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What's happening at Vision-Aid this fall?

 

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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Announcing the Panel for Innovations in Affordable Assistive Technology

Panel Overview

Moderator: Paul Parravano Speakers:  Brian Charlson, Igor Feinberg, Jessica Shi

Panel Objectives

This panel will explore innovations in affordable assistive technology and devices for individuals with blindness or low vision. While there have been many advances in the field of assistive technology and devices, the high cost of such innovations keeps many of them outside the reach of the visually impaired.  The focus of this panel will be to highlight innovations which are affordable and can be scaled up to reach large numbers with low cost.

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Announcing the Panel for Empowering and Employing the Visually Impaired at Boston Accessibility Conference.

Panel: Empowering and Employing the Visually Impaired

Moderator: Karen Young, Speakers: Cheryl Cumings, Nicole Ross, Dr. Sonal Patel

Panel Overview

This panel will examine how we can prepare the visually impaired to get relevant skills and good employment opportunities in today’s economy. The subject will be explored from 3 different perspectives: Educator, Employer and Clinician. Topics will include how to address challenges faced by the visually impaired in finding the right skills and jobs, experiences in teaching programming to the visually impaired, the use of MOOC’s to provide high quality, relevant skills and Vision Rehabilitation from a clinical perspective.

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Invitation to Boston Accessibility Conference 2017

Boston Accessibility Conference 2017

 

The Vision-Aid team is excited to announce details of the next major event on our  event horizon -  An amazing series of speakers and panels at a Conference co-sponsored by Vision-Aid : The Boston Accessibility Conference on Saturday October 7th at the IBM Innovation Center in Cambridge, MA. This is a FREE event, open to the public. Conference and registration information can be found below. Registration opens end-August.

 

2017 conference flyer
 

 

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Online class at Nethra Vidyalaya

Vision-Aid in partnership with JET launches program at Rishikonda, Andhra Pradesh

In July, the Vision-Aid team in Vizag met Secretary & Correspondent Ms. Shireesha Latha and Principal Ms. Subbalakshmi of the Nethra Vidyalaya, school for the visually impaired, in Rishikonda. They developed a plan to schedule regular training programs.
 
Later that month Vision-Aid team members installed  the Vision-Aid online teaching stations at Netravidyalaya – Rishikonda on 01/08/2017.
 

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