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.
Vision-Aid is holding a workshop, in collaboration with our partner, Youth4Jobs, at the Youth4Jobs office in Bengaluru, to provide a hands-on training on Innovations in Mobile and Braille Applications for trainers of the Visually Impaired. This workshop has limited enrollment and primarily for Vision-Aid and Youth4Jobs trainers, and from our partner networks, although others who are interested may feel free to contact us via email, and we will try to accommodate , if space is available!
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
Vision-Aid sees MOOCs as a valuable and scalable resource for all our students, giving them access to a diverse range of very high-quality content from the top universities for free or very nominal cost.
More than 25 blind or visually impaired Vision-Aid students from our past and current attended this workshop. During this 2-hour virtual workshop, Vision-Aid mentors Bhargav and Sonale gave demonstration by using a screen reader to navigate around on a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) platform and showed the basic steps to register for a MOOC platform and take an actual class on this platform.
Some of our students are already taking courses on MOOC platforms to develop new skills and improve their lives. They are the trail blazers in the world of MOOCs. They also joined and shared their experience in taking the class on various MOOC platforms. It has been inspirational to see many of our young blind learners (some as young as 12), taking challenging courses such as Dr Chuck’s class from University of Michigan in python programming and successfully completing it, on the Coursera platform with the able guidance of our team of dedicated mentors.
The Vision-Aid team thanks Sonal and Bhargav for conducting this wonderful workshop and all participants and mentors for their support. Feedback from participants has been very positive (you will hear it at the end of the video below).
Here is the video link to this workshop for more insight
Vision-Aid is proud to announce some new ventures as the year 2018 comes to a close.
In 2017, Vision-Aid introduced Spoken English as one of the key programs in our model. We quickly realized that while many organizations teach spoken English, the materials and methods rely heavily on visual cues which do not work for the visually impaired students. So we set out to design a custom training program in spoken English for the visually impaired that can reach visually impaired students in all settings rural and urban.
The Boston Accessibility Conference was held on last Saturday October 27th at the Fidelity Offices in downtown Boston, MA. Vision-Aid co-sponsored the conference and hosted a panel "Making MOOCs more accessible to the visually impaired" and an information session on "The Vision-Aid Model”. Vision-Aid sincerely thanks our corporate sponsors Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare for their financial support which made this event possible. We are working on making the videos available soon. Please stay tuned!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finding employment for the visually impaired has always been a challenge irrespective of which part of the world they belong to. Vision-Aid's aim has been to help visually impaired people gain employment.
Five visually impaired students who completed training from Vision-Aid's Vizag centre have been able to secure full time employment. After completion of training at Vision-Aid, these candidates were selected via the Andhra Pradesh State Govt disabled Quota or the Combined Banks Exam for the Disabled.
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