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Vision Aid Visakhapatnam Partnership

Vision-Aid’s flagship partner in Visakhapatnam, India had a busy and productive 3rd quarter 2015 with progress on multiple fronts. The highlights of the Quarter included the Society being a recipient of 4 rebuilt computers (from Nasscom) that will aid in their programs, participating at the Rotary Waltair Club exhibition where they were able to showcase their abilities and devices, and meetings with key personnel at the Southern Regional National Council for Teacher Education to include Vision Aid ACA course as part of their curriculum.  Additionally, the Society had a full calendar in terms of organizing events – they hosted a special one day orientation for the management teams from 2 new Vision-Aid partners, as well as a one week partner training for Teachers and Administrators for the two new Partner’s teams. All in all, Q3 2015 has been a constructive quarter for Vision-Aid Charitable Services Society as they continue to march towards supporting the rapidly expanding reach of Vision-Aid programs in multiple locations.

 

Vizag July 2015 workshop

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Meet Vision-Aid's Partners in India (2015)

Vision-Aid programs at work in 2015

 A teacher from Vision Aid instructs a visually impaired student about computer applications using a computer screen.

Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

(Vision-Aid programs started 2004)

Vision Aid Charitable Services Society (VACS) in Vizag is the flagship partner for Vision-Aid USA. It operates a center in Dwarkanagar, Visakhapatnam, offering 4 comprehensive courses in Computer Applications for the visually impaired. The Vizag team also offers training camps in surrounding blind schools and delivers online classes that are streamed to several remote locations over the internet through the Vision-Aid Online Academy (VOA), in collaboration with www.Gyaanmantra.com

 

Kolkata, West Bengal

Two young children in Kolkata's Vision Aid program.

(Vision-Aid programs started in 2012)

Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Center, located in Salt Lake area of Kolkata, is a leading eye care provider in the city. Susrut offers state of the art services at an affordable cost to all sections of society and partners with Vision-Aid to offer free low vision screening and vision rehabilitation services in its base hospital as well as thorough its rural outreach program.

 

 Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh

Students from the Ahmadi School for the Blind in front of a podium.

(Vision-Aid programs started in 2015)

The Ahmadi School for the Blind in Aligarh is one of India's oldest blind schools, being established in 1927. The school already has a computer training lab. In 2015, Vision-Aid is establishing a partnership to setup a Vision-Aid Online Academy Station (VOS) to allow students at the school to participate in Vision-Aid courses. Vision-Aid will also provide free laptops to the blind students in the school.

 

Mangalore, Karnataka

Students from Seva Bharathi's Roman and Catherine Lobo School for the Blind lined up outside of classrooms.

 (Vision-Aid programs started in 2013)

Seva Bharathi, a non-profit volunteer-driven service organization was set up in 1991 to help people in distress. Vision-Aid works with Seva Bharathi's Roman & Catherine Lobo School for the Blind to offer computer training to school students as well as other local visually impaired residents in the area.

 

Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

 A student of CADRE India learning on a computer.

 

(Vision-Aid programs started in 2015)

CADRE-India is a volunteer driven organization working in partnership with the rural poor of India in the southern tip of India –Kanyakumari. Established in 1993, Cadre has a proven track record of service to the disabled and poor. Starting in 2015, Vision-Aid will deliver online classes through the Vision-Aid Online Academy to students at CADRE. 

 

Berhampur, Odisha

Students at the Milton School taking an online course.

 

(Vision-Aid programs started in 2015)

Milton Charitable Foundation for The Visually Handicapped is a volunteer-driven, non-profit working for the welfare of the poor and down trodden, visually handicapped children and adults. Their center is located at Berhampur of Ganjam district Odisha, South India.  Starting in 2015, Vision-Aid will deliver online classes through the Vision-Aid Online Academy to students at Milton School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Announcing the Vision-Aid Challenge

Vision-Aid is pleased to announce an exciting new initiative - the “Vision-Aid Challenge” – a program that we hope will help us scale and reach more visually impaired students in under-served regions through our new online platform – the Vision-Aid Online Academy.

 

Here’s how it works:

 

If you know of a blind school or other social organization working with the vision impaired, or an eye hospital that wants to start low vision screening and vision rehabilitation in your town, please connect with them and see if they are interested in partnering with Vision-Aid. Then raise just $5,000 for one year, and send us a proposal. Vision-Aid will bear all of the additional costs and work directly with your recommended organization to provide the computer hardware, software, online technology and know-how and launch a new Vision-Aid center in the partner organization in your favorite town or village in the coming year.  Join us by becoming an ambassador in our mission to reach more and more visually impaired persons in underserved regions.

 

There are just 3 steps in the Challenge to get a Vision-Aid program up and running in your town or village:

 

1.   The interested person agrees to be the main contact point for that proposed partner, and works in collaboration with the Vision-Aid Board to successfully implement the program.

 

2.   The person commits to contributing or raising $5,000 / year to help cover some of the costs. The remainder of the cost and all of the know-how will be provided by Vision-Aid.

 

3.   The organization in India must agree to meet Vision-Aid’s partnership requirements including a review, to ensure that they meet Vision-Aid's standards in terms of its quality of service and operating model.

 

 

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Donate your used Laptop, iPhone or Tablet to a blind student! in India

Vision-Aid, in partnership with Samarthanam USA is excited to offer a Laptop/iPhone donation program starting at this year's annual event on July 18th and beyond. Please bring an old or used (but working) PC or Mac laptop or a working tablet/iPhone to the Vision Aid event and let a visually impaired student at The Samarthanam School for the Blind or at a Vision-Aid Center, benefit from your device. The blind can use computers to access programs and information just like anyone else. They just use special Text-to-speech software. You can also see a demo of such a "talking laptop" for yourself! Please just make sure that the laptop or tablet/iPhone IS IN WORKING CONDITION and NO MORE THAN FIVE YEARS OLD, and includes a working battery/power charging cord. Samarthanam’s IT staff will clean the hard drive and install new OS and special ‘talking’ software and make sure it gets into the hands of a visually impaired student in India. Samarthanman USA will also issue a tax deductible receipt for this donation. We are also looking for volunteers who can help to transport such laptops or devices to Bangalore, India on their next trip, and would gladly welcome any volunteer who can help in this regard. Such Donations may be made after the event also. For more information please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (781) 333 5252 and we will coordinate the donation.
 

 

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Vision-Aid Online Academy Successfully Launched!

The Vision-Aid Online Academy was successfully launched on December 29, 2014. The packed event held in Vizag, was covered by multiple media outlets. Some of the links are provided below. Vision-Aid sincerely thanks all supporters who made this new and innovative accomplishment possible.

The New Indian Express: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra_pradesh/Vision-Aid-Launches-Online-Training-Programmes/2014/12/30/article2594961.ece

The Hindu: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/online-classroom-launched-for-visually-challenged/article6736985.ece

Vision Aid board members stand for a picture. 

 Vision Aid board members seated at the Vizag conference.

 Vision Aid team member views a demo of an online course.

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Virtual Online Academy Technology

Please check out this video clip showing one of our instructors in the Vision-Aid Vizag Center teaching two students in Kolkata using the new virtual online academy technology. 

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=20141121+104834

 

 

 

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Equipping teachers to help blind and low vision school children

St Mary Centenary College of Education (SMCCE) Gnanapuram. (Near Vizag) is one of the biggest Teacher training colleges of the country turning out B. Ed. Degree graduates and D Ed. Diploma’s for teachers. 
 
Through Vision-Aid’s arrangement with SMCCE we deliver our ACA (Administration of Computer Applications) course via extracurricular training camps, to their B.Ed. and D.Ed. student. The goal is   get the teachers better equipped   for universal inclusive education of disabled children slated for introduction in India by 2020.  
 
For the valedictory function for 2014, the Principal asked the students to gather in the college, invited   Mr. M.S.Raju, President of Vision-Aid India to be the Chief Guest and to deliver ACA certificates to successful trainees.
 
The training of these teachers equips them to better serve visually disabled children in an integrated classroom setting is made possible at significantly subsidized costs, thanks to the generous support of Vison-Aid donors. We are always ready to subsidize such camps
 
 

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