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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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Introducing Bharat and Nishant - Vision-Aid Python Programming Stars

Meet the new Vision-Aid star students - Nishant and Bharat. They completed the Vision-Aid Python programming class, with flying colors, and have now also secured over 95% marks in the MIT programming course over edX, receiving formal MITx / edX certification. Congratulations, and way to go - Bharat and Nishant - we are very proud of your accomplishments.  Congratulations also to their amazing mentor/teacher from Vision-Aid, Sonal Patel. 

 

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Workshop at Nethra Vidyalaya

Vision-Aid's partnership with Nethra Vidyalaya bears fruits.

Vision-Aid's partnership with Nethra Vidyalaya/ Jeyer Educational Trust (JET) blind schools is already proving a giant leap in the right direction.

Vision-Aid is currently running a workshop with Nethra Vidyalaya in Hyderabad.

Two members of Vision-Aid staff from Vizag, are at Nethra Vidyalaya. The workshop is being conducted by Vision-Aid members in collaboration with staff from Nethra Vidyalaya.

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Nethra Vidyalay

Vision-Aid announces Partnership with Nethra Vidyalaya to Empower Visually Impaired Children

Nethra Vidyalaya, a non-profit organization, provides education for blind in India and is a part of the Jeeyar Educational Trust (JET).   Nethra Vidyalaya provides educational programs from primary level to high school, junior & senior college, where hundreds of blind students are being trained every year.   Nethra Vidyalaya is unique in terms of their hi-tech approaches. One example is students are trained to write their Intermediate Board exams and Degree exams on laptops without the help of scribes (helpers) – currently the only such program in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, with such arrangements. With its mission, to empower the visually challenged with the latest technology, it is now a growing NGO with over 1860 students. JET provides FREE boarding, lodging, and food, and study material, education for the blind in its facilities in both Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam (Vizag).

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Ravi: A Success Story from Vision-Aid's Python program

Vision-Aid has been conducting various programs to train visually impaired students to be lifelong learners, and reach their highest potential.

One success story is Ravi, an electrical engineering student from India.  To read his story please see the link below

http://blog.edx.org/python-hackathons-job-opportunities-meet-ravi?track=blog

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Short films on Vision-Aid activities

Vision-Aid provides rehabilitation for the visually impaired. Our world-class computer training programs, which are benchmarked with the programs of leading institutions, empower blind and low vision students to reach great heights. Students with vision impairment are provided with one-on-one assessment , training and devices. 

Vision-Aid programs have won 6 national and international awards in its 10+ years of existence.

We  appreciate Ravi Kiran Vissa, Director of Photography and Doug Milton, editor, for producing some videos that highlight Vision-Aid's endeavors in the past year.

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Computer Programming Classes for the Visually Disadvantaged

Vision-Aid is running several exciting new initiatives to teach computer programming to the visually impaired – both in India and in the Boston area.

 

Current programs include:

 

Python programming classes

 

Vision-Aid is back with an exciting program to teach Python programming.  After successfully completing a pilot for teaching computer programming for the visually impaired in 2016, we are thrilled to offer an even more comprehensive program in 2017. 

 

The Vision-Aid program uses material provided by Dr. Charles "Chuck" Russell Severance, Associate Professor the University of Michigan. We are profoundly grateful to Dr. Chuck , the University of Michigan and Coursera. 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!

 

The program will run for 9 months in three sessions – beginner, intermediate, advanced. Each session will be 12 weeks long. During this program, the students will be introduced to computer science and programming concepts using Python, one of the most popular languages for getting started with computer programming.  

 

No prior computer programming experience is necessary but certain pre-requisites do apply. Vision-Aid will conduct an assessment and enroll students at the appropriate level. 


Students in this Vision-Aid program will learn from the experts in the field using the best online learning resources. The classes will be offered over Skype. Each student will be paired with a teacher who will work with the student to guide them through the course material.

 

Vision-Aid is pleased to offer this course free of cost to the students. However, each admitted student will be expected to pay an advance deposit of Rs. 500. If the student attends classes regularly and completes the 12-week module, the deposit will be fully refunded. The purpose of the deposit is to encourage students to stay committed to the course and complete it. There is no minimum passing grade required for the refund – we only expect regular and sincere participation to be eligible for the full refund. 

 

We believe in training the students so they can be lifelong learners, and reach their highest potential. We encourage and guide our students to participate in Hackathons such as the Shaastra, IIT Madras Tech Festival in Chennai.   Students, who complete the course, will be eligible to participate in a hackathon for the visually impaired, at the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai (all travel and lodging expenses will be taken care of). Vision-Aid will also provide scholarships to qualified students, to cover the cost of completing certification for a programming course online from MIT.  (For a short film about the 2017 hackathon in IIT, please click on the link below)

 

https://vimeo.com/207227443

 

 

A call for volunteers

 

 If you know Python programming and want to teach or assist in this existing program, please send us an email with your resume, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

HTML / Web programming workshop in Boston

 

Vision-Aid is excited to announce that in partnership with Our Space, Our Place - a Boston based nonprofit, we will be supporting a one week programming workshop for blind students from the Boston (and other regional) public school systems.

The coding camp will take place from July 10 – 14 in Microsoft’s NERD center in Cambridge, MA. It will run from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM daily.

The visually impaired students in the class will be 14-21 years in age. Most of them enter the class with no prior knowledge of HTML/CSS, and will leave the week-long workshop with the skills and tools they need to build their own web sites.

We need a few volunteers skilled in HTML & CSS to support this class, as teaching assistants (TA’s) to support the class. Prior experience in teaching the visually impaired (via other Vision-Aid courses, or otherwise) is desirable but not required. Experience in HTML/CSS, and the required time commitment for this workshop are the key requirements.

If interested, please fill in the application below ASAP and no later than May 22nd.

For more details about the workshop and Our Space Our Place, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll be happy to send these over.

Finally, if you know of visually impaired students who live in the Boston area, who might be interested in participating in the course, please have them contact us and we'd be happy to introduce them to Our Space, Our Place for possible enrollment into this program. (They can send email inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfLPtGtao11eGajH…/viewform…

 

 

 

 

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What's happening at Vision-Aid?

Vision-Aid has had a great start this year.  Various programs have been rolled out in the field to help rehabilitate the visually impaired across our centers.  The pictures below provide a glimpse of some the ongoing activities that have been successfully running by the love and support of our volunteers.

In the pictures below, you will see hands on computer training being conducted at one center.  At another center, you will see vision impaired job aspirants being trained and counseled.

Hands on hardware training for vision impaired    Vision impaired job aspirants being counseled and trained at Vision aid center

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