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Meet Vision-Aid's Partners in India (2015)

Vision-Aid programs at work in 2015

 A teacher from Vision Aid instructs a visually impaired student about computer applications using a computer screen.

Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

(Vision-Aid programs started 2004)

Vision Aid Charitable Services Society (VACS) in Vizag is the flagship partner for Vision-Aid USA. It operates a center in Dwarkanagar, Visakhapatnam, offering 4 comprehensive courses in Computer Applications for the visually impaired. The Vizag team also offers training camps in surrounding blind schools and delivers online classes that are streamed to several remote locations over the internet through the Vision-Aid Online Academy (VOA), in collaboration with www.Gyaanmantra.com

 

Kolkata, West Bengal

Two young children in Kolkata's Vision Aid program.

(Vision-Aid programs started in 2012)

Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Center, located in Salt Lake area of Kolkata, is a leading eye care provider in the city. Susrut offers state of the art services at an affordable cost to all sections of society and partners with Vision-Aid to offer free low vision screening and vision rehabilitation services in its base hospital as well as thorough its rural outreach program.

 

 Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh

Students from the Ahmadi School for the Blind in front of a podium.

(Vision-Aid programs started in 2015)

The Ahmadi School for the Blind in Aligarh is one of India's oldest blind schools, being established in 1927. The school already has a computer training lab. In 2015, Vision-Aid is establishing a partnership to setup a Vision-Aid Online Academy Station (VOS) to allow students at the school to participate in Vision-Aid courses. Vision-Aid will also provide free laptops to the blind students in the school.

 

Mangalore, Karnataka

Students from Seva Bharathi's Roman and Catherine Lobo School for the Blind lined up outside of classrooms.

 (Vision-Aid programs started in 2013)

Seva Bharathi, a non-profit volunteer-driven service organization was set up in 1991 to help people in distress. Vision-Aid works with Seva Bharathi's Roman & Catherine Lobo School for the Blind to offer computer training to school students as well as other local visually impaired residents in the area.

 

Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

 A student of CADRE India learning on a computer.

 

(Vision-Aid programs started in 2015)

CADRE-India is a volunteer driven organization working in partnership with the rural poor of India in the southern tip of India –Kanyakumari. Established in 1993, Cadre has a proven track record of service to the disabled and poor. Starting in 2015, Vision-Aid will deliver online classes through the Vision-Aid Online Academy to students at CADRE. 

 

Berhampur, Odisha

Students at the Milton School taking an online course.

 

(Vision-Aid programs started in 2015)

Milton Charitable Foundation for The Visually Handicapped is a volunteer-driven, non-profit working for the welfare of the poor and down trodden, visually handicapped children and adults. Their center is located at Berhampur of Ganjam district Odisha, South India.  Starting in 2015, Vision-Aid will deliver online classes through the Vision-Aid Online Academy to students at Milton School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vision-Aid announces Panelists for Boston Accessibility Conference

The Boston Accessibility Conference on Saturday October 27th at the Fidelity Offices in downtown Boston, MA. Vision-Aid is sponsoring a panel "Making MOOCs more accessible to the visually impaired".

Making MOOCs more accessible.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are opening an exciting world of learning for many. Great strides have been made in the area of accessibility. However barriers still remain which can make some of the content in MOOCs inaccessible to persons with disabilities. A concentrated effort to overcome as many of the remaining barriers in accessibility as possible, can make MOOCs a vibrant and inclusive learning place for all. The World Health Organization estimates that there are over 250 million people worldwide with low vision and around 40 million who are blind. How can we make MOOCs content and platforms fully accessible to this segment?

A high-powered panel of experts will explore this subject from many perspectives:

  • the challenges and needs of visually impaired learners.
  • the innovations by MOOC platform providers.
  • the role of educational institutions, employers and technology providers, whose inputs are needed to offer a holistic solution.
  • the role of modern technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) in addressing these challenges.

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Thank you Dr. Chuck, University of Michigan and Coursera!

Thank you Dr. Chuck, University of Michigan and Coursera!

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!

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Vision-Aid invites you to Boston Accessibility Conference 2018

Boston Accessibility Conference 2017

 

The Vision-Aid team is excited to announce the next major event, a series of speakers and panels at a Conference co-sponsored by Vision-Aid : The Boston Accessibility Conference on Saturday October 27th at the Fidelity Offices in downtown Boston, MA. This is a FREE event, open to the public. Conference and registration information can be found below. Registration is currently open.

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Vision-Aid Invites you to a workshop & virtual information sessions

Vision-Aid Invites you to a workshop & virtual information sessions

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.

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Vision-Aid rolls out programming course for Juniors at Nethra Blind School Hyderabad

Vision-Aid rolls out programming course for Juniors at Nethra Blind School Hyderabad

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. 

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First Phase of Vision-Aid National Resource Center at Aravind to launch on October 1

First Phase of Vision-Aid National Resource Center at Aravind to launch on October 1

In July this year, Vision-Aid entered into a partnership with Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, to establish a National Resource Center (NRC) for the visually impaired at Aravind’s main campus in Madurai.

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Calling all Volunteers to teach Computer Programming to the Visually Impaired

Starting September 5th 2018, Vision-Aid is offering its fifth session of advanced technical training to teach the visually impaired.

 

After successfully completing a pilot for teaching computer programming to the visually impaired in 2016, and 3 more series of classes in 2017-18, we are happy to announce a new course for Fall 2018. The program will run for 9 months, in 2 semesters (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019) – with a short break in between the semesters. 

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Update on Vision-Aid programs at work in Sankara Netralaya

Update on Vision-Aid programs at work in Sankara Netralaya

 

In 2017, Vision-Aid entered into a partnership with Sankara Netralaya (SN), in Chennai India to establish a National Resource Center for the Visually Impaired. During the first phase of this project, Vision-Aid has been working closely with the Low Vision Clinic at SN to help bring affordable technology-based devices to its poorest segment of visually impaired patients. 

 

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