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Vision-Aid and I-Stem partner to offer Advanced Technical Training Programs for the Visually Impaired

Vision-Aid and I-Stem partner to offer Advanced Technical Training Programs for the Visually Impaired

 

Vision-Aid and iStem are joining forces to offer a range of advanced STEM training initiatives to the visually impaired!! Inclusive Stem (I-Stem) is a group of young persons who are blind or visually impaired from India pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

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An update from Vision-Aid's programming course (Spring 2018)

An update from Vision-Aid's programming course (Spring 2018)

Vision-Aid is just completing its Spring Semester course on Introduction to Computer programming for the visually impaired and we're delighted to share an update from one of our volunteer mentors, Santosh Vattam, about his experiences and perspectives.

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Leveraging technology to help Students take exams Independently

Leveraging technology to help Students take exams Independently

Traditionally, blind or visually impaired students have always had to rely on scribes, someone who would read and write for them, to take exams. Students, often faced difficulty using  scribes. The scribes were not trained and qualified. They would interpret and enter answers incorrectly, leaving the visually impaired students frustrated.

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Meet our young programming classes path breakers

Meet our young programming classes path breakers

Vision-Aid’s Spring semester of programming classes is currently underway. There are 15 students enrolled from all over India, and an equal number of volunteer mentors experienced in teaching programming from both the US and India, in the 10-week long training.

This is the fourth such batch. The classes are progressing wonderfully.

 

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Vision-Aid Launches a New Center in Agra on World Disability Day

Vision-Aid Launches a New Center in Agra on World Disability Day

Every year December 3rd is observed as the International Day of people with disability. On this occasion, this year, the Vision-Aid team was delighted to announce the launch of a new state-of-the art Vision-Aid Digital Resource Center in the city of Agra, India. 


During the annual event in July 2017, Boston-based philanthropists Vandana and Vivek Sharma, generously pledged support to launch a new Vision-Aid Resource Center in their home-town of Agra. This set in motion a series of planning and implementation activities, which culminated, in just over 4 months, with the formal commissioning of the center. The new center is located on the premises of the Louis Braille Blind School in Agra

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What's happening at Vision-Aid - a field report

What's happening at Vision-Aid - a field report

 

While the Vision-Aid team in Massachusetts has been bustling with various activities, like the annual fundraiser program, Boston accessibility conference and a busy fall semester in our programming course for the visually impaired, the Vision-Aid programs in India have also been busy with many initiatives this fall. Our team members and partners across India have conscientiously been making  strides in different areas.  Here is an update highlighting some of their work:

 

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Boston Accessibility Conference Update

Boston Accessibility Conference Update

 

Here's an update about the 2017 Boston Accessibility conference. First a few testimonials from those who were there:

 

Testimonials: From Dr. Aparna Raghuram, who serves on our board and is a veteran speaker and participant at many national conferences: “It was a fantastic conference. I was wide eyes and listening ears the whole time. Very empowering."

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Vision-Aid's Partner Our Space Our Place hosts Explore Your Heart Resource Fair

Vision-Aid's Partner Our Space Our Place hosts Explore Your Heart Resource Fair

Our Space Our Place, a Vision-Aid partner, hosted a resource fair last week at Tobin Community Center in Boston. Our Space Our Place, a non-profit organization , offers an accessible and fun environment for visually impaired school students in the greater Boston area enabling them to participate in team sports, arts, community service and mentoring . 

The fair, aptly named Explore Your HEART, is aimed to exhibit some of the accessibility resources available to the differently enabled residents of the New England area that would help them experience and enjoy the arts, music, literature and lead a healthy wholesome life. 

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