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Applications open for Vision-Aid Fall 2019 Programming Course

Announcing – An Exciting Program from Vision-Aid: Programming in Python - Classes for the VI and blind.

Applications open for  Fall Semester 2019

Limited Enrollment.  Apply soon!

Application closing date: 10th September 2019

 

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Overview

Are you a visually impaired or blind person who wants to learn computer programming? Vision-Aid is  announcing a new semester set to start this fall (September 2019). After successfully teaching Python programming for the visually impaired  over the last three years, we are thrilled to offer an even more comprehensive program this year. There have been changes in the program and admissions policy compared to previous years. Please make sure you go through this message carefully.

 

About the Course

 Students are introduced to computer science and programming concepts using Python, one of the most popular languages for getting started with computer programming.  Students selected for the Vision-Aid program will learn from experts in the field using the best online learning resources. The classes will be offered over SKYPE/ZOOM.  Each class will have two or more students. The course will have a midterm and final exam. Students who complete the course will be awarded a Vision-Aid certificate in Python Programming.

 

Why you should join?

We believe in training the students such that they can become lifelong learners and reach their highest potential. Vision-Aid students have earned MOOC certificates from MIT, Stanford and the University of Michigan.

Some have also secured excellent advanced learning and employment opportunities.  Please view the following Videos of some of our Vision- Aid star students – Adithi and Bharghav.

 

Opportunity to participate in Hackathon

Qualifying students who successfully complete the course are also invited to attend a hackathon for the visually impaired. This event is organized by iStem, Vision-Aid and other leading organizations in India. All travel and lodging expenses for the conference will be borne by Vision-Aid and sponsors, and students will have a unique opportunity to meet with top IT companies in Bangalore, the technology hub of India, to understand employment opportunities and to gain valuable team work experience.

 

Schedule:

The Fall session class begins by the last week of September 2019 and ends by mid February 2020.  The course will run for around 20 weeks. Depending on the pace of learning, students are usually known to complete the course within 15 to 16 weeks.

Cost

Vision-Aid is pleased to offer this course free of cost to the students. However, students are required to have their own laptops/computers and a good internet connection. Please note that this semester we have waived the advance refundable deposit requirement which was required in the past.  

The mandatory prerequisites for applying for this course are:

•    Desktop or laptop computer with reliable internet connectivity.

•    Motivation and dedication.

•    Discipline for focused learning and commitment to spend minimum of  10 hours per week.

•    Commitment to pursue higher level courses in Python for at least two years to become job worthy for IT industries, for which Vision Aid will provide mentorship.

•    Good communication skills.

Additional requirements that provide an advantage to applicants.

1.Exposure to  programming concepts

2. Familiarity with other computer languages like C, C++

 

Admission criteria

  • Applications duly filled and submitted will be shortlisted based on  prerequisites and desirable factors.

  • Shortlisted candidates will go through a screening test for logical reasoning and basic mathematics .

  • Successful candidates from the screening test will be personally interviewed over the Zoom meeting app.

  • Candidates who are selected after the interviews will be enrolled into the course.

 

Please note that this is an intense programming course. It will require a minimum of 10-15 hours of dedicated study and homework each week. Students who do not put in the required time and effort may find it very difficult to complete the course and master the concepts. Therefore, regular attendance and time commitment are very important.  A student should apply to the course only if they are sure they can invest the needed time for the entire duration of the course. Once admitted a student MUST commit to attending all classes regularly without exception. Any student who misses more than 2 classes without prior written permission from the program coordinator may be automatically dropped from the course and asked to reapply for the next round of classes. In that case, someone on the wait-list will be allotted their seat.

 

How to apply

Please fill out the form below. 

Note that the demand for the course in prior semesters has been strong, so apply soon to avoid the waiting list.

 

Click the link below to apply.

 

APPLICATION FORM

 

Questions?

If you have any additional questions on the program, please send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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