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Meeting at Perkins School

Vision-Aid collaboration with Perkins

The Vision-Aid leadership team had a productive meeting with the leadership team at Perkins School for the Blind, Boston. The meeting was to discuss ways to collaborate and work togehter in India.

 

Perkins is an iconic institution which serves approximately 200 students on campus and many children with special needs through training. It offers services via regional public school systems. Perkins International impacts the lives of thousands of disabled children in 67 countries. Perkins Solutions, offers innovative assistive technology products and training to the visually impaired. 

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SCEH

Vision-Aid Signs Memorandum With Shroff Charitable Eye Hospitals

Shroff Charitable Eye Hospital was established by Dr. Sorabji P Shroff in 1914. The current operational hospital is in Daryaganj, New Delhi. It was inaugrated in 1927. Dr. Shroff's third generation of eye surgeons are actively involved in the SCEH. Shroff Hospitals have over 100,000 patient visiting it per year and  about 10,000 surgeries are conducted there annually. They have eye clinics in several locations.  It was a significant moment when Vision-Aid entered into an agreement with SCEH expanding its reach into Northern India. 

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Students attending training

Vision-Aid: Updates from all our programs

Various Vision-Aids teams on the ground are doing some incredible work. In just the second quarter of 2019, Vision-Aid offered a total of 684 interventions to the visually impaired across its programs in 10 locations and online. Some highlights of Vision-Aid's work on the ground are listed below:

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Students attending training

Meet Vision-Aid student Aarush

Periodically Vision-Aid reports the work done in the field. Those are just the numbers, but behind each of these numbers are stories of amazing individuals who inspire the team at Vision-Aid to continue the work they do.

 

The story of Aarush  

 

Aarush is a young student in Vision-Aid's programming course. Heis a junior from New Delhi, with a passion for coding.   He has no sight, but that does not stop him from pursuing his dreams.  He is currently studying in 10th grade and has many hobbies beside coding.  He is an avid writer. He writes for his school magazine. He loves to sing and meditates regularly. 

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Inaugration

Meet the First batch of Vision-Aid Dr. Badar and Mariam Maskati Scholars!

While the Vision-Aid team in Boston was focused on the mega annual event, a wonderful new Vision-Aid program was taking birth, halfway around the world,  in Vizag India. On Monday July 22nd, the first batch of Vision-Aid Maskati Scholars arrived at Vizag from nearby areas and began their six-month long journey to acquire new skills, in the residential training program in Vizag.

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Ankit, a student from Vision-Aid's programming course

Vision-Aid's impact - the numbers, and an inspiring story behind the numbers

Warm 4th of July greetings from the Vision-Aid team.

 

While carrying out our mission of enabling, educating and empowering the visually impaired, we strive to spread our services to have as a wide impact as possible with the available resources and so there is always a focus on the numbers and metrics. But in the end, what motivates many of us in the team is the inspiring individual stories behind these numbers.

Below, we share with you both the numbers (for the first quarter of 2019) and a very inspiring story which we selected from amongst many such stories. We hope you enjoy reading about the story of Ankit – most of which is told by him in a letter to us.

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Nibin Matthews

Nibin Mathew: A Vision-Aid Success Story

The Vision-Aid team is proud to share the success story of Nibin Mathew, whose dedication and determination is an inspiration.

 

A chain of life-changing events has fuelled Nibin's efforts to spread his technical training to the visually challenged from his region in Wayanad, Kerala. Born into an agricultural community in Wayanad, Nibin had lost his vision to glaucoma in 2012. He underwent several eye-surgeries at the Aravindh Eye Hospital Coimbatore, gaining limited vision. Due to lack of adequate support for STEM education(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) after the tenth grade, Nibin pursued study in the field business and finance till twelfth grade. He obatined bachelors degree in arts and humanities thereafter.

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Ram Raju with Derek Bok Public service award

Harvard University Recognizes Vision-Aid Founder Ram Raju with The Derek Bok Public Service Prize for 2019

May 30th 2019 was a very special day for the Vision-Aid famiy. Ramkrishna Raju, the founder and Executive Director of Vision-Aid received the Derek Bok Public Service Prize for 2019. The Derek Bok Public Service Prizes are very prestigious awards given at  Harvard University's Commencement each year to graduating studetns from the Harvard Extension School. It carries a medal, a citation and a cash prize of $3000. The award recognizes creative initiatives in community service or long-standing records of civic achievement.

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Vision-Aid Partnership with Sankara Nethralaya: A Success Story

In January 2019, Vision-Aid and Sankara Nethralaya (SN) launched a resource center at SN’s Shenoy Nagar campus in Chennai. After initial setup and preparations, the resource center started seeing patients in March. In just the month of March, the center has served 43 people with significant visual impairment including some with multiple disabilities.

The beneficiaries of this program are people of all ages. Infant, young children and adults receive counselling, educational guidance, training in orientation and mobility. They are taught independent life skills like usage of assistive software and mobile technologies. Early intervention and vision developmental therapy is also part of the services.

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Revathy Ramakrishna

Stop the Presses! Vision-Aid's Revathy Ramakrishna is Woman of the Year 2019

Vision-Aid is extremely proud to announce that our co-founder and Vice President, Revathy Ramakrishna, has been chosen as the Woman of the Year 2019. The award was judged by a panel of nine independent judges. Revathy was presented with the award on Friday 17th May 2019 at the Annual Woman of the Year Awards gala held at Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA. 

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