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Update on Vision-Aid programs at work in Sankara Netralaya

 

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. 

 

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Vision-Aid Congratulates Alumni for Job Placement.

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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Bhavya Shah meet and greet event in LCC on August 7, 2018

A special Vision-Aid evening with Bhavya Shah!

On Tuesday, August 7th, Vision-Aid was delighted to host a very special event at the Lexington Community Center - a meet-and-greet event with one of our star students Bhavya Shah. Bhavya is 16 years old and lost his vision at a young age due to a retinal condition which could not be treated.

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Nethra student taking board exams

Leveraging technology to help Students take exams Independently

Traditionally, blind or visually impaired students have always had to rely on scribes, someone who would read and write for them, to take exams. Students, often faced difficulty using  scribes. The scribes were not trained and qualified. They would interpret and enter answers incorrectly, leaving the visually impaired students frustrated.

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Bhuvi and Bhavya , Vision-Aid student stars

Meet our young programming classes path breakers

Vision-Aid’s Spring semester of programming classes is currently underway. There are 15 students enrolled from all over India, and an equal number of volunteer mentors experienced in teaching programming from both the US and India, in the 10-week long training.

This is the fourth such batch. The classes are progressing wonderfully.

 

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Launch of Agra Center

Vision-Aid Launches a New Center in Agra on World Disability Day

Every year December 3rd is observed as the International Day of people with disability. On this occasion, this year, the Vision-Aid team was delighted to announce the launch of a new state-of-the art Vision-Aid Digital Resource Center in the city of Agra, India. 


During the annual event in July 2017, Boston-based philanthropists Vandana and Vivek Sharma, generously pledged support to launch a new Vision-Aid Resource Center in their home-town of Agra. This set in motion a series of planning and implementation activities, which culminated, in just over 4 months, with the formal commissioning of the center. The new center is located on the premises of the Louis Braille Blind School in Agra

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Students at Nethra Shamsherabad

What's happening at Vision-Aid - a field report

 

While the Vision-Aid team in Massachusetts has been bustling with various activities, like the annual fundraiser program, Boston accessibility conference and a busy fall semester in our programming course for the visually impaired, the Vision-Aid programs in India have also been busy with many initiatives this fall. Our team members and partners across India have conscientiously been making  strides in different areas.  Here is an update highlighting some of their work:

 

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Boston Accessibility Conference Update

 

Here's an update about the 2017 Boston Accessibility conference. First a few testimonials from those who were there:

 

Testimonials: From Dr. Aparna Raghuram, who serves on our board and is a veteran speaker and participant at many national conferences: “It was a fantastic conference. I was wide eyes and listening ears the whole time. Very empowering."

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Export Your Heart Resource Fair

Vision-Aid's Partner Our Space Our Place hosts Explore Your Heart Resource Fair

Our Space Our Place, a Vision-Aid partner, hosted a resource fair last week at Tobin Community Center in Boston. Our Space Our Place, a non-profit organization , offers an accessible and fun environment for visually impaired school students in the greater Boston area enabling them to participate in team sports, arts, community service and mentoring . 

The fair, aptly named Explore Your HEART, is aimed to exhibit some of the accessibility resources available to the differently enabled residents of the New England area that would help them experience and enjoy the arts, music, literature and lead a healthy wholesome life. 

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Online class at Nethra Vidyalaya

Vision-Aid in partnership with JET launches program at Rishikonda, Andhra Pradesh

In July, the Vision-Aid team in Vizag met Secretary & Correspondent Ms. Shireesha Latha and Principal Ms. Subbalakshmi of the Nethra Vidyalaya, school for the visually impaired, in Rishikonda. They developed a plan to schedule regular training programs.
 
Later that month Vision-Aid team members installed  the Vision-Aid online teaching stations at Netravidyalaya – Rishikonda on 01/08/2017.
 

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