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

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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.

 

Several of them have successfully completed under-graduate and graduate studies in Science, Math and Technology from leading institutions including Stanford, and secured employment in companies like Microsoft and Google.  Inspired by the challenges that many of them faced as STEM students in India, their goal is to make math, science and technical education more accessible and inclusive in the country. They do this through accessible technical training, mentorship, hands-on activities such as hackathons and internships, professional development webinars, technical R&D and a strong community.

Vision-Aid offers introductory courses in Computer programming to visually impaired students across India in semester-long courses. Four semesters have been successfully completed and over 50 students have been trained in this program which offers one-on-one high quality, free mentoring for the full semester to walk students through the intricacies of programming. Many students are blind and have no prior knowledge of programming, so this is an incredibly challenging program for both students and mentors, and it has been gratifying to see many students successfully complete the course despite its rigorous nature.

 

Now, starting in the Fall of 2018, on successful completion of Vision Aid’s training program, interested students who have performed well in the Vision-Aid course will be invited to join the I-Stem Advanced Technical Training Program. This program is a thorough computer science training program and attempts to prepare the candidates for the software industry. To do so, the program has several components.

 

 

We look forward to scaling this program to the benefit of the many talented visually impaired people we are serving.  Our thanks and gratitude to the many volunteers in both Vision-Aid and iStem who make this unique program possible through their dedication and efforts. 

 

The Vision-Aid Team

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