.  Spoken English courses are conducted for candidates who lack proficiency in the language.  Individual attention is paid to slow learners to help them build confidence and master the subject matter.  Vocational training is given in candle, chalk and agarbatti making.  The picture below is from our Milton center in Berhampur where the vocational training was conducted recently.

English language lessons for individuals lacking proficiency in speaking     Individual attention is paid to slow learners     Vocational training is given for candle/agarbatti making

Vision aid is constantly supporting and working on innovations that help make lives of vision impaired individuals better.  The Electronic wand by Vision aid recently won the Innovation award from Government of India's Department for Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR).

Electronic wand wins innovation award DSIR 

Every once in a while, Vision-Aid is honored to host dignitaries, who are interested in seeing our work.  Rotarian V J Patel of Rotary Club Victoria, Seychelles and Mr. Varada Reddy, past Rotary District Governor, visited us on March 6th. Both Mr. Patel and Mr. Reddy were invited for the visit by Rotarian Avasarala Srinivas, VP Vision-Aid, India.  The guests spent about an hour at our center and appreciated the work being done by Vision-Aid.  They also promised support and cooperation from the Rotary Club.

Rotarian V J Patel of Rotary Club Victoria, Seychelles visits Vision aid     Rotarian V J Patel of Rotary Club Victoria, Seychelles appreciate the efforts of Vision aid

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Vision-Aid Announces The Dr. Badar And Mariam Maskati Vision-Aid Scholarship

Vision-Aid Announces The Dr. Badar And Mariam Maskati Vision-Aid Scholarship

Vision-Aid is excited to announce a new initiative for under-privileged visually impaired students in India  – a scholarship fund to cover all the costs for such students

to undergo extensive residential skills training for 6 months in the field of  Computer Applications, Mobile Technologies,  Coaching to help them succeed in Banking and Government sector exams and Spoken English/Soft Skills. The scholarship fund called the “Dr. Badar and Mariam Maskati Vision-Aid Scholarship”

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Vision-Aid Makes a Splash at MIT's Accessible Technology Day

Vision-Aid Makes a Splash at MIT's Accessible Technology Day

April 17th, 2019 was great day for Vision-Aid volunteers and partners in the greater Boston area. Vision-Aid along with partner Orbit Research participated in the Accessible Technology Day at the MIT museum.  This event was part of the Cambridge Science Festival. The theme was "Accessible Technology: New Ways to Interface with the World".

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Vision-Aid National Resource Center at Aravind - Our Journey so far...

Vision-Aid National Resource Center at Aravind - Our Journey so far...

On January 12, 2019 Vision-Aid and Aravind Eye Hospital, in Madurai, formally launched the Vision-Aid National Resource Center (NRC) for the visually impaired at Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, the world’s largest eye care system. Over 2500 patients are served daily at Aravind Eye hospital's main branch.

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Inclusive STEM Hackathon 2019

Inclusive STEM Hackathon 2019

The Inclusive STEM Hackathon is a 24-hour hackathon where visually impaired coders and software developers, industry professionals, and engineering students come together to work on exciting and challenging projects.

This years Inclusive STEM Hackathon began on 17th January and ended on 19th January, on the campus of IIIT Bangalore. Organizers of the event included IIIT Bangalore, I-Stem, Vision-Aid, Vision Empower Trust and The Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged.

The event was widey covered byl Indian media

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An update from our Spoken English Classes in Agra

An update from our Spoken English Classes in Agra

Vision-Aid has been working with the Lui Braille Blind School in Agra, India on a range of projects. One of these projects is a spoken English program. The classes are taught in a blended model, with the primary instruction happening virtually with one hour long classes every day, and one local assistant teacher who helps to reinforce concepts. The progress we have seen from our students has been remarkable and inspiring!

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Computer Programming Classes for the Visually Impaired- Call for Volunteers!

Vision-Aid is running an exciting  initiative to teach computer programming to the visually impaired. The demand has been strong and we are actively recruiting teachers and mentors to help us. Do you want to get invovled? Please read on!

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Announcement - call for applications - python programming


 

An Exciting Program from Vision-Aid

Computer Programming Classes for the
Visually Challenged

Applications for Spring & Fall Semester 2019 Open.

Limited Enrollment.  Apply soon!

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Vision-Aid's Workshop on Innovations in Mobile and Braille Technologies A Success

Vision-Aid's Workshop on Innovations in Mobile and Braille Technologies A Success

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.

 

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News from the field: Partnership with Aravind Eye Hospital

News from the field: Partnership with Aravind Eye Hospital

Vision-Aid's partnership with Aravind Hostpital in Madurai is making great strides in proving support to the visually impaired in that part of the country.

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Video : Vision-Aid Workshop on “Navigation and Orientation of Accessible MOOCs for the VIsually impaired"

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 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVcCt5xNnwQ&feature=youtu.be

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