In early Fall, Vision-Aid volunteer teachers began working with student volunteers from IIT Chennai, and visually impaired students from multiple locations across India to teach them an MIT computer programming course. These classes have exceeded our expectations. Students are making excellent progress and excitement is building up at Vision-Aid and IIT Chennai as we near the Shaastra summit hackathon for the visually impaired at IIT to be held on Jan 2nd, 2017.
Thanks to well-wishers and supporters like you, 2016 was a marvelous year, ushering in several new initiatives.
1. Vision-Aid training programs for the visually impaired in Spoken English
2. World-class computer programming classes for the visually impaired.
3. A very colorful and memorable annual event in the Boston area in July
4. The receipt of recognition from NASSCOM, India as a finalist in technology entrepreneurship for our award-winning device "Haptic torch for the blind".
Vision-Aid Python programming class got off to a flying start last month.
Vision-Aid, in collaboration with IIT Chennai and MIT, is offering an MIT computer science course, in programming, to qualified visually impaired students in India. Classes are offered free of cost, virtually, with high quality one-on-one mentoring to help these students learn a sophisticated new skill.
Excited to share a new film that was created for, and screened at our annual event on July 24th. This short (5 minute) film has footage from all 6 locations which we currently serve in India. We sincerely thank Vissa Ravi Kiran for the amazing videography in the field, and Doug Milton for his awesome work in editing and creating this new film for Vision-Aid.